A plant-based diet is one that focuses on plants, such as fruits, vegetables, tubers, seeds, legumes, and grains. People on plant-based diets typically avoid beef, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy, or eat them only in small quantities. There is no official set of rules for how to follow a plant-based diet and there are several different varieties of eating plans. Vegetarian, vegan, raw food, Flexitarian, pescatarian, Fruitarian, Engine 2 diet, and Mediterranean diets all fall under the plant-based diet umbrella, even though some may allow for small portions of fish, poultry, or dairy. One popular form is the whole-food, plant-based WFPB diet, which combines a plant-based diet with a whole-foods diet that avoids processed foods, added sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, and hydrogenated oils. Research has repeatedly shown that diets high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can improve heart health and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. A WFPB diet that is low in animal protein, fat, sugar, and processed foods is considered a healthy way to eat. Refined grains, added sugars, and vegan fast-food are all plant-based—but not the healthiest. Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and some proteins make for more nutritionally sound choices.
Plant based diet? Yes we mean vegetarian and vegan diets, so first lets distinguish between the two. Vegetarian diets eliminate all meats and some vegetarian diets often eliminate all or some animal products such as eggs, dairy and honey.
Ask just about anyone what the difference between plant-based and vegan food is, and you’ll get the same answer: “They’re the same thing, right? So what, exactly, makes a plant-based diet different from a vegan diet? To get it straight, we spoke to dietitians below. Spoiler: You’ll eat a lot of veggies either way. Vegans also cannot wear any clothing or use any products made from or with animals, including wool and silk. And although a vegan diet is automatically plant-based, that term’s meaning has evolved into something new.
Clin Cardiol. Cancer Management and Research. Mcmacken M, Shah S. Probiotics: What’s the Difference? Everyone knows that vegans do not consume animal products.