Wait, what?! There’s actually a difference between the two? Turns out there is, and it’s very important to know the difference, so that you don’t mistakenly inform people when discussing your diet. Until a couple days ago I wasn’t aware that there was a difference between a vegan diet and plant based diet, and I don’t believe ignorance is bliss in this given situation. I was certain that a “plant based diet” was just another term made up by vegans who wanted more variety when discussing their diet. To be completely honest I was a bit baffled when I found out that they were actually two different styles of living. Let me share with you on how I discovered this fact. I recently became a member of a Facebook page called “plant based diet,” which I assumed also meant “vegan diet,” just in different wording when I joined the community. Not too long ago a member of this group decided to post on the page, and said something along these lines “can all you jerk vegans leave this group.” I thought to myself “does this person even know what he’s talking about,” and then left them a lengthy comment questioning their knowledge on the subject. I don’t agree with this individuals attitude towards vegans, yet he lead me down the path of discovery. And for that I am grateful.
So what is the difference? It’s actually quite simple, and I’m going to help you know and easily remember the difference between the two diets just in case you ever encounter a similar situation. Perhaps I can spare you the embarrassment of ignorance :).
People who eat a vegan diet do not eat animal-based products, including meat, dairy, eggs, or animal-derived ingredients such as honey, or as some people would like to call it bee throw up). This lifestyle isn’t limited to just food choices. It goes beyond excluding food and ingredients made from animal products and includes everyday items and products. A few of these items are clothes, accessories, makeup, shampoo, shoes, and anything on the market that is made with materials that come from animals like leather, gelatin, beeswax, lanolin, wool, skill, etc.
Whole Food Plant-Based
Similar to the vegan diet, people who eat a whole food plant-based diet avoid animal-based products, including meat, dairy, and eggs. Unlike the vegan diet they also avoid processed foods, including oil, white flour, and refined sugar. This way of eating is based around unprocessed or minimally processed veggies, fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The focus being more on the benefit of cutting out animal products, rather than animal rights.
What Diet is the best Diet?:
There is no definite answer to this question considering both diets are great for your health, and they both definitely help improve the environment by cutting back on the negative impact the meat and dairy industry has on our environment. The vegan diet happens to include a lot of meat substitutes, junk food exceptions, and dairy alternatives, which makes it easier to not be as healthy if a lot of those items are included. Whereas a plant based diet excludes a ton of foods that are not natural, or whole food based. This make this diet a great choice for people looking to improve their overall health. Eating a whole food based diet can help with weight loss, digestive health, skin health, etc.
Ultimately, the difference between the two comes down to the focus, which can either be animal rights or health. A vegan diet has a stronger focus on animal rights, while a plant based diet is more focused on health. There are a lot of people who consume a plant based, and also refrain from using animal material items, which is a mix of the two life styles. If you’re capable of eating a Plant Based diet that would definitely be the most beneficial for your health, yet the fact that you’re considering, or are living a vegan lifestyle is the most important fact. I personally believe that at the end of the day eating and doing what feels right to you is essential to finding a balance that you can live with long term.