11 Vegan Stereotypes And Myths. Are They True?
Vegans Do Not Get Enough Protein
Possibly the oldest and biggest stereotype regarding vegans is that they never get enough protein.
This probably originally started out when non-vegans only thought vegans ate salad. Of course, if you only eat lettuce leaves all day, you’re going to be protein deficient.
But vegans don’t only eat lettuce…
Vegans eat a ton of foods that are high in protein:
And this is only the tip of the iceberg! There are a whole bunch of other plant-based foods that contain protein.
The average male needs about 55 grams of protein a day. The average female needs about 45 grams.
This numbers are easily obtainable for any vegan. One block of extra firm tofu can have up to 70 grams! A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds has 9 grams! And 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds have 10 grams!
The myth about vegans not getting enough protein has been busted for some time.
Vegans Can’t Build Muscle Nor Get Stronger
This myth is similar to the first one.
“Vegans don’t obtain enough protein. They can’t get stronger or build muscle.”
“Plant protein is insufficient to animal-based protein, so you won’t build muscle as well.”
I used to think this as well.
Before I was vegan, I thought that switching to a plant-based diet would have me feeling weaker and not gaining as much strength from my workouts.
Boy was I wrong.
I’ve been vegan for 2 years now, and I’ve never been stronger in my life. That goes for all my workouts and exercises. I’ve significantly increased my deadlift, squat, and bench press over the past 2 years.
I am a 6 foot 1 inch tall male, and weigh roughly 200 pounds of lean mass.
I’ve had no issues in weight gain at all.
Plant-based protein may not have the same amino acids profiles as meat, but that doesn’t make it insufficient. If you want to gain muscle mass on a plant-based diet, you’ll have no problem doing it, as long as you reach your protein and caloric goals every day.
Vegans Are Offended By Everything
‘Vegans are offended by meat, therefore they’re offended by everything’ is the general statement.
On the contrary, vegans are not offended by meat… they just don’t support the horrible industry and consequences that come along with the meat industry. Asking for change is far different from feeling attacked.
On the other hand, thinking vegans are offended by everything else is quite a stretch.
I never find anything offense that’s for sure. I mind my own business, and I respect other people’s choices and business as well.
To say all vegans are offended is silly. That depends on a person to person basis. There are people who eat meat and find everything offense, and there are vegans who find everything offensive.
It really doesn’t matter who you are…
Vegans Have Tell Everyone About Their Diet
I see where this stereotype originates from but it’s harshly exaggerated.
Let me give you an example.
When I tell someone I’m vegan, they instantly start asking me all these questions about protein, Vitamin B12, why I’m vegan, etc.
When someone asks me these questions I’m going to respond so I can educate the individual. Never did I ever just go up to random people and explaining the vegan diet and lifestyle. That would be just weird…
Vegan Food Tastes Horrible
I’ve heard people state that vegan food tastes like wood shavings… lol
To say all vegan food tastes bad is just silly.
Yes, there are vegan products and foods that are disgusting.
I personally hate the taste of those dry and bland black bean burgers.
At the same time, there are animal-based foods that are gross! Tons of them. It’s not different for plant-based foods.
Some are tasty and some of them suck.
Not everything is going to be perfect.
Vegans Are Liberals, Hippies, and Feminists
To stereotype that vegans have certain viewpoints or act a certain way is essentially generalizing the entire vegan population.
Vegans come in all different shapes and sizes, races, colors, backgrounds, and viewpoints.
It just so happens that they all have the same viewpoint regarding their diet and not consuming animal products.
I’m a vegan and I do not consider myself a liberal, hippie, nor a feminist.
At the same time I’ve met vegans of all different backgrounds: black, white, latino, hardcore conservatives, democrats, tattooed hippies, gay, straight, and so much more.
Are there vegans who carry and share some offended liberal stereotypes?
But that doesn’t mean all of them are as such!
Vegans Are Terrorists And Hate All Non-Vegans
In June of 2018, Piers Morgan put vegans on blast during a debate on live TV with vegan activist Joey Carbstrong.
