Vegan Bodybuilders That Will Literally Smash Your Vegan Stereotype

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Since I was a child, there has been a big misconception about non-meat eaters, whether they are vegetarians or vegans, that once deterred me from ever believing giving up meat was healthy, and then, as an adult, made me want to give up meat even more.


Questions circulating the topic typically involved, “How do you get enough protein?” and “How do you get enough iron?”

It was, for a long time, assumed that the best way to get protein and iron was to eat meat, and that giving meat up meant sacrificing your health. Thankfully, however, a growing movement supporting plant-based eating has since debunked such myths.

You can get plenty of protein from:

    Lentils, 18 grams of protein per cup
    Chickpeas, 12 grams/cup
    Tempeh, 41 grams per cup
    Black beans, 15 grams per cup
    Nuts and nut butters, varied
    Tofu, 11 grams per 4 ounces
    Quinoa, 9 grams per cup
    Other legumes, varied
    Grains, varied

You can get plenty of iron from:

    Legumes: lentils, soybeans, tofu, tempeh, lima beans
    Grains: quinoa, fortified cereals, brown rice, oatmeal
    Nuts and seeds: pumpkin, squash, pine, pistachio, sunflower, cashews, unhulled sesame
    Vegetables: tomato sauce, swiss chard, collard greens

Perhaps for a “normal” person this kind of diet might make sense, but what about for a bodybuilder? Is it possible to get strong and have a muscular body on a vegan diet? Yes. And the following bodybuilders’ stories prove it.