003: Most Common Arguments AGAINST Going Vegan

Most Common Arguments AGAINST Going Vegan

And Their Rebuttals...

Protein

All plants have protein, even lemons. The amount might be smaller, but it’s simple to get enough protein on a plant based diet if you eat enough calories. Besides, we don’t need as much protein as we once thought. Too much protein can cause kidney damage and other issues.

Dr. Garth Davis illustrates this point in his book “Proteinaholic”.

Western culture likes to glorify protein and put it on a pedestal as the healthy ingredient missing from people’s lives. They’ve got it all backwards. People are almost never deficient in protein, and we don’t need to eat animals to get protein.

Common plants that are high in protein include beans, soy, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

If you track your calories for about a week on a plant based diet and make sure you’re eating some higher protein sources, you will notice that there is enough protein in your diet to thrive. 

 

But I thought Plants don’t have a full amino acid profile…

It is commonly thought that plants do not have a full amino acid profile. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. This is just another way of saying that there’s not enough protein in a plant based diet.

There are 22 amino acids, 9 of which are known as “essential” because our body cannot produce them. That means we must get those 9 amino acids from our food.

Despite what many people think…

There are plant sources of all 22 amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids. 

This myth has been busted. Nuts, beans, seeds, and seaweeds contain many of them.

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Vitamin B12 is not in a vegan diet

Another thing that many people say to avoid going plant based is that there is no B12 in a plant based diet. Joe Rogan, comedian and famous podcast personality has been commonly known for claiming that vegans will be malnourished and should be careful mainly because of this b12 controversy.

 Vitamin B12 is part of the earth’s microbiome and found on dirt and plants in nature. Animals eat those plants and have the b12 in their body. 

In today’s world, humans wash and sterilize everything! Sometimes we wash off some of the good stuff, including vitamin B12.

Luckily, many vegan food sources such as almond milk and nutritional yeast are fortified with B12 to make up for it, and with supplements that have a high dosage range, it becomes very simple to get B12 into our diet.

We can take a supplement less than once per week and get our recommended amount.

Calcium comes from milk, which vegans don’t drink…

The dairy industry has been claiming that we need milk for strong bones for decades. They claim that the calcium in the milk helps our bones to get stronger and avoid damage down the road in old age.

The same industry plasters Got Milk? posters everywhere and makes sure theres plenty of milk in school cafeterias for children to drink. Wouldn’t want them to break bones would we?

The truth is that there is calcium in many plants, and it’s very easy to get your daily recommended amount from plants. Kale, collard greens, spinach, and soy are common plant sources of calcium.

The other, perhaps more shocking truth is that years of drinking milk has been shown to cause bone degradation and osteoporosis, which is the exact opposite effect that the milk industry touts around when they want to give everyone in the world a white mustache.

Not to mention that the milk that humans drink from cows is very addictive.

So does milk give you strong bones? No, just addiction and broken hips. Definitely not hero material…

The animals are being killed anyway

I remember having this mentality before I switched. It was a notion of “If you can’t beat them, join them.” What’s little old me going to do about it anyway? The animals will be killed if I eat them or if I don’t eat them.

If you’ve ever had that same thought, don’t worry. We are not here to shame you, I’ve done the same thing many times.

But here’s what I learned…

If I eat animals for every single meal, that could very well be 1 animal’s life that I cause to end every single day. 

If I stop eating meat, that’s 1 less animal that died that day. 

The number compounds over time, not only as you are plant based for longer, but as you have a family and raise your kids plant based, or you influence another family member to go plant based with you…

Eventually you can be saving hundreds of animals per day by not eating meat.

The snowball effect that it could have on your life around you including your loved ones, your body, our planet Earth, and of course the animals is profound and highly impactful. 

The most important thing I’ve learned is, every 1 person matters and can make a difference.

 

If we didn’t eat meat, the animals would overpopulate the planet and starve

Many naysayers of a vegan lifestyle quickly point to the fact that we would not know what to do with all the animals if we did not eat them. Where would they go? How would we move forward?

I think it’s important to talk about how we got here; what happened in the first place?

Well, we’ve been mass producing animals for decades so that we could pump out meat like a factory for people to eat. The slaughters have been going up for years as we end lives over and over and over again to feed people.

In other words, the massive amounts of animals is not natural, it is forced. 

In fact, there’s a chance that these animals would not have made it this long if they were not being eaten. That’s something that we’ve got to be aware of and come to terms with as vegans.

So if we stop eating them, we would find out if they could survive in the wild. If they cannot, they die off slowly over time. 

There might be some logistical issues and other kinks to work out for the greater good, but in time it would be well worth the extra work to keep the planet safer and healthier. Here’s the main reason why:

The amount of food eaten by livestock is enough to feed 800 million humans who are currently starving to death worldwide! 

I love animals just as much as the next vegan, but the real reason it’s important to go plant based is to help other humans live a healthier and happier life.

 

But I love meat way too much to switch…

“You’re Vegan? Oh, I could never. I love meat and cheese way too much for that.”

If I had a nickel every time I heard that sentence…

And again, I used to say the same thing, because it was true. I did love meat! I did like cheese.

Humans love sex. There is no denying that. Male humans especially will give their lung to have sex with a woman. But does that mean they always get to? Hell no. Especially if it is going to harm or effect another human’s life, that guy is not getting laid. And if he is a disgusting and despicable person, he will do it anyway and then end up in jail or dead. 

 

That’s because it harms someone else. Is meat and dairy really that good that you would harm other humans in order to have it? Is it good enough to destroy the planet? Is it good enough to destroy your arteries and your body? Is it good enough to end another conscious sentient beings life? 

 

When you awaken your Hero, you will realize it is not.

We must not act on our selfish wants.

We must act from a place of helping the world at large.

 

I’m not saying it’s always going to be easy, but it’s the right thing to do.

So come hang out, stick around, and get to know us so we can help you every step of the way with going plant based and unleashing your Hero!

Ryan Kearns