What is a ‘Whole Food Plant-based’ diet?

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There are a lot of people in the world, and a lot of ways of eating too. Among the organic diets, you will find the whole food plant-based diet. Curious about what you’d eat and wouldn’t eat and why? You can read about it here.

Difference between vegan and whole food plant-based

What is the difference between vegan and a whole food plant-based diet? Both ways of eating avoid animal products. The big difference is that someone following the whole food plant-based diet avoids processed products like oil, white flour and white, refined sugars. They choose whole products. Instead of olive oil, they choose the whole olive.

Vegans also avoid animal ingredients. This includes meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, cheese and milk. A vegan goes further than ‘only’ vegetal food: it’s a lifestyle where they don’t make use of animal products such as leather, wool and honey. Products that have been tested on animals are also not vegan, such as certain cosmetics and cleaning products.

What do you eat?

It’s actually very simple: whole, unprocessed vegetal products. This means fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds and herbs. It’s not true that people don’t eat fat, because they don’t use – a lot of – oil. This is not completely true. People following this diet get their fat from other sources, such as avocados, seeds, nuts (almonds!) and, yes, coconuts.

Source: Nutrition Studies, The Green Creator