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Is a plant-based diet vegan as well?

You will hear lots of vegans say they eat a plant based diet. The word ‘plant based’ is quite a new word that people started using when the word vegan got a more negative connotation. Does that mean they are the same thing? Not entirely.

Typically plant based only includes someone’s eating choices, whereas vegan typically means someone is extending that practice into their life from the clothes they wear, type of food they buy and the products they consume.

You’ll notice that there are a lot of brands popping up with the vegan and cruelty-free emblem on them, and that’s specifically for people following a vegan lifestyle.

Someone who is eating plant based might still be buying leather and using cosmetics which are tested on animals.

So, all vegans are eating a plant-based diet, whereas people on plant based diet are not necessarily vegans.

What’s important to remember is that it goes beyond these word. Veganism can be viewed as a spectrum and you can sit wherever you’d like without feeling like you should be doing it better. Plant based is a spot on this spectrum.

At the end of the day, if you’re managing a meatless Monday once a week, you’re somewhere on that spectrum and making a change.


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