Have you ever thought of becoming a vegetarian? According to the NHS around 2% of the UK population is vegetarian; that’s more than 1.2 million people and a big chunk of those are teenagers. With the amount of vegetarian options popping up on menus and on highstreets, we expected this number would be much higher, but it could be down to the many myths around what happens when you go green. So, we’ve got our myth-busting caps on and are uncovering the truth about some of the most popular misconceptions when it comes to going veggie…
1. “You won’t get enough protein”
If you’re already vegetarian, we’re sure you get this all the time, and it couldn’t be any more wrong! There are plenty of other great sources of protein besides meat like lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, and milk, actually, most foods have some sort of protein in them, so this one is definitely a myth.
2. “Forget the gym, you won’t have the energy”
Wrong again! If the likes of tennis superstar Venus Williams is vegetarian, you shouldn’t have any issues getting that spin class done! A vegetarian diet will give you just as much energy as a meat-based diet, it’s all about being well rounded in what you eat and ensuring you’re getting the right nutrients, but that’s the case for everyone really!
3. “You will lose weight and be healthier”
This may surprise you, but this isn’t actually always the case. If you choose to eliminate meat from your diet, make sure you’re replacing it with whole, plant-based good stuff, not processed rubbish, otherwise you just won’t be getting the benefits.
4. “You will be hungry all the time”
Nope, definitely not! Being vegetarian doesn’t mean eating like a rabbit. A plant-based diet is packed full of fibre, protein, and healthy fats, and as fibre is actually indigestible it quite literally keeps your gut full as well as stabilises blood sugar levels to prevent cravings – winner!
5. “Get used to eating fake meat”
If tofu, tempeh and Quorn aren’t your thing, don’t force it! Mother nature knows best after all and has been providing everything needed for a balanced diet well before meat alternatives came about, so just find what works best for you.