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Myths and Facts of Vegetarianism
It's Vegetarian Month. Learn about the benefits of going vegetarian, what the myths are--and why they're wrong.

 

There are lots of valid reasons to become a vegetarian--it's a great way to get more nutrients in your body,  for one thing.  You can never go wrong with a fruit-and-veggie-based diet!  Many vegetarians choose their lifestyle to protest cruelty to animals and the way meat is produced; still others are against corporate management of food (Monsanto, anyone?).  Whatever your reasons, you can have diet that's balanced, healthy, and delicious.

 Over the years, vegetarianism has dealt with a bad reputation for not being enough to sustain someone, but that is not the case.  Eliminating meat does not mean you have to get rid of taste, flavor, or feeling full.  Eating seasonable fruits and vegetables, along with nuts, beans, and noodles can be one of life's simple pleasures.  You'll soon forget what it was like to eat that tough steak or greasy burger.

Myth: Vegetarians have to eat gross meat substitutes to get protien.

Fact: Protein is present in many foods, not just tofu, from eggs to beans to nuts.  For those who do not want to eat animal products (vegans), hummus is a great way to pack protein into your diet.  Nature has given us more that enough foods to not get our protien from meat if we don't want it.

 Myth: Vegetarians have to eat lots of carbs and fats to make up for the lack of meat.

Fact: No way!  While consumed in moderate amounts, carbohydrates and fats are essential for a healthy diet, but they are not the cornerstone of a vegetarian's diet.  Like the name, a vegetarian diet can be based in vegetables, with some carbs and fats and you can get more than enough of what you need.

 Myth: A vegetarian's diet is boring.

Fact: These days the shevles are lined with vegetarian and vegan cookbooks.  There are literally hundred of dishes, snacks, and desserts you can make without using meat or animal products.  A simple google search yeilds dozens of amazing, creative, flavorful recipes.  Cuisines from around the world have meatless dishes, and becoming a vegetarian is a chance to learn about how flavors come together, how meals should be prepared, and which foods have the most nutritional value.  It's the furthest thing from boring.