Debunking The 6 Most Common Arguments Against Veganism | Guest Post by David

There are many excuses people use to continue eating meat. For example, they may use the excuse “Vegans don’t get enough protein?” or “Vegans don’t actually live longer”. However, as you know, these arguments are weak and not backed by peer-reviewed research. In this post, we’re going to debunk the 6 most common arguments against veganism.

#1. Vegan Diets Are Dangerous For Children

Why it’s False: Many people think that vegan diets are somehow “dangerous” for children. Some even go as far as to say that vegan parents are bad for not feeding their children meat. However, there’s no evidence to support this myth. In fact, the American Dietetic Association has publicly stated that vegan diets are “nutritionally adequate” for any stage of life (including children and infants). Also, let’s not forget that that approximately 33% of children in the United States are overweight or obese. If more children were vegan, this number would likely be a lot lower.

#2: Vegan Diets Lack Protein

Why it’s False: The average adult needs a minimum of 45 grams of protein per day to stay healthy and maintain their muscle mass. Fortunately, vegan diets easily surpass this number. For example, look at the amount of protein in black beans. A single cup of black beans contains a whopping 39 grams of protein. That’s nearly all your recommended daily intake in a single serving of food. It’s incredibly easy to meet your protein needs on a vegan diet. Even foods like broccoli and bananas contain protein.

#3: Vegan Diets Lack Flavor and Variety

Why it’s False: Some people don’t want to go vegan because they don’t want to give up their favorite foods. They think that vegan diets are boring and lack flavor. But if you’re a vegan, you know that this is far from the truth! Today, vegan restaurants are more abundant than ever. There are also many YouTube channels dedicated to teaching people how to cook vegan meals. It’s a myth that vegan diets lack flavor and variety. To prove it, here’s a list of tasty vegan recipes without oil.

#4: Eating Vegan is Too Expensive

Why it’s False: Despite popular belief, being a vegan isn’t any more expensive than being a meat eater. If anything, it’s cheaper since you’re cutting out meat (which is one of the most expensive food items at grocery stores). The cheapest foods at grocery stores are vegan-friendly: rice, beans, oats, legumes, potatoes, etc. You can easily meet all your caloric and nutritional needs for as little as $5/day. Also, vegan directs indirectly save you money because you won’t spend as much on medical bills over the long run compared to the average meat eater.

#5: It’s Impossible to Build Muscle on a Vegan Diet

Why it’s False: Patrik Baboumian is a German strongman competitor who holds various records in powerlifting. And guess what? His diet is 100% plant-based. This automatically debunks the notion that vegans can’t build muscle. If you consume protein-rich foods like beans, oats, and brown rice, you can build just as much muscle as someone who eats meat. You could even argue that building muscle on a vegan diet is healthier since you’re avoiding dangerous saturated fat and cholesterol.

#6: Vegan Diets Lack Calcium

Why it’s False: The final myth that we’re going to debunk is the myth that vegans don’t get enough calcium. Today’s society has an unhealthy obsession with cow’s milk. They believe that cow’s milk is the best and only source of calcium. But if you look at your options objectively, you’ll see that cow’s milk is a poor source of calcium. For example, a single cup of cow’s milk contains about 300 milligrams of calcium (of which only 30% is absorbed by the body). A single cup of almond milk contains 50% more calcium and has the added benefit of containing no saturated fat or cholesterol. Obviously, if you want to be healthy, vegan calcium sources are the way to go.


As you can see, all the major arguments against veganism aren’t backed any real evidence. There are thousands of peer-reviewed, evidence-based research papers showing how vegan diets are healthier than animal-based diets in every way. The next time a meat eater presents one of these arguments to you, politely refer them to this article.

Gluten Free Meal Plan | June 19-24, 2017

A mega watt fibo flare has made this week’s meal plan a day late. 🙁 Fibro always flares at the most inopportune time and this past week was no exception. If you live with chronic pain like me, meal plans are a life saver when fatigue and brain fog make it hard to think and even harder to cook a full meal. I’ve tried to keep this weeks options cool, calm and simple.

Egg White Frittata
Blueberry Cashew Granola w/ Cottage Cheese & Soymilk
Banana Chai Spice Smoothie
Blueberry Pancakes w/ Bacon
Cantalope Melon Smoothie
Curry Turkey Salad

Chopped & Layered Mason Jar Salad
 Spicy Curry Rice Noodles w/Eggplant
Garden Tomato & Spicy Cabbage Stirfry
Dessert of the Week: Vanilla Chia Pudding

For more gluten free menu planning ideas visit Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

For recipes that combine whole foods with Weight Watcher’s savvy visit Everyday Maven

For lunch ideas visit Oh My Veggies

For lunch box and super kid friendly recipe ideas visit I’m A Celiac


Happy One Year Anniversary to 540WMain Community Learning Academy

Last Friday was the one year anniversary of opening 540WMain Community Learning Academy

It has been a wonderful year and I have worked diligently, day and night over the past year to build 540WMain into the thriving learning academy that it is today.

