8 Plant-Based Diets Myths You Should Ignore

Plant-based diets have many benefits. But some people arenít willing to try them because of misinformation. In this article, weíll tackle the most common myths about plant-based diets and let you decide whether a plant-based diet will work for you or not.

Plant-based proteins arenít good for building muscles

Plant-based proteins wonít make you lose muscles and become weak. In fact, they are just as effective as animal protein in building muscles.

In this study, researchers found that participants who ate rice protein increased muscle mass after workouts, almost as much as those who ate whey protein, an animal-derived protein.

Whey protein eaters gained slightly more muscle mass because whey contains more protein per gram compared to rice proteinónot because animal protein builds more muscles than plant-based protein.

Plant-based diets are high in carbs

Complex carbs arenít bad. They give us energy and help fuel our organs. Processed carbs are unhealthy since they spike blood sugar and cause weight gain.

Plant-based diets will give you adequate amounts of complex carbs plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Plant-based diets keep you hungry all the time

This couldnít be further from the truth. Veggies and legumes contain fiber which keeps us full for longer. And theyíre also low in calories, so you donít have to eat small portions to avoid excess calories.

Switching to plant-based diets is one of the best ways to control hunger. Whole foods donít spike blood sugar and take longer to digest.

You have to combine plant-based proteins to get all nutrients

You donít have to combine beans with rice in every meal to get all the nutrients. Research shows that eating different plant-based foods throughout the day will give you all essential amino acids.

This protein combining myth has been debunked in detail in this article.

Plant-based foods take too much time to cook

Cooking whole foods may feel like eternity if youíre used to eating packaged foods. But there are ways to simplify the process. First, you can prep meals for a whole week, or use a slow cooker. Simply, toss everything in a slow cooker, and dinner will be ready when you get home.

Plant-based diets arenít healthier

Research shows that plant-based diets lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease while high intake of red meat has been linked†to cancer and heart disease.

Plant-based diets guarantee weight loss

Some folks assume that switching to a plant-based diet is all it takes to lose weight. This makes sense because plant-based foods are low in calories and very filling. But these benefits wonít mean anything if you continue to consume sugar and processed foods.

In short, a plant-based diet promotes weight loss only when you avoid processed junk food.

Plant-based foods are too expensive

Eating plant-based foods doesnít have to be expensive. Beans and other legumes are quite affordable. You should also consider buying fruits and veggies from farmerís market since theyíll probably be cheaper than in the supermarket.

After all, grass-fed beef is more expensive than most plant-based foods

Which plant-based diet myths have you heard?

73 comments

Margie FOURIE
Margie Fabout a month ago

I like a varied diet

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heather g
heather g1 months ago

Too much protein consumed on a daily basis can shorten your life - that's why a plant-based diet is more balanced and healthy. People should research how much protein we really need. (Consider all the African sport stars and runners who don't have a quarter the protein that Westerners eat)

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Ruth C
Ruth C1 months ago

We are happy with our plant-based diet.

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Tanya W
Tanya W1 months ago

Noted

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Tanya W
Tanya W1 months ago

Thank you

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Elena P
Elena P1 months ago

Thank you

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Elena P
Elena P1 months ago

Thank you

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Mostapha Z
Mostapha Z1 months ago

Any other myths that we may not heard about ? I am sure there are thousands out there making their daily rounds.

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Leo C
Leo C1 months ago

Thank you for posting!

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Leo C
Leo C1 months ago

Thank you for posting!

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