June 7, 2017 10:38 am Leave your thoughts
Every so often, something old gets a new name. There’s been a lot of talk about ‘plant-based eating’, recently, and at Naturally Good Food we wondered if it was essentially veganism – just with a different hat on.
We looked it up. Plant-based eating, according to the most popular definition online, is:
‘a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.’
So it’s not quite the same as veganism. Veganism excludes all meat and all animal products (and by-products). But you can be a vegan and happily eat all the bleached flour you want…
Plant-based diets also have a particular focus on wholefoods – and that’s something that we at Naturally Good Food agree with wholeheartedly.
What’s in a plant-based diet?
Here’s what one US website (https://www.forksoverknives.com/what-to-eat/) recommends as the basis of a plant-based diet:
- ‘Fruit: mangoes, bananas, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, cherries, etc.
- Vegetables: lettuce, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, carrots, etc.
- Tubers and starchy vegetables: potatoes, yams, yucca, winter squash, corn, green peas, etc.
- Whole grains: millet, quinoa, barley, rice, whole wheat, oats, etc.
- Legumes: kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, cannellini beans, black beans, etc.’
Starch-based foods and fruit are put at the centre of this diet, throwing the idea that these are unhealthy right out the window.
Is plant-based eating a euphemism for ‘vegan’?
Some tongue-in -cheek vegan jokes:
How do you know if someone is vegan?
Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
What’s the first rule of Vegan Club?
Tell everyone about Vegan Club.
An atheist and a vegan walk into a bar.
I only know because they told everyone within two minutes.
Yes, there are lots of vegan jokes out there, mostly based on the theme that vegans like to tell you all about being vegans. Some people think that ‘plant-based eating’ is something people now like to say just to avoid any negative connotations of ‘vegan’. Others feel that it makes it clear that you’re not adopting such an ‘extreme’ position as vegans – or that you’re more concerned with nutrition than with questions of animal welfare.
Is it a precise definition?
The thing is, plant-based eating is really whatever you want it to be, while veganism has a much more rigid definition. In some cases – indeed, the majority of cases worldwide – those who eat a plant-based diet do so just because there’s hardly any meat around. In other plant-based diets, meat is allowed, it’s just that you don’t base your meals around it. In other diets, people really do want to eat plants and nothing else.
We cater for all (balanced) diets at Naturally Good Food and don’t mind if you want to talk about it a lot or not mention it at all! We can certainly help you with all the wholefood components of a wonderfully healthy diet – check out our wholefoods section here.
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This post was written by Yzanne