When someone goes vegan, it is very common for them to be questioned by many people about their new diet. Usually the questions that people get are all very similar. This post will go over all of the most common questions that vegans get and give you some hints for answering them.
Where do you get your protein?
This is probably one of the most common questions that vegans get. The meat and dairy industry have done a great job at brainwashing people into believing that meat, dairy, and eggs are the only way you can get protein. This is untrue! Where do those animals get their protein from in the first place? The plants they eat. Every single plant in the world has protein. Some have a higher protein content than others such as beans, nuts, seeds, lentils, and vegetables. If you eat a variety of whole, plant foods, you will automatically get all of the protein that you need. The World Health Organization has stated that only 3-5% of your daily calories need to come from protein.
John McDougall, author of The Starch Solution, brings up a very good point. He stated that
“Our greatest time of growth—thus, the time of our greatest need for protein—is during our first 2 years of life—we double in size. At this vigorous developmental stage our ideal food is human milk, which is 5% protein. Compare this need to food choices that should be made as adults—when we are not growing. Rice is 8% protein, corn 11%, oatmeal 15%, and beans 27%. Thus protein deficiency is impossible when calorie needs are met by eating unprocessed starches and vegetables.”
It’s cruel not to milk cows!
This statement that vegans get is actually true! Cows actually do need to be milked to prevent pain from holding too much milk in their udders. However, the problem is who milk them. Cows do not need to be milked by humans, they need to be milked by their own calves! In the dairy industry, calves are taken away from mothers immediately after birth. This happens so humans can drink the milk instead of them. This is very wrong. Some people think that cows are just constantly lactating and producing milk. But they aren’t, female cows are just like female humans. They only produce milk after giving birth. If the calves drank the milk instead (which is who the milk was produced for originally), the mothers wouldn’t be in pain.
What would happen to all the farm animals if we didn’t eat them?
This is another common question that vegans get. There are more than 100 billion land and marine animals killed for food each year. This is a crazy number, and it is understandable that people would think the world would become overpopulated with farm animals if we didn’t eat them. However, the only reason that there are so many animals in the first place is because people breed them! Every single day, farmers artificially inseminate and breed thousands and thousands of farm animals, so that we can eat them. Once people stop eating animals, the breeding will stop as well, and the number can go down to a more natural one. Also, there are now thousands of farm sanctuaries all over the world who take in these animals and provide them with peaceful, safe lives.
What’s wrong with eggs? Chickens don’t die.
Chickens do indeed die because of their eggs. The egg industry is a very cruel one. The chickens are routinely given harmful hormones and antibiotics. This is done to make them lay more eggs than would naturally. Before the egg industry existed, chickens only used to lay around 5 eggs a YEAR! Now they lay an egg a day. Laying eggs takes a lot out of chickens, and their body becomes very weak after doing so. Imagine how week these chickens get after laying one every single day! Chickens normally live anywhere from 8-20 years, but in the egg industry, they are murdered after a mere 1-3 years. Once their egg laying production slows down, the female layers are turned into food for humans to eat. So the egg industry is still the meat industry, and chickens do die.
In the egg layer industry, there are no use for male chicks, because the males don’t lay eggs. The egg industry kills these male chicks by either grinding them up alive, or suffocating them in big trash bags. Over 200 million male chicks are killed every year in the United States alone, which equates to over 550,000 male chicks being murdered each day. Purely because the industry has no use for them! It is a very cruel industry.
Humans Are Omnivores
Just because we can eat meat, doesn’t mean that we should! Meat and animal products do not belong in human diets. Humans are actually biologically herbivores.
Dr. Neal Barnard wrote a book called The Power of Your Plate. In this book he stated “early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands. Research suggests that meat-eating probably began by scavenging—eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind. However, our bodies have never adapted to it. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.” The original diet of humans has always been plant foods. Fruits, vegetables, and starches.
Herbivores have long intestines, and carnivores have very short intestines so they can quickly remove the flesh, so it doesn’t rot inside their intestines. Humans have very long intestines like other herbivores. When we eat meat, it takes days to digest, and rots in our colon. Humans do not have sharp claws to hunt, or sharp canines to rip apart flesh with our teeth. Instead, we have hands perfect for picking fruit and vegetables. Dr. Milton Mills explains many more points as to why we are herbivores, not omnivores, in his article A Comparative Anatomy of Eating.
I can’t afford to go vegan
There is a common misconception out there that a vegan diet is more expensive than a meat based one. This is far from the truth. The cheapest foods in the world are all vegan. Rice, beans, potatoes, pasta, oats… these are staples in your diet as a vegan, and they are so cheap to buy too! You can buy all of these foods in bulk as well, which makes it even more affordable.
Meat, dairy and eggs are expensive. The only reason vegan food could be slightly more expensive is by buying the more expensive vegan alternatives, which are not necessary. Vegan cheese, ice creams, and mock meats can be a bit on the pricy side. If you can’t afford those products, no big deal! You can either email the company and ask for coupons, or you can try making your own alternatives out of cheaper foods. Try making your own ice cream using frozen bananas, and your own vegan cheese using cashews. Mock meats are made using ingredients such as tempeh, soy curls, and tofu. There are hundreds of recipes online that show you how to make your own cheap vegan foods.
But plants feel pain too!
This is a funny statement that meat eaters make. Aren’t the differences between a carrot and a pig obvious? Animals have eyes, hearts, ears, mouths, families, friends, and a central nervous system. Plants don’t have any of that. Plants don’t have a brain either, and animals do. The differences are very obvious.
Don’t you miss animal products?
Many people love cheese, other dairy products, and meat so much that they can’t imagine ever giving it up. If you found out the truth about what happened to animals in order for those foods to be produced, or how unhealthy those foods are, your opinion could change. When you go vegan, you don’t have to give up anything! There is a healthier, and cruelty free alternative for literally everything out there. Cheese, burgers, hot dogs, pepperoni, ice cream, yoghurt, pizza, sour cream… everything! You can still eat all your favourite foods and favourite products, the only thing that will change is the source that they come from!
If everybody was vegan, a whole industry would become unemployed.
The meat industry is a very big one. People work in slaughterhouses, in factory farms, in processing and packaging facilities, and so on. Most slaughterhouse workers and people who work in factory farms, or in other aspects of this industry do not enjoy working there. They do it because that might be the only job that they can get. Usually workers in this industry are immigrants, they do not get paid a lot and they suffer mentally and physically from working in these violent environments. If everybody went vegan, these people could get jobs in different industries such as making plant based cheeses and meats! If everybody was vegan, there would be thousands more job openings for people creating plant based products.