This post is inspired by three people: the dinner companion who called a salad “Rabbit Food”, a drug rep who I offered a taste of my cooking and told me: “I guess I’ll try it, I’ll try about anything!” as if vegan food could be on Fear Factory, and the friend who told me that she made a vegetarian dish and was surprised it was “filling”. Don't get me wrong - I respect people of all diets but I feel that eating veggie is sometimes viewed in a negative way and I'd like to shed some light on common myths associated with the diet.
- Vegetarian Cuisine leaves you hungry:
- Long-term Vegetarianism or Veganism is unhealthy or dangerous:
- You need more protein than a veggie diet can give:
Tofu: ½ cup=20 grams
Kidney beans: 1 cup = 13 gramsAlmonds: ¼ cup=5 grams
Quinoa (cooked): 1 cup=8 grams
Lentils (cooked): 1 cup=18 grams
My favorite, favorite thing to discuss with patients when myth-busting protein is to present all the incredible vegan athletes in the world. I just followed a vegan body builder on Twitter: Big Nelly (@AlphaD307). He is super buff and very nice. I provide articles to patients on vegan athletes including a raw vegan Olympain , vegan ironman, and vegan ultra marathon runner. It's incredible what your body can do fueled by plants alone.