Plants are spectacular, but their power is often overshadowed by loud noise from the meat and dairy industries. We’ve seen the milk ads, the beef ads, have been advised to drink milk for calcium and eat chicken for protein. But there are plant sources for those things. We love plants and their power, for both our health and the planet.

It’s amazing what can be made with plants these days, like bloody burgers, taco meat, pepperoni, chicken strips, donut-tarts, chocolate cake, sushi, sandwiches, mac n’ cheese, bacon, eggs, steak, meat loaf…we could go on and on! So just how powerful is all of this plant food? Here are 20 myth-busting facts about the nutrient power of plant-foods.

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1. Got milk? Well, you don’t need it for calcium!

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-FoodsFooducate/Wikipedia

2. So, who said plant-based eaters were weak, huh?

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-FoodsOhio State University/United Soybean Flickr

3. Stay happy through winter with non-dairy milk

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-FoodsHerald Tribune/Wikipedia

4. These little beans pack a big punch!

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods Nutrition Data/Wikimedia
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5. Get your omega 3 RDA in no time with walnuts

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods SF Gate/Wikimedia

6. You can eat fat to help you shed some pounds

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods
Livestrong/Wikipedia

7. Power to the legumes!

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods
Livestrong/Wikimedia

8. All hail kale – seriously, you should adore this leafy green

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods WebMD/Foodimentary
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9. Boost your smoothie

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-FoodsNutrition Data/Spirulina Powder

10. Nah, fresher isn’t always better

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods Daily Mail/ Wallpapersinhq
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11. Whip up some guac for game day

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-FoodsCalifornia Avocados/Wikimedia

12. Bananas can help you get those coveted Zzzzs

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods Livestrong/Wikipedia

13. Chocolate has some beef with beef’s iron-rich status

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods USDA/Wikimedia

14. So, vegans don’t eat fish for DHA…but neither do the fish.

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods
Virginia Messina, Vegan Dietician/Wikipedia
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15. Be strong and hydrated with chia seeds

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods

Greens Plus/Wikimedia

16. Your mom said to eat your broccoli, and for good reason

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods

WebMd/Wikipedia

17. We’re crazy for nooch. It’s a vegan’s best friend.

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods

NutritionData/Wikipedia

18. Look under the sea and under the fish

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-FoodsSciTech/Wikipedia

19. Hooray for hemp!

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods Nutiva/Higher Perspective

20. Acai: one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world?

20 Myth-Busting Facts About The Nutrient Power of Plant-Foods WebMd/SportsGeezer

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