What’s The Difference Between Vegan & Plant-Based Diets?

by Z Living Editors

Vegan diet, plant-based diet—what’s the difference, right? There actually are many reasons to explore how the two vary. To help you discern one from the other, we are going to define each trending diet, and the differences between the two to help you determine what’s right for you.

The Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet


A whole-food, plant-based diet consists of eating mainly whole, unrefined plants. Sidestepping the dangers of red meat and highly-refined foods, this diet has been linked to preventing heart disease and reversing type 2 diabetes. 

The plant-based diet is also the central component of Z Living’s original series The Big Fat Truth—where host JD Roth places people on the diet for 90 days, while helping them get to the root cause of their obesity. Check out the show to discover the power of committing eating only whole-food, plant-based recipes. 

Also on Z Living: What Is A Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet? Check Out Our Guide

The Vegan Diet


Vegan diets, and vegan recipes also avoid meat, and all animal-based ingredients, as well as animal-derived ingredients like honey (which is generally accepted amongst plant-based eaters). Veganism can seem more intense than going plant-based, because it’s a lifestyle that extends beyond diet to swearing off all materials derived from animals—i.e. leather and beeswax. However it is more lenient in the sense that vegans do not exclude refined ingredients from their diets. 

Also on Z Living: These 5 Common Ingredients May Ruin Your Stomach

The Main Differences


Vegans can consume oils and other refined ingredients, while practitioners of the whole-foods, plant-based diet refrain, because the extraction of oils from their vegetables leaves most important nutrients behind. 

The other main difference between vegan and plant-based diets are the motivations behind them. Both diets are associated with better health, free of the many dangers of eating meat—i.e. heart disease, and diabetes—but only vegans focus on the social aspect of their diet. While fighting for animal rights is a great vegan cause, it does totally not extend to the plant-based community, which is built strictly on nutritional research and philosophy. 

How To Determine Which Diet Is Right For You


While JD Roth and The Big Fat Truth focus on whole-food, plant-based diets, that doesn’t take anything away from many vegan health benefits. If you’re not as passionate about fighting for a cause, you can enjoy the values of a plant-based diet without the extra limitations of veganism. If you can’t give up refined oils and sugars and oreos (vegan-friendly), then veganism might be an easier first step for you to take. 

For those of you who choose the path of plant-based, we have seen some remarkable results. To enjoy plant-based diet benefits yourself, we’ve got just the thing. 

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