VEGAN MYTH BUSTING 101

There are just some things that vegans are used to hearing on the daily. Some are justified don’t get me wrong - but some can get a bit (understatement) frustrating. So here is your quick guide debunking all the vegan myths and questions once and for all, and perhaps may surprise you on things you thought you knew about veganism.


“Yeah but aren’t you lacking in some nutrients?”

There is only ONE essential nutrient/vitamin that you cannot get naturally on a vegan lifestyle: and that is vitamin b12. This is because it is only found in soil which cows and some other animals obviously ingest and hence people get through eating their meat. However, these days even the animals struggle to get adequate b12 and so they are injected with it before they are killed to make sure the meat and dairy products contain enough.


Therefore, vegans should definitely be taking a b12 supplement. However many meat-eaters are often found to be deficient in b12 as well, and a lot of doctors recommend that everyone take a supplement. This can be done through taking a daily multivitamin, a sole b12 vitamin, or these days most plant milks are fortified with vitamin b12 as well.


Other than that, every vitamin/nutrient can be obtained through a vegan diet.


“I’d love to go vegan but it’s just too expensive”

If anything, it’s cheaper. OK granted if you are going to be buying ALL the new releases (and there are bucket loads these days), all the stuff from expensive brands and all the fast food releases then yes, it will add up. But the exact same can be said for a meat-eating diet.


Trust me – I was a vegan whilst living at university having to make £300 last me 4 months. Most of the staple foods that I have every day are some of the cheapest foods in the supermarket:

Oats, Dairy free Milk, Pasta, Chickpeas, Rice, Beans, lentils, Linda McCartney Sausages, fake chicken chunks, fruit, veg, sauces etc.


One study showed that those who eat meat on average spend a whopping £645 extra a year on food, compared to those on a meat-free diet.[1]

I’d really recommend following some pages on social media (such as lillybvegan on Instagram teehee) which show easy, cheap vegan recipes. Also, there are a lot of really good recipe books these days that are cheap, easy and vegan – I have a really great one called the 5 ingredient vegan!


“What about all your leather?”

Following a vegan lifestyle means not buying any leather, and I will never buy it again as long I can help it. However, I have many leather trainers that I bought before even being vegetarian.


A lot of being vegan is about being as sustainable as you can, and throwing away perfectly decent items is so wasteful. Some vegans understandably really don’t feel like they can wear leather and so donating old leather items to a charity shop is a really good tip in this instance to avoid unnecessary waste: it means that they are not wasted but the direct production of leather is not supported.


It’s the same with all my non cruelty free makeup – I will not purchase it again but that does not mean I will throw it away while it is still perfectly OKto use.


So don’t let thinking you have to get rid of all leather stop you from following a vegan lifestyle, and also don’t immediately critically attack a vegan that you see wearing leather as they may not be able to afford a replacement, or may have recently turned vegan etc.


“Do you not miss meat?” (or the very similar) “I could not LIVE without bacon”

I do not miss meat. If I really did fancy something meaty then I could eat it given the amount of stuff available these days. Also, no one is pointing a gun to my head and forcing me to be vegan – this is my choice, if I wanted to eat meat then I wouldn’t be vegan.


This can also put people off going vegan. For some reason veganism has been portrayed as having to be an all or nothing approach. Whilst I would love everyone in the world to be 100% vegan, I know that is not realistic for many people: and so, if you think you could be vegan apart from having your snickers bar once a day, or you don’t think you can live without cheesy chips after a night out, then go vegan as far as you can but allow yourself those things! Little swaps still make a huge change for vegan demand and benefits for the planet and animals etc. Just do what you can, and maybe have the aim to go fully vegan eventually.


“If you don’t want to eat meat then why would you eat fake meat?”

BECAUSE IT IS NOT MEAT.


Do you think that chicken nuggets come off of the chicken perfectly in nugget form? No – they are heavily processed to become chicken nuggets. So how is that different from processing other ingredients (which don’t come from animals) into ‘chicken’ nuggets as well? I just don’t understand this one because if you can have something that tastes the exact same (as many vegan chicken nuggets do) but doesn’t harm animals – why wouldn’t you choose that option?


“But what if you were stranded on a desert island – would you eat an animal?”

This is simply a way for people to guilt trip vegans or vegetarians into the admission of circumstantially having to eat an animal.


To these people I ask a question closer to the truth: what if you were living in a world where you could eat and enjoy all the foods you love without having to harm animals at all – would you still eat animals?


“Where do you get your protein?”

For some reason protein has been portrayed as being the most sacred aspect of the human diet. Have you ever heard of anyone in the world having a protein deficiency? That being said, for some people who have specific fitness goals it may understandably be an area of concern.


Vegans get enough protein – end of. All of the 9 essential amino acids that form protein can be found in plants so vegans will never have to worry about getting adequate protein. Where do you think cows get their protein from? Animals are just the middle man, people eat meat to get protein that the meat got from plants.


Beans, legumes, rice, meat alternatives, tofu, soya are all ridiculously high in protein. One of the strongest men in the world is vegan: Patrik Baboumian. If you are really concerned, again follow my Instagram for some high protein inspiration!


“They’re just going to kill the animals anyway so what is the point?”

This argument is the one that frustrates me like no other, but I have to admit I did use to say this as well many moons ago.


Think about the basic and fundamental rule of business: supply and demand. Research by the company Nielsen revealed that in 2019 red meat sales fell by £185 million. And what does decline in sales mean? It means that less animals are being bred for slaughter. Its displayed perfectly by the huge influx of vegan products that are being released every day. Demand for meat-free food in the UK increased by 987% in 2017.


So if you ever find yourself asking what the point would be anyway: think about all the lives and resources that you could save.


“What about medication?”

Just because you have to take animal tested medication does not mean you are any less vegan (say it louder for the people in the back) !!! Not only is a lot of medication animal tested, but many tablets have a lactose coating.


The definition of veganism by The Vegan Society is:

living in a way that seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals.”


Some things are simply unavoidable, and that is OK.





I hope that this has given an insight into the realities of going vegan. Many people may try and pick apart veganism just to make themselves feel better so don’t let it get you down! If you do have any more genuine questions or curiosities about going vegan then please, please email me!

[1] https://www.plantbasednews.org/opinion/meat-free-diet-cheaper-ps600-year

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