At Alpha Dawgs, we want to provide delicious food for as many people as possible, so we make sure that our menu includes options that fit into many different dietary plans. For instance, our menu offers a number of great vegan options. In our experience, those who are not vegan tend to harbor some misconceptions about vegan food, so we have put together this article to address some of the most common myths we hear about this topic.
- Myth #1: Vegan food lacks protein. One common myth about the vegan diet is that it is low in protein, and that vegans need to supplement their intake with protein powder or similar products. While it’s true that there are many vegan dishes that are low in protein, when you consider the vast array of vegan food, it’s easy to find options that supply this nutritional need.
- Myth #2: Vegan food is unhealthy. Another myth that we have encountered about vegan food is that it is unhealthy–specifically, that soy products can interfere with sexual development and affect male testosterone levels. The origins of this myth lie with the phytoestrogens found in soy products, as some people assume that these plant hormones will affect the body in the same way that its naturally occurring estrogen does. Studies have shown that this is not at all the case, as phytoestrogens are 100 to 100,000 times weaker than the estrogen in the human body, so there is no need to worry about soy products disrupting your hormonal balance.
- Myth #3: Vegan food lacks vitamin b12. A third myth that we have seen about vegan food is that it doesn’t provide sufficient vitamin b12, and that the only way to get enough of this essential nutrient is to eat meat. This is not true, as there are a number of vegan sources for b12, such as nutritional yeast, yeast spreads, or plant milks.