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