Dispelling the Myths of Vegetarianism

Myth 5: Our bodies require us to eat meat.

This is the funniest myth to me. It reminds me of cavemen times, when food was scarce, and humans ate what they found. Perhaps that is why people just can’t imagine not eating meat. After all, chances are they grew up with the idea that a well-rounded diet consisted of a portion of some kind of meat. Images of the food pyramid dance in our head, as well as the belief that meat is the only source for necessary nutrients and vitamins.

In the United States, meat is a tradition, while veggies, grains and beans are just side dishes. Incidentally, many wonder what’s left to eat without meat—after all, a meal isn’t a meal without the meat. To dispel this myth, we have to completely change society’s relationship with food, which isn’t very likely.

Obviously, vegetarians have shown that people can survive without meat. Twelve million people (3) live the vegetarian diet, without any health consequences. Many are even healthier than their meat-eating counterparts.

But even better is scientific proof. The American Dietetic Association contradicted this myth when they said the vegetarian diet could be healthy and actually prevent diseases if well-planned (5). This doesn't support the belief that meat is necessary to be healthy.

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