Truth Belts is an online designer vegan belt store which specializes in cool vegan accessories. So naturally, a designer vegan belt blog will have a lot to do with veganism! Today I will attempt to dispel the myth that a vegan diet is unhealthy.
But before I do, I’d like to briefly touch on the hilarity that some people refer to themselves as carnivores.
Maybe they like this term because it means they can promote meat consumption, as they are enthusiasts. But the opposite of a vegan diet is not a carnivore diet. Being a carnivore means surviving on a diet where you’re solely eating flesh. If you’re a human and you do this, you will die, plain and simple. Unless you’re a lion, you can’t call yourself a carnivore.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s begin with addressing some myths against a vegan diet and some vegan health tips to help you along the way.
Perhaps the most common myth concerning a vegan diet is the lack of protein one gets from it.
What is protein? Proteins are organic compounds of molecules comprised of amino acids. It gives you strength, energy and helps build and repair muscle.
How much of it do you need? Whether you follow a vegan diet or another diet, it’s the same. According to Canada’s Food Guide, you should be getting 75g per day. Dr. Oz agrees.
It’s nice to have a solid number to go by, but it’s as useful as the glasses of water a day rule. The amount of water you need per day depends on your weight, level of activity, and how much water you’re expelling through your breath, perspiration and urine. These numbers are just guidelines.
Canada’s Food Guide doesn’t promote a vegan diet, or any other specific diet over others. It simply lists an optimal amount of what we need. Under protein it says, “Meat or alternatives”, which basically means you can get your protein from wherever as long as you’re getting enough.
If you’re following a vegan diet, you must take a vitamin B12 supplement and eat vitamin B12 fortified foods. The effects of vitamin B12 deficiency are irreversible which is scary, but as long as you’re taking the supplements, you’re golden.
Nutrition Facts says “the easiest and most inexpensive way to get one’s B12 is to take at least 2,500 mcg (µg) of cyanocobalamin once each week, ideally as a chewable, sublingual, or liquid supplement
Or, if you’d rather get into the habit of taking something daily (instead of once-a-week), I recommend at least 250mcg (I know the math doesn’t “add up” but that’s due to the vagaries of the B12 receptor system.”
We’re supposed to eat meat because it has the word “eat” right in it…flawless logic, right?
Well, Medical Daily contributor Susan Scutti shows us that eating loads of red meat can give us too much iron leading to Alzheimer’s Disease. It also often leads to cardiovascular and heart disease.
To add to the list, a high intake of red meat also leads to colon cancer as shown by a U.S. study of 148,610 participants. Type 2 diabetes, Mad Cow Disease and a host of other illnesses come as a result of meat consumption.
I’m not a doctor. I’m not a scientician. I’m a dude who’s done his research. I highly recommend you do the same. Read from credible sources. See a dietician or nutritionist and take your own health and well being seriously. The future old you will be glad you did.
Thanks for reading! Yours in health, consciousness, and veganism, this is Ashkon Hobooti for Truth! Live Your Truth, and Respect Others’!