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We use the term "plant based", and
you might wonder if we mean
"vegan". There are important
distinctions between the two diets
that most people aren't aware of. To
understand the different health benefits
each provides we must know the specific
Veganism describes not only individuals
who do not eat any animal products, but
individuals who do not wear any animal
products or believe in using animals in
any way that inflicts harm. An important
distinction is that a vegan diet is not by
Those who eat a plant- based diet do not
necessarily avoid animal products in
their clothing, hygiene, and overall
products they use. They tend to opt for
unrefined foods and avoid the [processed
foods that many vegans eat. Whole- plant
foods are low in processed fat and are an
ideal way to prevent disease, get more fiber,
and ward off medical issues.
❞ Eating a whole- food, plant-based diet
affords the opportunity of optimal health for the mind, body, and- if one so chooses-spirit.
Vegan food can be highly processed and
less nutritionally dense.
For example, cookies can be made vegan but
that doesn’t necessarily mean that cookies
are healthy. There is still plenty of sugar
and oil in cookies which make them
calorically rich and unhealthy. Another
example are potato chips which contain
potatoes but a lot of oil and salt. These
alternatives are vegan, but are processed
and are not always healthy.
Plant based foods contain whole food
ingredients, plus contain a lot of
vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals
which makes them more nutritious.
For example, a buddha bowl that includes
nuts,seeds, legumes, grains, and greens
would be considered plant based. There are
no ingredients in the bowl that have
Some more examples of plant based options
include a vegan burger made with black
beans or lentils rather than red meat, served
with a high fiber bun rather than white bun.
For those pasta lovers, you can use chickpea
pasta which is high fiber and high in
protein with a healthy marinara sauce and
vegan meatballs made from soy products.
The best part of a plant based diet is the
health benefits. Eating whole food
ingredients increases your intake of fiber,
healthy proteins, and micronutrients,
including antioxidants and essential
All of these incredible micronutrients
support every single body system,
including your heart, brain, blood sugar,
digestion, and overall health.
By contrast, a poor diet can have
devastating effects on health overall by
creating hormonal chaos and inflammation
in the body. Some of these include red meat,
dairy, sugar, processed foods, and foods
high in trans fats.