There are so many misconceptions out there about what being a vegan is and I think as vegans we get frustrated and sometimes irritated but I think there are a few reasons why we need to cut people a little bit more slack. First off people just don’t know and they are never educated on what a vegan is so they don’t understand it. Think about your average American heading to the grocery store on Saturday morning do they take the time to notice the vegan aisle or the non-dairy section? No, they go to the dairy section, then the meat section, grab their eggs, pick up some cheese, finish the rest of their shopping and leave. This is why people assume when you say vegan you are only eating lettuce and salads for meals and are blown away when you claim you get all your protein from natural resources and you yourself might not even eat salads. People don’t understand, especially today, the massive market for vegan products and the sheer amount of substitutes and how easy it is to follow a plant based diet. I think it’s up to us to continue to educate to get this point across.
I think another misconception is that eating vegan means you’re always eating healthy. This also derives from the understanding we are always eating salads. Obviously this is not always the case, is it the case more times than not? Of course it is but I can sit here and tell you I’m vegan and then eat vegan sausages for breakfast, have a vegan burger with a big side of fries for lunch, then the same for dinner followed by a half a package of Oreo cookies and am I healthy? I think most would agree no. I would add a footnote and say I don’t think people become a vegan to do that, the reason for living a vegan lifestyle are far different and more personal that wanting to pig out on junk food. With all that being said I think the lesson we can take from these misconceptions is that it is up to us to continue to educate and inform and the more we do so the more we will see the fruits of our labor. I think we already can.
Please share some of the biggest misconceptions you have heard or seen in the comments below.