During the debate Piers Morgan actually stated along the lines of (paraphrasing here) “veganism would be more appreciated if there was less of this vegan terrorism.”
Unfortunately, Piers Morgan fell into the trap of believing many of the stereotypes in this article. One being that vegans are forcefully pushing their diet on people and terrorizing others who don’t carry the same viewpoint as them.
Mr. Morgan… There are some bad vegans out there. Just like there are bad police officers, firefighters, teachers, politicians, priests… you get the point.
To use the term “terrorist” is a simple misjudgment on Piers Morgans part.
Vegans do not hate all non-vegans. All they wish to do is educate them a little more. It’s not a matter of love or hate.
Practically all of my friends eat meat.
Do I hate them? No.
I love my friends. They are some of the nearest and dearest people to me. Plain and simple. The fact they have a different viewpoint or diet doesn’t and will never change that fact.
Vegans Force Their Veganism Upon Others
Again, this goes with the same idea that vegans are offended and are trying to force their diet onto meat eaters.
I, along with all my vegan friends, have never forced our vegan viewpoints upon anyone else.
Have I educated some of my meat-eating friends when they’ve asked questions about my diet? For sure…
Not all of us are pushy, pouty, and angry ‘grass eaters’ who want everyone to turn vegan within the next hour.
I don’t like to force or peer pressure anyone into anything, especially when it comes to their diet.
If someone does bring up my diet or their own diet, I may take the time to explain to them how they would benefit from a plant-based diet, but in no way do I say “I WILL NOT TALK TO YOU UNLESS YOU GO VEGAN!”
Vegans Care More About Animals Than Humans
I’ve heard some people argue that vegans want the extinction of humans…
Now I know that humans are capable of horrible and horrendous things.
Us humans are hurting our planet every single day.
But in no way do I wish harm on people or think of a person less than a sheep, fly, dog, or any other animal.
And in no way do I wish for the extinction/harm to other humans because they are capable of evil.
If us vegans did wish harm, that would just make us hypocrites… because humans are technically animals anyways.
In fact, this stereotype is found to be completely opposite. Vegans are compassionate for all life, especially their other fellow humans!
It’s just that our logic goes as follows: humans are stronger, more intelligent, and have power over animals. But just because we have power over them doesn’t justify us to brutally kill, eat, torture, breed, and control them.
Animals deserve life, just like us humans.
Remember, it’s not just animals!
We care for all living beings, homosapiens included!
Vegans Only Eat Salads
Maybe the first vegans did, but it’s the 21st century.
Have you seen all the available vegan products in grocery stores and supermarkets?
Hell, even fast food restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, and others have plant-based meats and foods for vegetarians and vegans!
If you walk into Whole Foods, you’ll find more plant-based foods and products than you ever even imagine. There are entire aisles lined up with pure vegan foods like ice cream, frozen pizzas, buffalo wings, cheese, burgers, and so much more!
Regardless, there’s also a ton of other whole, organic foods to eat that I’ve already listed in this article.
- Pasta, rice, and other grains
Salad is only a tiny fraction of what vegans consume.
The world is learning about veganism and incorporating it more and more.
Just like how most meat-eaters don’t only eat meat, vegans don’t only eat salad.
Vegans Are All Super Healthy
Just because something is vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
And just because someone is vegan, doesn’t mean they are healthy.
You can be vegan and still have the worst diet.
Potato chips are vegan.
Lots of candy is vegan.
Oreos are vegan.
Sugar and salt are both vegan.
There are millions of junk food products for vegans to eat.
And just because something has “vegan” on the label or product packaging, doesn’t mean it’s going to be good for you.
In fact a lot of the mock/substitute meat you see nowadays like the Beyond and Impossible Burgers are filled with salt and oil. Not exactly the healthiest meal choice.
If you eat low quality, salty, and sugary foods, you are going to gain weight and compromise your health. And if you keep it up, you’re going to suffer in the long run.