Frequently Asked Questions and Myths
Vegetables, legumes, beans and whole grains have protein. In fact, people on a plant-based diet get about 70% more protein than they need. Only 3% of Americans are protein deficient (elderly and people on a calorie restrictive diet), but 97% of Americans are fiber deficient, with fiber found mostly in plants. Meat, dairy and eggs have no fiber.
Actually veganism is now the trend in professional sports due to the increase in strength, stamina and recovery. Here are just a few of the many vegan athletes:
1. Nate Diaz
He was the Ultimate Fighter Season 5 winner.
If anything, meat’s gonna slow you down.” — Nate speaking to Men’s Journal
2. Venus Williams
“Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me.”
3. David Carter
“After being vegan for only two months I can honestly say that being vegan is not the only most efficient way to be full body strong, it’s also the most humane; everyone wins.” —In an interview with Plant Strong
For anyone struggling to gain weight on a Vegan diet — here is your inspiration. When playing he has a weight of around 300 pounds. That’s a lot of plants!
4. Rich Roll
Rich Roll is an Ultraman athlete (Ultraman is a 3-day / 320 mile double-ironman distance triathlon). He once completed an almost impossible task of 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. Something he has named the EPIC5 CHALLENGE.
To complete these challenges takes an unprecedented amount power, strength and fitness — and all this is powered by a plant based diet.
5. Tia Blanco
Tia Blanco is a 21 year old professional surfer who won the first place Gold medal at the International Surfing Association (ISA). The ISA is the world governing authority for surfing. She also has a Youtube channel where she goes through some of her daily plant based meals.
“more energised than ever before. I am rarely ever sore after my workouts. I also find myself reaching a higher athletic level.” — Tia on her Vegan diet
Although we can digest meat, our guts are longer than those of carnivores in order to digest plant food, and our teeth are not designed to slice and tear flesh. In fact, we know that consuming red meat increases the risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and several types of cancer.
Plants do not feel pain, because they do not have pain receptors, nerves or a central nervous system. The ‘screaming’ that sensitive equipment has detected when plants are damaged is thought to be caused by movement of gasses. The cut releases the pressure allowing gases inside the plant to move towards the cut, making a noise as they do so.
According to Dr. Michael Greger, “The myth that plant proteins are incomplete, necessitating protein combining, was debunked by the scientific nutrition community decades ago.”
Not anymore…many restaurants offer vegeterian/vegan options, and plant-based meat alternatives are also so tasty that popular restaurant chains, like Chipotle, TGIF, Mellow Mushroom, White Castle and even McDonald's are offering plant-based entrees such as the Beyond Burger, Impossible Burger and pizza with vegan Daiya Cheese. To quickly find a plant-based restaurant near you, just check out the Happy Cow app.
Beans, rice, burritos, chili, pasta, soups and more are relatively inexpensive compared to meat. Even plant-based meats and cheese are now coming down in price because of their soaring popularity, and the largest consumers of vegan products are actually non-vegans. Vegan restaurants are popping up everywhere, and large chains, like Chipotle and White Castles, have vegan options at prices in line with the rest of their food items.
Without the need to artificially breed animals and use factory farming to keep up with the demand, these animals can return to their natural habitats, such as forests and hills, and their population levels will drop back down to normal.
Here are a few quotes to share:
1. “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30
2. “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations of food and wine … Then Daniel asked … ‘Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.’ … At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.” —Daniel 1:8, 11–12, 15
3. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like an ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.” —Isaiah 65:25
4. “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you.” —Job 12:7
5. “The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.” —Proverbs 12:10
6. “He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.” —Psalms 147:9
7. “I will make for you a covenant on that day with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety.” —Hosea 2:18
8. “How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither? For the wickedness of those who live in it the animals and the birds are swept away, and because people said, ‘He is blind to our ways.’” —Jeremiah 12:4
9. “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.” —Luke 12:6
10. “Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.” —Psalms 36:6
11. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” —Matthew 5:7
Actually, according to Dr. Michael Greger, “milk consumption is associated with significantly higher risk of hip fractures, cancer, and premature death.”