We hear about “plant-based nutrition” more and more in our society. But unfortunately, we already see some misinformation on social media and in the news. We’ve done our research and want to debunk some of the misconceptions out there.

Here are the top three misconceptions we’ve discovered.

Plant-based diets are unnatural.

The original Paleo diet was centered on plant-based nutrition. We used to think that early humans ate a lot of animal protein in their diet. Because of this assumption, the Paleo diet (mainly made up of animal protein) gained popularity in the field of nutrition and diet in the 2000s. Despite this, we now know that the food of bipedal apes and Homo sapiens predominantly consisted of nuts, fruits, leaves, roots, seeds, and water. In that circumstance, the “original” Paleo Diet was really plant-based.

A vegan diet is referred to as plant-based nutrition.

A plant-based diet is defined as getting a significant amount of one’s nutrients from vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, whole grains, legumes, or other plants. There are several plant-based nutrition alternatives available to you. Some adhere to a rigorous vegan diet, others use animal products such as dairy (vegetarians), and some occasionally eat meat, poultry, and fish. However, everyone can benefit from a plant-based diet. The fundamental concept is to eat more veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and legumes.

Plant-based nutrition is not appropriate for athletes.

You used to believe that eating animal protein would help you gain muscular mass. The gorilla is the most powerful animal (most are herbivores). It can lift around 4409 pounds, which is ten times its body weight. It would be equivalent to a 200-lb individual lifting 2000 lbs. If other mammals can live a rich and powerful life on a plant-based diet, we can presumably do so too. Some studies and athletes have shown that a plant-based diet can help you gain muscle and stay fit. Scott Jurek, an American ultramarathoner and one of the finest runners of all time, is renowned for being a plant-based eater!

A plant-based diet is a terrific way to be a better person, whether you want to preserve the planet, become healthier, or feel better.