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Julia Chebotar
Julia ChebotarPublished on July 19, 2022

If you’re confused about the difference between a plant-based diet and a vegan diet, you’re not alone. Whether you’re planning on switching or trying or know someone who is or just has health questions about plant and vegan diets, we are here to help. Both diets have been recognized for their health benefits in recent years. 

But what are the key differences between the two?  

Plant-based diet

A plant-based diet consists of nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. That doesn’t mean you’re giving up fish, meats, or dairy products, but limiting your intake.  Here are some facts (differences) about plant-based diets.

  • Plant-based diets contain small meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and dairy portions. 
  • Plant-based diets are easier to control and follow. 
  • Frequency and portions of animal-derived products are crucial to a healthy plant-based diet, meaning you have to spread out when you eat animal-based products.

Questions: Do I have to give up desserts?

No, the diet is flexible. You don’t have to plan your meals. However, planning and prepping are excellent. You can eat yogurt, parfait, and (look for plant-based desserts).

Vegan Diet 

A vegan diet consists of plants, grains, nuts, and fruits but excludes animal products. The vegan diet is more restrictive than the vegetarian and plant-based diet. The vegan diet allows for a higher fiber level, which is excellent for gut health and boosts heart health. Here are some facts (differences.

  • A vegan diet requires planning and preparation to maintain. 
  • A vegan diet might require supplements to replace nutrients found in animal-derived products. 

Here are some supplements (under the advice of your physician) that you should take, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and calcium is advised. 

A Health Chef post won’t be complete without food. Here are some breakfast ideas and recipes from both diets to get you started

Plant-based: Roasted Cauliflower Burrito Bowl

Vegan: Thai Carrot Ginger Soup (Gluten-free)

Plant-based: Mango and Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Vegan: Sweet Potato Burgers

Let us know what you think. Since you can’t comment below, you can share your comments on our LinkedinInstagram, or tag us in your post.Note: Please talk to your physician before switching to a vegan or plant-based diet. Speaking with a health provider can help you create a plan and determine which diet is right for you.

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