Myths

Common Vegan

Where Do You Get Your Protien?

This is the first thing people ask when they are uninformed about a vegan diet.  All plants (including fruit) contain protein and include all essential amino acids.  As long as you eat enough and a variety of plant foods, you will consume enough protein.  Any protein you get from an animal is recycled from plants.  Excess protein is linked to almost every disease from osteoporosis to cancer.  The largest study ever conducted linking nutrition to disease is called The China Study.  A 20 year study, 65 countries, 100's of people from each country, tracked for 20 years.  The results where conclusive that the mortality rates from cancer and other chronic diseases were directly tied to the consumption of animal products.  The higher the rates of death, the higher the consumption of animals.  While the opposite was true for countries that ate a predominantly plant-based diet. Animal protein promotes cancer growth.  In this book, and in many other studies done, researchers discovered that they could actually turn the growth of cancer cells On and Off by raising and lowering doses of Casein, the main protein found in cow’s milk.

Humans Have Survived on Meat for Ages

This is True!!!!  However note the key word here “survived”.  Meat, and processed grains are “Survival Foods”.  The further away from the tropics that man has gotten, the more survival foods that were needed.  As we get closer to colder climates the more we need calorie dense foods to survive.  Humans don’t need to survive anymore.  We need to thrive.  The further from the equator we get the more diseases we get.  When we eat fresh, living, raw, organic, plant-based food, high in sugars and low in protein and fat we get well.  When we eat processed grains, sugars, and dead animals we get sick.  Just because parts of society have eaten meat for thousands of years does not mean it is what we are suppose to eat now.  Eskimos have an average life expectancy of less than 50 years old.  The Japanese life expectancy is over 88 years old.  That's almost twice the AGE!!!! The main staple in the Japanese diet is starch, coming from fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds, and very, very little animal protein.  Eskimos main source of calories come from animal protein.  Eskimos have some of the highest rates of almost every major disease.  Humans were not designed to LIVE on meat.  We have survived.  But we are not thriving.

Humans are at the Top of the Food Chain. We are Meant to Eat Meat.

Just because we can kill animals and eat them doesn’t mean we should.  We don’t need animal products in our diet.  Vegans live healthier lives without slaughtering others and wreaking havoc on the environment.

There is no proof that a plant-based diet is healthier than other diets.

A low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet is the only diet that has been shown to halt and reverse life-threatening conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Also, vegetarians and vegan populations have lower rates of heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. 

Vegans are always Skinny, Weak and Tired.

No Meat?  No Problem!  The Gorilla can lift up to 10 times its body weight.  Ever heard of an Elephant, Rhino, Hippo, Bison, Wildabeest, Horse?  The biggest and strongest animals on earth are all vegan. Some of the strongest men in the world, and some of the top athletes in the world are all vegan, and they all share the common denominator that they had increased strength and recovery.....  After going vegan!

There has never Been a Vegan President.

Bill Clinton had heart disease and underwent multiple quadruple coronary bypass surgeries.  Since his last one he has switched to a vegan diet and is now healthy and thriving. 

We Need Milk and Dairy for Strong Bones.

The human body has no more need for cows milk then it does for dog’s milk, horse’s milk, or giraffe’s milk.  Milk Builds Strong Bones is MARKETING.  Not science.  There is no evidence that we need to drink milk from other animals.  There is however an incredible amount of evidence linking higher amounts of diseases like osteoporosis, and hip fractures to the consumption of dairy. Each species is designed to drink milk from its mother, until it is done weening.  Each species’s milk has a different amount of protein, carbs, and fats in it, designed to grow its offspring.  After weening, no species continues to drink its mothers milk, or any other animal's milk for that sake.  Human milk is the perfect food for human babies. 

My 85-year old grandma loves meat and is alive and healthy. That’s proof that meat is healthy.

Thats great that your grandma is healthy and I hope she lives a long and healthy life.  However, looking at large populations (and not individuals), research shows us that the longest-living populations in the world thrive on plant-based diets.

A Vegan Diet Is Extreme.

Is it?  The western diet guarantees that half-a-million people in the U.S. each year will have the front half of thier body divided, their heart exposed, and then have their veins taken from their leg and sewed into their heart.  Some people would call that extreme. 

Carbohydrates Make you Fat.

All large populations of slim, trim and healthy people eat a predominately high carbohydrate rich diet.  If carbohydrates made people fat, then how come we see millions of Asian populations slim from eating a diet based off of starch or rice?  People assume foods like pizza and french fries are "carbs' but these foods contain more fat than they do carbohydrates.  Processed carbohydrates can only make you gain weight if there is an excessive amount of fat added to them.  Fruit sugars are completely healthy for the human body and are easily metabolized within each cell thanks to its high water and fiber content.  Fruit alone does not make one “fat”.  If it did then someone who eats a diet predominately of fruit would be obese.  Instead, nearly one third or 2.1 billion people who are either obese or overweight are eating excessive amounts of fat in their diet, not carbohydrates from whole food plant-based sources.

Sugar Feeds Cancer Cells.

Every cell in the body requires sugar (glucose) for energy.  Take away the energy and you take away your life.  This topic has been so heavily researched by some of the most important doctors to date.  Dr. John Mcdougall’s life work centers around a high carbohydrate (sugar) diet to reverse and prevent disease.  Then you have the other end of the spectrum - diets that take away sugars like the Atkins, Paleo, and Keto type diets.  All of these diets encourage high fat consumption primarily coming from animal products.  Which has already been proven in almost every aspect that this is unhealthy for human consumption.  BTW... Dr. Atkins had multiple heart attacks, died of heart failure, and weighed 258 pounds when he died.  HMMM..  Sounds like a great diet.  Those diets do see initial weight loss results, but extreme deficiency and toxicity always follows as they are extremely high in animal fats and protein.  Sugar is the main source of energy for optimal human health!  Here is a video where Dr. McDougall sums it all up extremely well.