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  • Writer's pictureMaria C Colon-Gonzalez

Vegan versus Whole Food Plant Based Diet

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Why is veganism not the same as a whole-food, plant-based diet? In a whole-food diet, you consume less processed food and closer to its natural state. A vegan diet can include chips and beer, but is that genuinely healthy? Instead, in a whole-food plant-based diet, the amount of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts one consumes is higher. This style of nourishing your body provides higher fiber consumption, vitamins, and minerals. It is also a "low fat" diet since foods are prepared without using oils, butter, or margarine. Healthy sources of fat include nuts, seeds, and avocados. Food is prepared in styles that allow the use of vegetable stock, lemon juice, and other fresh ingredients that limit the need to depend on the process and add fats to our diet. Like in a vegan diet, animal products are not consumed. Protein is still essential in any eating style; legumes, vegetables, nuts, and grains all have the amino acids to keep our bodies working at excellent capacity. Added sugar is reduced, and natural sweeteners, like fruits, are used to prepare dishes. A whole-food plant-based diet is not about restriction or eating food that is not tasty but is about embracing a different way of nourishing our bodies that will improve our health and help us regain energy and capacity to focus throughout the day. Herbs and spices will add flavor and texture to your meals. A whole-food, plant-based diet allows you to celebrate food without being bound to the "diet culture." Finally, some people might think switching to a whole-food plant-based diet is more expensive, and the reality is that this is not true if we buy season fresh products, bulk legumes, and whole grains and limit processed vegan products.

What are some benefits of eating more plants? Reduce your risk of some cancers like colon, breast, and prostate, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent heart disease, and reduce complications associated with diabetes. In some cases, you might be able to reduce doses of your medications and even eliminate some of them.

Finally, people that embrace this style of nourishing their bodies will benefit from a vitamin B12 supplement. But, always consult with your doctor before choosing your supplement.

This transition can be challenging if you do it alone, but there is help! You do not have to walk your health journey alone. I can help you!

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