Is there a dif­fer­ence be­tween ve­g­an­ism and a plant-based diet?

Waihi Leader - - News -

Good ques­tion! In essence they mean much the same thing but often it comes down to what mo­ti­vates peo­ple, whether they’re more into an­i­mal wel­fare or health or both. You could say there’s a spec­trum from peo­ple who’ll eat any­thing and ev­ery­thing as long as it didn’t cause harm to any an­i­mal — some­times called junk food ve­g­ans — to peo­ple who fo­cus on eat­ing whole or un­pro­cessed food of plant ori­gin and avoid re­fined oils and sug­ars.

Oreos, choco­late, French fries, cof­fee and cham­pagne are all ve­gan — not from an­i­mals — but I see them as treat foods rather than some­thing I want to eat reg­u­larly. Plant-based can some­times im­ply that you mostly eat food from plants while ve­gan is a definite state­ment that you don’t eat any­thing of an­i­mal ori­gin.

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