The health benefits that a balanced vegan diet offers are encouraging many to switch to a vegan way of life. Environmental concerns and animal welfare may be the driving forces that motivate some to choose the vegan way of life.
A vegan diet is entirely based on foods that are obtained by harming no animals in even the slightest of ways. Foods like meat, fish, poultry, dairy, and honey are misfits in the diet. A food item will be regarded as non-vegan if any ingredient obtained from animal sources was added to it.
In this article, we discuss the mistakes that should be avoided while on a vegan diet.
Blindly Believing All Vegan Foods Are Healthy
That is the biggest mistake one makes while on a vegan diet. The tag “vegan” is not synonymous with healthy, although there are many healthy vegan foods. Highly processed vegan foods are unhealthy because they contain a lot of artificial ingredients that lack any nutritional value.
A comparison of animal milk with almond milk will give you a better idea of why all vegan foods aren’t always healthier than non-vegan foods. Almond milk is considered a substitute for animal milk but isn’t necessarily healthier than cow milk because it is comparatively low in protein.
Using Vegan Cheese As The Exclusive Meat Substitute
Swapping meat with vegan cheese in vegan diets works well when it comes to flavor in most dishes but if you were to analyze the nutrient profile of meat and cheese, you will realize that the swap is imperfect. Vegan cheese contains a good amount of nutrients but it fails to supply all nutrients found in meat. Cheese has lower protein and higher calories than meat. You can eat vegan cheese in place of meat but you should also add a variety of vegan foods that can supply the nutrients that you got from meat earlier.
Not Drinking Enough Water
Drinking water is important regardless of whether you are vegan or non-vegan. However, vegans have to be extra cautious because their diet contains more fiber and drinking water is important to allow the fiber to move through the digestive tract and prevent issues like constipation, gas and bloating.
Vegan foods may contain lesser amounts of vitamin B12, calcium, and Zinc. To make up for it, vegan dieters might have to take supplements or eat more foods that contain these nutrients.