Plant-Based Diet vs. a Vegan Diet

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Many people think that plant-based diet exact same as the vegan diet. But actually, there are some important differences between the two. Here’s what you should know.

Plant-based means incorporating more plant products and plant proteins into your daily diet without completely eliminating animal products. Basically, plant-based can mean upping your veggie intake and reducing your intake of animal products or removing certain types of animal products from your diet completely.

On the other side vegan diet is strictly against animal products, in every form. Not only do vegans not eat meat, dairy, eggs, or honey, they also don’t wear animal products (think leather) or use products tested on animals. “Veganism is a way of living,” according to the Vegan Society, “which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.”

Generally speaking, people’s motivation for adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle is prompted by animal rights issues and the ethical treatment of animals.

People who follow a whole food plant-based diet generally do it for their health—either to prevent chronic illness and disease or reverse chronic illness and disease; this is why processed food isn’t included in this way of eating.

Even though they both have the word “diet” in them, neither the vegan diet nor the whole food plant-based diet are diets at all. They are both styles of eating that have nothing to do with calorie restrictions or counting things like carbs and protein.

The health benefits of both eating styles are similar and well-established. Eating more plants and cutting back on meat is almost always a good thing, as research tells us consuming a plant-based diet can help reduce our risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. There’s also evidence that suggests breast cancer rates are lower in those who stick to a plant-based diet.

We know whole plant foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, legumes, and vegetable oils are packed with nutrition (heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, fibers, protein, water), but no matter which eating style you choose, careful planning is important.

This may be easier to achieve for plant-based eaters than vegan ones. Certain micronutrients, including vitamin B12, vitamin D3, and heme iron exist only in animal products like dairy, eggs, and meat. That means vegans often need to supplement them. With a plant-based diet, you can still reap the benefits of eating more plant products and plant proteins, yet still find ways to incorporate animal products into your diet, just in much smaller amounts than the typical American diet.

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Photo by Lukas Budimaier on Unsplash Many people think that plant-based diet exact same as the vegan diet. But actually, there are some important differences between the two. Here's what you should know. Plant-based means incorporating more plant products and plant proteins into your daily diet without completely eliminating animal products. Basically, plant-based can...
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