The Difference Between Veganism and The Plant Based Diet

Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Reducetarian – These days there’s a diet to cater to anyone who wants to change the amount of meat and animal based consumption in their lives. Whether it’s purely a health-conscious choice, an ethical decision, or simply just a way to tell your parents you can’t stand beef, there’s a diet out there for you, and there’s plenty of information and support for you to be able to do just that.

For this post however, the plant consuming based diet we’ll talk about is, well, exactly that – The plant based diet. Often confused with, or associated with Veganism, at its core the plant based diet is actually very different. Popular with nutritionists, celebrities, and millennials, the whole plant based diet is a dietary choice often based on nutritional values alone, in contrast to the Vegan lifestyle that is normally chosen on an ethical stance. According to The Vegan Society:

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.

Vegans not only negate animal products from their diets, but also from their clothing, homes, and general lifestyle choices. In fact, the word lifestyle is an excellent way to define the separation between these two diets. Whereas Veganism is very much a lifestyle, the plant based diet is… A diet, and a diet alone.

So what is a plant food based diet, and are Mr Lee’s Noodles suitable?

For those wanting a quick answer – yes, our Dragon Fire Vegetables and Zen Garden Vegetables are both suitable. The diet consists of eating whole plant foods, emphasizing eating whole fruits and vegetables, consuming lots of whole grains, and staying away from the intake of animal products and processed foods for health reasons. Refined plant-products, such as crisps and other junk foods, even though they technically come from plants and not animal products, are not normally accepted in the diet. Those undertaking a plant based diet meal plan would normally stick to whole food or some minimally processed version of it, or a meal prepared from those foods.

Due to the freeze-dried nature of our ingredients, they class as minimally processed, retaining all of the healthful and nutritional values of the grain or vegetable. Not only are they suitable, but they make food on the go just that bit more achievable for people who struggle with diet planning, or just need a tasty, quick and easy solution for food on the go.

Our noodles are perfect to be a part of balanced plant based diet, and ideal for those who trying to achieve weight loss with the diet. Packed full of proteins and fibre, they’re made to fill you up, whilst doing some good to your body. Some plant based diet health benefits also include drastic reductions in risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and even some forms of cancer. Here at Mr Lee’s, there’s no lie, some of us enjoy a bit of meat in our noodles… But that said, there’s no denying the benefits of the whole-plant based diet, so to get some veggies in you make sure to check out our two plant food based diet suitable flavours!

sources:

http://nutritionstudies.org/whole-food-plant-based-diet-guide/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/plant-based-diet-vs-vegan-diet_us_5923374fe4b034684b0ebff0

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