The title “plant-based eating” sounds pretty logical – a diet that revolves around plants. However, it isn’t just adding plants to your current diet, as a matter of fact, the most important part is eliminating all animal products (meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and any other byproducts). Plant-based eaters remove animal based products strictly because of the negative health effects that come along with them such as increase blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Plant-based eaters focus on whole plant foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. This type of diet does not include foods high in oil, sugars or salt.
Although vegans also remove animal-based products from their diets, there is more to veganism than just the diet. Veganism becomes a lifestyle. They are usually very concerned about animal rights, politics and ethical issues. They do not only remove animal products from their meals but from every part of their life – hence no clothing that is made from animal furs are acceptable, to give you an example.
The most important part to understand about the difference between plant-based and vegan diets is that although vegans do not consume animal products, they will gladly consume foods high in oils, salts and sugars such as French fries and sodas, which is unacceptable with someone on a strict plant-based diet. Therefore, the truth is, following a plant-based diet is much healthier than a vegan diet.