Vegan Lifestyle Questions


Q Where do vegans get their protein?
A Primarily from soybeans and soybean by-products such as tofu, chickenless chicken, tofurky, smart dogs, etc. There're also several other protein sources such as raw sprouts, beans, rice and tree bark (just kidding about the tree bark).
   
Q Are vegetable based protein complete?
A Contrary to popular belief, soy protein for example, packs a lot punch as a viable protein source and ranks up there with whey protein on bio-availability. Also, a combination of different vegetable protein sources could provide a complete amino chain.
   
Q Where do vegans get their calcium?
A Not from cow's milk that's for sure. Did you know that consuming cow's milk, which by the way is meant for calves and not humans, actually depletes the human skeleton of calcium and weakens bones? I can't believe people still drink that stuff. Anyway, back to where vegans get their calcium. Calcium can be found in green leafy vegetables, tofu, nuts and seeds. Almonds and seasame seeds are great sources of calcium. Even the unpopular brocolli packs a fair amount of calcium.
Q Where do vegans get their Vitamin B12?
A Because plants don't make their own vitamin B12, vegans need to find other sources. This could include vitamin B12 fortified soy milk, vitamin B12 fortified meatless meats made from soybeans and wheat gluten, and vitamin B12 supplements. These vitamin supplements that do not contain animal products.
Q Where do vegans get their iron?
A Vegans generally have a reasonable intake of dietary iron and although iron from plant sources isn't absorbed in the body as well as iron from meat, a diet high in vitamin C can help improve the absorption. In our annual checkup, none of my family members or myself have been found to be deficient and numerous studies have shown that vegans aren't more likely to be iron deficient.
Q Will you lose muscle mass on a vegan diet?
A The short answer is no! The reality is the same for vegans as it is for omnivores. Your daily protein requirements must be met, otherwise muscle atrophy sets in. It is recommended that you know your body composition (percentage of fat, bone and muscle in the body) to determine how much protein to consume. In some fitness circles, it is recommended that an active athlete takes between 1 and 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean muscle mass. For example, if you have 100 pounds of lean muscles, you should be taking between 100 and 150 grams of protein daily. Personally, I think this is excessive and depends on the quality of the protein being taken and other dietary factors.
Q Will I have enough energy on a vegan diet?
A My day starts with a glass of fresh vegetable juice, which keeps me going through my five mile run, or my Crossfit class. Of course this isn't my only meal, but the point I'm trying to make here is that if you eat "enough" quality food, you'll have plenty of energy throughout the day, and you won't experience the highs and lows that most coffee and caffeine drinkers experience.
Q Are vegan bodybuilders as strong as non-vegetarian bodybuilders?
A If comparing apples to apples, yes. I think vegan bodybuilders are just as strong and muscular as non-vegans. The key point here is that vegans are natural bodybuilders and don't take steroids, so they should only be compared to other natural bodybuilders. Unfortunately, many in the sports of body building aren't natural...even when they claim to be so.
Q Do vegans live longer?
A That's hard to say as it depends on how long a person has been a vegan as well as other health factors, but I'll say this...most vegans live a life without many of the ailments non-vegans experience. I'll also venture to say that even though I'm a big proponent of a vegan diet, I think it's more effective when the pH balance of the body is taken into consideration when choosing our foods...read more about pH balance here
Q Are vegans less aggressive/violent?
A Various studies have shown that violent criminals have elevated levels of toxins, antibiotics, steroids and pesticides in their bodies, compared with other non-violent criminals.
Q Are vegans healthier?
A I would say, absolutely! Not convinced? Try a vegan diet for three months and let us know how you feel after. See what other's have said about this experiment here
Q Are vegans happier?
A I don't know the answer to this one, but I know that when I eat excessive quantities of sugar or salt, I wake up next day feeling terrible. My exercise routine would suffer and I would end up feeling unaccomplished...not a good feeling for me. For others it may be different, but for me, that's how it works.s
Q Where do vegans eat?
A This is a tough one in terms of convenience. You certainly will find many more restaurants catering to vegetarians and far less catering to vegans. This is because a vegan's diet is more restrictive and the preparation needs to be done in isolation. In other words, you can't prepare your meats on the same counter-top and in the same pots you prepare the vegan meal. As you can imagine, this is not convenient, so most places just avoid serving vegan meals. However, more and more restaurants are recognizing the need to include vegan meals as veganism become more widespread.
Q Are there any fast-food vegan restaurants?
A I know McDonalds, Burger King and Subway all have vegetarian meals, but they are not vegan. For you entrepreneurs out there, here's an excellent opportunity.