“Research studies on plant based whole food diets have demonstrated impressive outcomes for disease treatment and prevention including diabetes, heart disease and numerous varieties of cancers. My goal is to share these findings with you in a concise and simple to understand manner so that you and your family & friends can benefit.”
Janella Godoy, M.A.
What is the difference between Plant Based vs. Vegan vs. Vegetarian?
The exact distinctions between these three words can vary from one person to another. The most prevalent understanding of the differences between someone adhering to a plant based diet vs. being a vegan vs. a vegetarian is as follows…
A plant based diet encompasses grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. It absolutely excludes all meats and animal byproducts, such eggs and dairy. A plant based person may choose their diet for for their own health benefits, to minimize their carbon footprint, or for the welfare of our animal friends. Being a vegan takes a plant based diet to the next level.
Vegan is a complete lifestyle that includes everything a plant based person is, and more. Of course, a vegan excludes any ‘food’ derived from animals and animal byproducts from their diet. I place ‘food’ in quotes, because for vegans, “friends are not food,” meaning animals are not food in the first place. Vegans also exclude consuming any food that involved animals or animal byproducts in the making. For instance, honey is off-limits for a true vegan, as it was created by bees. Further, vegans do not purchase, nor use, any material objects in which animals were effected in the making. Vegans do not wear leather, do not own down-filled comforters, nor use soaps, make-up, etc. that involved an animal in any way, shape, or form in its production.
Finally, a vegetarian is a person who excludes meat from their diet. Vegetarian is a broad term, and can mean many different things for many different people. At the minimum, vegetarians exclude meat from their diet. Usually, a vegetarian will eat dairy. Some self-identified vegetarians eat fish and/ or eggs, as well.
Scientific Research Results – Easy to Digest!
Research studies on plant based and whole food diets have demonstrated impressive outcomes for disease treatment and prevention including diabetes, heart disease and numerous varieties of cancers. At PlantBasedWholeFood.org, it is my goal to share these impressive findings with you in a concise and simple to understand manner so that you and the world can understand the generous benefits that a plant based diet affords.
Too often, research results are kept within the niche circle of scientists in the industry by strictly being published in specific academic journals, which charge an expensive subscription for access. The original publications are filled with complex terminology that allow the scientists to describe their findings incredibly precisely while communicating with one another. However, these articles make for a grueling read for the average reader, ultimately limiting who is able to access and benefit from their research findings. This is where I come in. While scientists are busy conducting their awe-inspiring research, I am busy reading and summarizing their results to help them spread the word to everyone else.
Consciously Planned Plant Based Recipes
At plantbasedwholefood.org, you will also find plant based recipes that are consciously planned to be nutrient dense and made with natural ingredients. Our recipes call for whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, while omitting highly processed and animal based foods. Our mission is to focus on using only the best of ingredients. As we are also eco-conscious, we highly recommend supporting locally farmed goods and choosing organic options whenever possible.
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Meet Your Blogger
All research publications are reviewed and summarized by Janella Godoy, M.A. Janella is a published researcher in the area of commitment to health behavior changes. She earned her Master of Arts degree in psychological research. Janella has been a vegetarian for over half of her life and is on the way to a vegan lifestyle. Join her on her plant based quest to a healthier life and kinder planet. Read her story… or send her a message.