Vegan, veggie, reducetarian, or plant-based eating regimens are some of the various ways of life people turn to when in need of a healthy diet. Most people get all of them mixed up which is why we decided to make everything clear and explain what each of them is consisted of.
But all of them have a certain catch. For instance, vegans never consume eggs and dairy products (milk, butter, yogurt and other) while on the other hand, vegetarians do. However, is eating potato chips healthier than consuming a cheese filled salad?
The WFPBD-whole foods plant-based diet is an eating regimen that’s been getting pretty popular among nutritionists, celebrities and those who are always in search for the healthiest option.
It is quite common that people confuse theWFPBD with veganism. However, they couldn’t be further from the truth. But we are going to put into details their differences and similarities.
Vegans are against the consumption of any product with an animal origin. Based on The Vegan Peace, “Veganism is a lifestyle which tries to eliminate, all types of animal exploitation and violence in terms of food, clothing, or any other use. It abstains from meat, fish, poultry, eggs, animal milk, honey, and things made out of them. Vegans also never wear fur, wool, leather, or silk and fight against zoos, circuses, rodeos, as well as all types of animal testing.
The difference is that vegans approve of the consumption of processed fruits and veggies. For instance, potato chips, (vegan-friendly) gummy candy, and cookies as well are vegan.
The whole foods plant-based diet, on the other hand, focuses on consumes whole fruits and vegetables, eating an abundance of whole grains for nutritional reasons. Meaning that vegan refined sugar desserts with bleached flour isn’t plant-based even though it is made from plant ingredients. A plant-based diet does not exclude their leather goods purchase.
In other words, the plant-based diet excludes refined foods like the all-purpose flour, sugar, oil, and processed foods such as pretzels and chips. These products are not considered to be “plant-based foods” although they technically derive from plants and have no connection to animals.
These are considered plant-based foods: fruits, veggies, tubers (e.g. potatoes), leafy greens, nuts (e.g. cashews, almonds), seeds (e.g. flax seeds), sea vegetables (e.g. seaweed), legumes (e.g. beans, peanuts), and grains. Mushrooms and yeast also fall under the category of plant-based foods.
It does not imply that you must consume those foods in a raw form; it allows minimal procession and preparation. Guacamole, for instance, is a plant food that has been slightly processed or prepared. Other similar cases are with hummus, applesauce, salsa, peanut butter, oatmeal, and veggie broth.
Under the category of minimally processed fall condiments as well, like mustard, hot sauce, vinegar, and soy sauce.
Generally accepted within the definition of “plant foods” are also corn tortillas, whole-grain bread (e.g. whole-wheat bread), and pasta (e.g. whole-wheat spaghetti or brown rice noodles).