10 Myths About Vegetarian Diets, Busted
The truth about vegetarian diets
Myth: You can't get enough protein from plants
Meat doesn't have a monopoly on protein. In fact, almost all foods (except alcohol and sugar) contain some. A half-cup of beans even has about the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat. To get all of your essential amino acids, focus on eating a variety of protein-packed plants, including lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, and milk (almond works if you're cutting out dairy), recommends Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Bonus: Vegetarian diets tend to have higher levels of fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamins C and E than omnivorous ones.
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Myth: Your workouts will suffer
Myth: It guarantees weight loss
Myth: Meatless diets aren't safe for pregnant women
Myth: Vegetarian eating is expensive
Sure, produce comes with a price tag, but at three-plus bucks per pound, meat is one of the priciest groceries money can buy, making vegetarian eating by and large less expensive, says Gidus. If your fresh produce is getting pricey, consider buying it frozen.