For example, suppose you’re plant-based and get 80% to 100% of your calories from whole plant foods with some animal products.
In that case, you’re eating a healthier diet than a vegan who consumes no animal products but gets most of their calories from less-nutritious vegan foods.
Many marketing-savvy brands will promote their products as being healthy because they’re vegan, when in reality they may be loaded with added sugars, fats, sodium and additives plus lack fiber.
For optimal health, be a conscious consumer and read nutrition labels when grocery shopping, limit less-nutritious foods in your diet and prioritize getting most of your daily energy from whole plant foods.
Plant-based, on the other hand, tends to be more the idea of a whole-food, plant-based diet, meaning less-processed.
To make your life easier, stop bringing processed foods into your home. Keep it clean from temptations.
Regardless of which diet you follow, the best thing you can do for your health is to get most of your calories from a wide variety of plant foods, limit processed foods, avoid overeating and ensure adequate nutrient intake.
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