Interested in uncovering the common misconceptions held by non-vegans ChewsyGum.com recently surveyed 3,739 meat-eaters from around the world. The most commonly believed statement is that ‘going vegan doesn’t save the planet’, with 77% agreeing. In second place is the idea that ‘veganism is expensive’ with 72% believing so. ‘Vegans can’t eat bread’ (68%) is in third place, followed by ‘vegans can eat honey’ (65%) in fourth and ‘vegans aren’t healthy’ (61%) in fifth.
Interestingly, one in 20 non-vegans think those living a vegan lifestyle can eat meat, 16% think they can eat cheese and 1% believe that they can’t eat bananas. Additionally, 24% believe ‘vegans have a moral superiority’, 34% said that ‘vegans pretend to enjoy their food’ and 10% think that ‘vegans are less sexually active than meat-eaters’.
Of those surveyed, 57% said they would consider becoming vegan with only 43% opposing. However, 22% disagree with others leading a vegan lifestyle and 6% are put off by those who do so.