The explosion of people across continents, switching to plant-based diets, is truly phenomenal. Whether Vegan or Plant-based eaters, it is a huge win for animal life, the environment/nature, and for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of human beings. The main takeaway is you’re not consuming animals anymore, and that is a phenomenal thing!
We give you the basic 101 on the difference between being a Vegan or being a Plant Based eater. Both are great, but there is a difference that it helps to be in the know about.
Vegan diets are high in nutrients and fiber while low in saturated fats. This has shown to lower blood pressure, regulate blood glucose levels, lower cholesterol, and promote overall health. Although different vegans fall under different categories for different reasons, they all have one thing in common and that’s a plant-based lifestyle.
Though there are different reasons for becoming vegan, Veganism, by its definition is purely an animal movement, a way of life solely for the protection of animal rights.
A Plant-Based diet solely depends on plants for food, it is not governed by any considerations for animal welfare, like Veganism. A healthy plant-based diet includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. For a plant-based diet to be healthy, it should contain whole minimally processed plant foods.
Eating highly processed foods, although plant-based, can never offer you these benefits and can put your life at risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Processed foods are often high in saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, and other additives to curb your taste buds but harmful in the long run.