This blog will discuss several aspects of plant-based food diets and try to conclude which one has pros and cons
Over the past 10 years there has been an upraising trend in consuming plant-based foods and shifting over to a more environmentally friendly diet. In today’s world more and more people are becoming aware of the hazards to nature caused by meat consumption and want to change their daily eating habits.
However, most of the people who want to become as they say “vegans”, also come across with another term such as vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, flexitarian etc. In today’s blog we will be clearing all of the misunderstandings and myths by digging deeper into different types of plant-based diets, their benefits and finally try to answer the question of is there a better one out of all diets?
What is the difference between a vegan and vegetarian diet?
Some people eating a plant-based diet may choose not to eat meat and animal products for various reasons. A vegan diet excludes all meat and animal products (meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy and eggs), whereas a vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, ﬁsh and seafood. However, there are a few variations of a vegetarian diet that depend on whether you eat or exclude eggs, dairy and fish (see table below).
Different styles of plant-based eating
Name of diet
Semi-vegetarian or flexitarian
includes eggs and dairy
may include small amounts of meat, poultry, fish and seafood
includes eggs, dairy, fish and seafood
excludes meat and poultry
excludes meat, poultry, fish, seafood and dairy
excludes meat, poultry, fish, seafood and eggs
(a.k.a. lacto-ovo vegetarian)
includes eggs and dairy
excludes meat, poultry, fish and seafood
excludes all meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs and dairy
What are the benefits of a plant-based diet?
A diet centered on plenty of whole, minimally processed plant foods lowers your risk of heart disease and benefits your overall health.
Vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds are low in saturated fat, contain heart-healthy fats and are an excellent source of fiber. They give our bodies vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals, which offer protection against disease.
Research shows that vegan and vegetarian diets are associated with a lower risk of heart disease3. People that follow a vegan or vegetarian diet generally have lower blood pressure and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol than non-vegetarians. Some studies have shown that well-planned vegan and vegetarian diets help people to control their blood sugar levels and may reduce inflammation in the body too.
The key thing to note when looking at the evidence is that vegans and vegetarians tend to lead a healthier life overall, which explains some, but not all, of the lower risk seen in these groups. For example, people who follow a vegetarian diet may be more physically active and drink less alcohol.
How can I eat more plant-based foods?
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In this article we have discussed the differences between types of plant-based diets and the potential health benefits that come with consuming vegan foods. There is no single handed best type of plant based diet that suits everyone, so it is important to do your own research on types of diets and start your small steps into a greener future:)
Do you want to know what a flexitarian diet is and how is it different from Vegan diet? Check out the article posted by reblchef.comand learn more about plant-based diet.