Danielle Gibson | HealthGreatness

While vegetarians and vegans are still in the minority when it comes to diets in the United States, an increasingly large percentage of the population has begun identifying as vegan in recent years. Veganism refers to a diet where no animal-based foods or products are consumed/used. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to the vegan diet. Whether you’re considering going vegan, have loved ones who are vegan, or are simply interested in learning more about veganism, you should be aware of these all-too-common myths.

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Myth 1: It’s Way Too Expensive

Many people are skeptical of the vegan diet because they assume it’s much more expensive than a “traditional” diet that includes animal-based products. In reality, a vegan diet doesn’t have to be expensive, as many vegan foods are fresh produce items that you can get for cheap. And for those who don’t think they have the time to invest in always having fresh ingredients stocked in their fridge, there’s always the option to buy frozen vegan foods, which tend to be cheaper as well.

Myth 2: You Won’t Get Enough Nutrients

Another misconception people tend to have about vegan diets is that you can’t get your required nutrients without eating animal-based foods—especially when it comes to protein. This simply isn’t true. There are many protein- and nutrient-rich foods that are vegan, including lentils, beans, seeds, and even soy milk. Plus, there are always supplements one can take to make up for any lack of vitamins or nutrients in one’s diet (though they shouldn’t be necessary if you’re doing it right!).

Myth 3: You Have to Love Tofu

When many people think of a vegan diet, they think of tofu. And while it’s true that tofu is an excellent option for those who enjoy it (it soaks up the flavor of whatever it’s cooked with), you don’t have to eat tofu for every meal or even like tofu to go vegan. Lots of people get by just fine on a vegan diet without ever cooking tofu, so if you don’t like it, that’s perfectly fine.

Myth 4: Anybody Can Do It

Last but not least, understand that the vegan diet isn’t for everybody. It’s not something you can subscribe to temporarily just to lose weight; it really is a commitment and a major lifestyle change. If you’re thinking about becoming vegan, be sure to talk to your doctor before you make the switch to ensure it’s the right decision for you.