But I certainly cannot take all the credit.  It was each and every one of you dear readers and supporters who has helped 540WMain grow along the way. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Having a space to house theglutenfreechefblog Omnimedia, LLC as well as classes and special events is really a dream come true.

Here’s to many more successful years to come! If you live in the Rochester, NY area I invite you to come celebrate with us at our One Year Anniversary Mingle, Saturday, August 26th 2017 from 6PM – 8PM at 540WMain! There will be music, food, wellness vendors, door prizes and more!

Leave a comment below & tell us what you love about 540WMain or visit us on social media hashtag #540anniversary


Gluten Free Meal Plan | June 11-16, 2017

We’ve just about reached the half way mark of June and the weather here in Rochester, NY finally matches the season. I know. I know. Technically summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st but as far as I’m concerned summer begins after Memorial Day. It’s a rare year when our weather cooperates with my theory and this year was no different.

Fortunately, summer in the Roc! is absolutely beautiful. With an abundance of fresh local produce, blue skies, and amazing scenery. Check out this week’s menu plan to help you plan the perfect meals for early summer weather no matter where you live.

Strawberry Coconut Hot Cereal
Strawberry Banana Chai Smoothie
Broccoli and Cheese Mini Omelets (Recipe & Photo from Skinnytaste)
Vegan Sorghum Pancakes
Banana Split Bars (recipe courtesy of Skinnytaste)
Kale + Quinoa Bowl
Pan Fried Eggplant & Baby Potatoes
Wild Caught Salmon
Beet Green, Snap Pea, & Tofu Stir Fry
Easy Does It Grilled Chicken
Dessert of the Week: Lemon Pudding Cake

For more gluten free menu planning ideas visit Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

For recipes that combine whole foods with Weight Watcher’s savvy visit Everyday Maven

For lunch ideas visit Oh My Veggies

For lunch box and super kid friendly recipe ideas visit I’m A Celiac


2nd Saturday PopUp at Hart’s Local Grocers | Gluten Free Beer Edition

On the 2nd Saturday of every month I popup at Hart’s Local Grocers

For this month’s demo I’ll be teaching about Omission gluten free beer and pairing the beer with artisanal local cheeses from the Finger Lakes region. Gluten free beer is the perfect pairing for local cheese and even though I am not a beer drinker I understand the importance of having options for those in the gluten free community.

Omission beer is a gluten removed beer that has the Celiac Disease Foundation’s stamp of approval. I’ll be dedicating an entire post on the product in upcoming week. In the meantime, if you live in the Rochester, NY area visit me in the store Saturday June 10 from 2- 4 PM.

Join me this Saturday from 2-4PM for my 2nd Saturday PopUp at Hart’s Local Grocers where I’ll be sampling Omission Beer & artisanal local cheese. If not go over the the Hart’s blog to learn about the most important gluten free lifestyle tips.

Click here to learn more

Simple Black Tea Kombucha

Yesterday we gave you the skinny on nature’s fermented health elixir Kombucha and as promised today we are sharing a recipe courtesy Dr. Axe

Simple Black Tea Kombucha recipe courtesy Dr. Axe

Rochester Gluten Free Health & Wellness Expo | Full Vendor List

The 2nd Annual Rochester Gluten Free Health & Wellness Expo takes place on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 10-3 PM at the Pieter’s Family Life Center

After month’s of planning the expo is is just two days away and I couldn’t be more excited! Just like last year, this year’s expo takes place in Henrietta, NY at the Pieters Family Life Center this Saturday May 20, 2017 from 10-3 PM. The expo is powered by and doubles as a fundraiser for the community center 540WMain. We have over 20 gluten free health and wellness vendors which are all listed below:

  1. Inner Sage Healing Center
  2. Young Living Essential Oils
  3. Tablescapes by Barbra
  4. Lupus Chick
  5. Juice Plus
  6. Arbonne
  7. Project Lean Nation
  8. Flower City Roots/Edible Landscaping
  9. Liz Laneri & Sage Mingrino
  10. Liz Laneri & Sage Mingrino
  11. The Bakers Daughter
  12. Rhino Chiropractic
  13. Wildtree
  14. Corelife Eatery
  15. Wellness 4 You Now
  16. Pure Haven Essentials
  17. Lori’s Natural Foods
  18. Lemon Grass Spa
  19. Camarata Chiropractic
  20. WNY Dental Group
  21. Amway

There will be food, information, samples, gift bags, and so much more. We must also give special thanks to the following:

If you haven’t already registered for this free event be sure to do so now here: