True or False? Chef Silvena Rowe looks at questions meat-eaters have for vegans

The top Dubai chef shares her knowledge on plant-based eating

True or False? Chef Silvena Rowe looks at questions meat-eaters have for vegans

The environmental benefits of eating less meat are widely talked about but I still hear people saying they’re worried that they won’t get enough protein. But if you eat a balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients you need.

Protein deficiency is extremely rare and both meat eaters and those on a plant-based diet should get more than enough. Athletes and sports stars Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Kyrie Irving and Lewis Hamilton are widely reported to eat little-to-no meat, and they are top of their games. If that still doesn’t convince you, remember plant protein is actually better for us than animal protein since it’s usually lower in cholesterol and higher in fibre.

Next up. Although there are a lot of in-built benefits to a plant-based diet, it’s not automatically healthy, as anyone who has witnessed the rise of vegan junk food will know. If you want to indulge in the latest vegan nuggets or burgers then, by all means, go for it, just remember it doesn’t mean it’s good for you just because it’s meat-free.

Another thing I hear is that you will need to start off your day with some kind of special vitamin and supplement regimen to make up for all those nutrients you’re missing out on. Vitamin D, calcium and iron are often mentioned.

The good news is there are delicious plant sources for all the major nutrients and vitamins that we need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While many meat-eaters get their calcium from dairy products, those on a plant-based diet can get it from everything from green, leafy vegetables to pulses, bread or dried fruit. And it’s the same for iron and vitamin D.

For more questions and answers on veganism from Silvena Rowe, click here.

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