Step aside, Sherlock Holmes. WayFare Health Foods is on the case and ready to bust some myths about our good friend: the plant-based diet.
We know how simple and healthy eating a plant-based diet can be. But here’s the thing—many people don’t! Some individuals haven’t heard of a plant-based diet or have been misinformed about what it’s really like. When it comes to dietary habits, people can be very cautious because personal health is precious. We’re dedicated to laying out the facts about good nutritional practices because your health is worth it.
Here’s what we know: we believe plant-based eating can improve your health, and science is on our side, too. But we want to make sure you feel confident and have questions answered before changing your dietary habits—we’re all in this together! So, with your questions in mind, we’re polishing our magnifying glass, opening our memo pad stuffed with notes, and getting ready to debunk the top four myths we’ve heard about plant-based diets. Once we’ve laid out the truths, we hope you’ll walk away with more confidence and knowledge under your belt about plant-based eating. Heck, maybe you’ll become a fellow super-sleuth and set the record straight for others curious about trying a plant-based diet!
What is a Plant-Based Diet?
Let’s lay out some facts before we jump into myth-busting. A plant-based diet centers on the principle that eating foods primarily from plants is better for your health. Those who eat a plant-based diet typically follow these basic principles:
- Focus your diet mainly on plants, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes.
- Reduce or avoid animal products in your diet.
- Avoid refined foods, such as white flour, added sugars, and processed oils.
- Source organic food as much as possible to increase your food’s quality.
Many people confuse a plant-based diet with vegan or vegetarian diets. While they are similar in some ways, they are different due to a few factors. Vegan diets remove all animal products from your diet, including dairy, poultry, meat, seafood, eggs, and honey. Vegetarians remove all poultry and meat from their diets, but some variations allow for eating eggs, dairy, or seafood. Essentially, the term “plant-based” is a broad category with specific diets that fall under this category. The plant-based diet doesn’t completely restrict animal products.
Debunking 4 Plant-Based Diet Myths
Myth: Trying to transition to a plant-based diet is too hard.
Truth: Let’s face it: starting any new task—whether it’s a dietary change, a new hobby, or an exercise regimen—feels overwhelming from the start. But with the proper knowledge and tools on hand, you can conquer any task set before you, and that includes transitioning to plant-based eating. Start by researching some of the basics of what foods to include on your grocery list, which foods to remove, and what ingredients to watch out for on food labels. From there, you can integrate new foods and phase out old ones at a pace that’s sustainable for you and your family.
Need a hand getting started with a plant-based diet? We’ve got your back! Check out the WayFare Guide to Going Plant-Based.
Myth: You don’t get enough nutrients on a plant-based diet.
Truth: It is very doable to get the nutrients your body needs on a plant-based diet with good food choices and/or supplementation. For example, many think cow’s milk is the only source of calcium. Breaking news: it’s not! Dark leafy greens are great sources of calcium, like kale, spinach, and bok choy.
“What about protein?” you may ask. “Isn’t meat a primary source of protein?” Why, yes, it is—but it’s not the only source of protein! Beans, tofu, nuts, and whole grains can provide a rich source of protein to meet your daily intake needs. The same goes for iron, which is another major nutrient found in meats. Iron-enriched breakfast cereals, dried apricots, and pumpkin are a few of the many plant-based foods that can be excellent sources of iron.
This myth of nutrient deficiency came around because two nutrients primarily obtained from animal products are Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. However, removing animal products from your diet does not mean you are without options for keeping these two nutrients in your diet. Vitamin D can be synthesized into the skin after sun exposure for longer than 15 minutes. Additionally, in recent years, ranges of Vitamin D-fortified foods have become available, such as bread, cereal, and plant-based milk. If you have completely removed animal products from your diet and are eating completely plant-based, you should consider taking a Vitamin B-12 supplement to upkeep your body’s fortification.
Myth: My kids won’t like eating vegetables if we switch to a plant-based diet.
Truth: Like Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster, this myth is one of the most common tall-tales we come across: kids don’t like to eat vegetables. In truth, many kids do enjoy eating vegetables when they are well-prepared, and they can lend a hand in the selection and cooking process. If you want to introduce your kids to plant-based eating, involve them in the food options so they can feel part of the process.
To get them started, try making plant-based versions of foods they already enjoy, like spaghetti with tofu bolognese sauce or cauliflower nuggets. Then, start offering them a choice between different veggies, like corn on the cob or carrot sticks, celery with plant-based cream cheese or broccoli with plant-based cheddar sauce.
Myth: There aren’t enough options when eating a plant-based diet.
Truth: You have the whole world at your fingertips when you eat a plant-based diet—literally! Many people forget that the Earth produces so many natural ingredients that they can eat with a plant-based diet. Bonus, they can combine these ingredients to form incredibly unique, tasty dishes. Yes, fruits and veggies are a major part of plant-based eating, but so are grains, healthy fats, legumes, seeds, nuts, tofu, assorted condiments, plant-based milks, spices, herbs, and so much more! Once these foods become the focal point of your diet, your creativity expands in the kitchen, so you can whip up many different foods you and your family will love.
WayFare is proof that there are plenty of options with a plant-based diet. All our products are not only completely plant-based but kosher, vegan-friendly, and free from the big 8 food allergens. From the best plant-based butter on the market to our rich plant-based sour cream, our plant-based, big 8 allergen free foods make eating a plant-based diet simple, delicious, and amazing.
Ready. Get Set. Let’s Go Plant-Based!
Have we solved some mysteries about plant-based eating for you? If you think so, share your newfound knowledge with a friend and give plant-based eating a try with WayFare! We offer the finest range of plant-based products on the market, and we don’t skimp on flavor, either. From plant-based puddings to plant-based cheddar cheese sauces, we want to make plant-based eating fun and tasty for you and your loved ones. Shop our plant-based products online today!