03 January, 2014

Vegetarian Myth #14: Vegetarianism leads to anemia.

Welcome to the first Vegetarian Myth of 2014! I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited for this new year and fresh set of myths. So without further adieu, let's begin this Friday with a good start!

Vegetarianism can become a nightmare when there are so many "downfalls" to the lifestyle. Many people believe that the only beneficiary of becoming vegetarian is weight loss. Yet, these same people believe that skinny vegetarians are or will become anemic.

Anemia is an illness that occurs when the body doesn't have enough red blood cells. Anemic people tend to be pale, have bad fatigue, and bruise easily, which can be healed if the anemia is not too serious. There are over 400 types of anemia but are categorized under three groups: blood loss, lack of red blood cells, and destruction of red blood cells. The most common anemia is caused by iron deficiency with poor eating habits. Veganism and vegetarianism are always targeted as a causer of anemia, but these lifestyles contain more than enough iron, calcium, protein, and other essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs.

An example of vegetarian and vegan foods are legumes (lentils, black beans, garbanzo beans, etc.), grains, spinach, carrots, broccoli, and plenty of others. The reason why some vegetarians and vegans become anemic is when they are not sure of what they can eat. It's advisable to do research and find all the types of beneficial foods that one can eat as a vegetarian or vegan. Eating meat also doesn't mean that chances of catching anemia are small. I've always been told that I would have anemia, and as the years passed, I only saw people who always eat meat become anemic. Don't be fooled or scared by what people say about vegetarianism and anemia. You have nothing to fear if you eat correctly and take care of your body, not just with what you eat but with excercise as well.

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  1. Thanks for addressing this! I get so upset when people assume veg diets aren't healthy.

  2. and i am not anemic at all!

    1. Thank goodness for that! Stay healthy, Tweedles.<3


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