Study of 2,068 Vegans Helps Debunk Six of the Most Common Myths

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Study of 2,068 Vegans Helps Debunk Six of the Most Common Myths

From Free From Harm
May 2012

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Vegan From the Inside is a 2011 survey conducted by nutrition expert Janice Stanger Ph.D. that shatters six common myths about the vegan diet. 2,068 vegans from the United States and around the world candidly share their joys, rewards, and challenges.

The findings of this study will give vegans greater resolve for the lifestyle they have chosen and prospective vegans greater confidence in making that transition.

Here are the six myths and the study findings that debunk them:

MYTH ONE: Vegans are pale, weak, and unhealthy because their diet lacks protein and other vital nutrients.

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MYTH TWO. A vegan diet has too many “carbs” to be effective for weight loss.

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MYTH THREE. A vegan diet is boring.

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MYTH FOUR. A vegan diet is all about deprivation and lower quality of life.

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Again, just about every respondent enjoyed their food and virtually all intend to stay on their eating plan forever.
Plant-based eaters indicated other rewards of their diet, including enjoying cooking more (73.4%), making a difference for animals (90.8%) and the environment (86.3%), feeling closer to animals and nature (70.5%), helping others by being a good role model (69.6%), and feeling more spiritual (41.6%).

MYTH FIVE. A vegan diet requires a high level of discipline and is difficult to stick to in the long-run.

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MYTH SIX. Vegans can’t enjoy eating out or other social get-togethers.

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Download the pdf of the full study.