Vegan vs Plant-Based: What’s the difference?

 

Did you know that a vegan diet is not the same as a whole food plant-based diet? While they are similar they have different nuances. Let’s break down the differences! 

Generally, something that is plant based or a “plant food” would be suitable for vegans, but something that is vegan, may not be considered plant-based. 

VEGAN  

Veganism is a philosophy deeply devoted to animal rights. It’s not just a diet, it’s a  lifestyle choice that involves food, politics and ethics. People who follow a vegan diet do not eat animal-based products, including meat, dairy, eggs, or animal-derived ingredients, like honey. 

Vegans follow this belief over to everyday life, for instance, shoes, clothes, accessories, or anything made with materials
that come from animals, like leather, silk, wool, gelatin, beeswax, lanolin, etc.are 100% off the table.

PLANT-BASED  

Unlike the vegan diet, processed foods, like oil, white flour, and refined sugar are not part of the diet. This way of eating is based around unprocessed or minimally processed vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. 

Therefore, plant-based eating isn’t just about the addition of whole, plant foods such as fruits, veggies, grains, nuts and seeds, but also the elimination of ALL animal products, including meat, fish, eggs, dairy, gelatin and other animal by-products from one’s diet.

One way of eating isn’t better than the other; it all depends on the motivation behind how, what, and why you eat. So whether you lean more toward the whole food plant-based diet or the vegan diet, there are huge benefits to both. There’s room at the table for everyone, and your Flava dinner is guaranteed to be delicious. 

Check out our vegan meals here.