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FEATURE Vegan Vs Plant-based. What's the difference?

They are actually two VERY different things!

Published: 09 Jul 2017 @ thatveganrecipe.com



Have you ever overheard a conversation about a diet, decided to pitch in and say "I went vegan for my health" only to be met with looks that kill and a wall of silence? Well it's probably because you've just offended an entire community, WOOPS!

Veganism has been prevalent in modern culture for quite some time yet people still don't seem to understand what it actually involves. There is also a new term to express your dietary requirements which is, plant-based and these are two VERY different entities.

Here's why

Firstly, Veganism is NOT a diet. It is a lifestyle & moral stand point built on the ethics of compassion for sentient, living beings and the environment they inhabit. This doesn't always include other humans, we're usually not a huge fan of these beings.

To be vegan means to eliminate the death & exploitation of animals, avoid all animal based products, stand up for animals that do not have a voice and help to protect the world they live in as much as you can.

This is not limited to food, it extends to EVERYTHING in the day to day life of a vegan. Products such as Makeup & cosmetics that are tested on animals will be avoided along with anything else you can buy or use for ANY ASPECT OF YOUR DAY.

THAT, is veganism.
A plant-based diet is exactly as it sounds, it is a diet solely consisting of plant-based foods for the benefit of the individual undertaking the diet.

So, it is imposible to become vegan for your own health because veganism isn't about YOU! It's about other living beings.

Likewise, you cannot adopt a plant-based diet based of an ethical or moral stand point towards animals because it is just that, a diet. YES, it still reduces the number of animals consumed but it is still JUST A DIET.

Official definition of veganism:
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

Find out more inforamtion on veganism here, www.vegansociety.com

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