Why Going Vegan Is Not the Same as Eating a Plant-Based Diet



If we were to ask you what the difference is between a plant-based and vegan diet, you'd be forgiven for scratching your head thinking, Hang on, aren't they the same? Well, we're here to tell you that they're not. Despite the fact that over the past few years, many an A-lister has said they're following a "vegan" diet, in actual fact, they're really eating a plant-based diet. So what's the deal? Before we reveal the ins and outs of vegan and plant-based eating, we first spoke to Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who cleared up the confusion.

"Being vegan isn't just about what we put on our plates," says Allen. "It's a lifestyle that seeks to reduce the amount of animal suffering in the world." This means that while those who eat a plant-based diet might wear leather or fur, vegans do not. The confusion cleared up, she also revealed that one in five 18- to 24-year-olds in Britain now avoids eating meat altogether, according to research by Mintel. In addition, last year more than 70,000 people downloaded or ordered PETA's free vegan starter kit. Allen reckons that number will only increase in 2017.

Evidently, following either diet is big news right now. But how do you go about finding out which one is right for you? We spoke to Jo Travers, author of The Low-Fad Diet and a professional nutritionist, who broke down the differences between the two and how to do each one. Keep scrolling for your guide to the plant-based versus vegan diet debate, plus how to follow each one.

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