Vegetarian Diets and people who adopt them have always been surrounded by various misleading misconceptions. Mentioned below are few misconceptions related to vegetarian diet.
Misconception: Not enough protein in vegetarian food.
Reality: Although there was a time when many nutritionist and dietitians were in favor of the mentioned statement but now we know for a fact that vegetarian food has enough proteins required by a human body. Vegetarians are surely deprived of the excessive proteins present in a typical modern diet but if you can manage to consumer variety of fruits, grains, legumes and vegetables, the issue of lack of proteins in vegetarian diet can be easily resolved.
Misconception: Not enough calcium in an average vegetarian diet.
Reality: Although this misconception was related to vegans who avoid dairy products in their daily routine but the same cannot be applied to vegetarians. Another misconception that gained popularity was that calcium is only present in milk and cheese (dairy products). Even if dairy products have a lot of calcium in them, it is not the primary source of calcium for humans. Many vegetables, green and leafy in particular also have a lot of calcium, which is adequate for human body. According to various researches it was seen that vegetarians don’t suffer much from diseases related to calcium deficiency like Osteoporosis (weak bones due to insufficient calcium in human body) as the human body assimilates calcium, which they consumer more easily during the digestion process.
Misconception: Vegetarians give priority to the principles and hence are more prone to risk as vegetarian diets are not balanced.
Reality: One of the biggest misconceptions related to the vegetarian diet is that vegetarian diet is not balanced. Vegetarian diet is not imbalanced as the food has a good ratio of all the composite carbohydrates, fats and protein. All the three macro nutrients that are the center of any normal diet are present in adequate amount in an average vegetarian diet. Plus the source of the vegetarian food (plants) have higher source of all the essential macro nutrients. Another perspective for the same issue is that all the non-vegetarians consume fewer amounts of vegetables and fruits in a day and hence the probability of consuming less basic nutrients needed by an average human body is higher with non vegetarians.
Misconception: A vegetarian diet is adequate for a fully grown adult but is not adequate for kids and hence they need meat for complete development.
Reality: This particular misconception is inclined on making an assumption that the proteins and another nutrients obtained from plants, vegetables, fruits etc are not adequate for a child in comparison to an average non vegetarian diet. The reality is that proteins present in vegetables and meat are not very different from each other. All proteins including plants and meat are made of amino acids. Children on an average need approximately ten amino acids to develop and grow in a healthy manner. These amino acids can be easily consumed using a normal vegetarian diet as readily it can be consumed in meat.
Misconception: Meat was meant for humans.
Reality: Just because humans can digest meat does not mean that they were designed to be carnivores or meat-eaters. Plants and an average vegetarian diet are favored more by the human anatomy than meat. The digestive system of a human has resemblance to other plant eating creatures than carnivores. The famous argument that humans were designed to eat meat because they have canines completely ignores the reality that it is only plant eaters that possess MOLAR TEETH. And above all if humans were meant to have meat and were born carnivores then we would not suffer from diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes etc from doing the same.