Everyone knows that they should be eating more vegetables, but it’s easy to fall short. A diet rich in vegetables is linked to a whole host of health benefits, including the reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes which are some of the most common healthcare issues. More and more people every day are cutting back or eliminating meat from their diets, but what are the differences between a vegan and plant based diet?
What Makes a Vegan Diet?
While both diets seek to promote the health benefits of natural and whole foods, a vegan diet is one in which the person eliminates all animal products. Products being the key word here. Dairy, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, honey, all of these things are off limit if you choose to adopt a vegan diet. Strict veganism means there is little grey zone when it comes to your food choices—items are either vegan or they are not. Many vegans feel that eating this way isn’t just a dietary choice, but a lifestyle one. This rigid adherence can be off putting for many people seeking a change in their nutritional and dietary habits.
However, many aspects of a vegan diet can be incredibly healthy and nutritious. There are no shortage of vegetables, fiber, quality carbohydrates, and micronutrients when properly adhering to this diet. A vegan diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, soy products and some processed vegan products. Processed vegan products include foods that might not be the healthiest – most vegans consume these products in moderation.
A vegan diet is considered a preventative diet for chronic diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation in the body is indicated as a cause of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Animal products contain saturated fat which has been linked to inflammation and arterial blockage. Fats that are derived from plant sources contain anti-inflammatory benefits which promote better blood flow and circulation.
A vegan diet can seem unattainable for some people but any step towards a diet rich in plants makes a great impact on one’s health. Ready to start making a change? Start by implementing meatless Mondays into your routine. Dr. Praeger’s has lots of ideas for meatless lunches and dinners!
The Plant-Based Diet
The explosion in popularity of plant-based eating is related to the growing popularity of veganism as a lifestyle and dietary choice. Not everyone is willing to fully commit to a vegan diet, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t also take steps to eat more vegetables or plant-based foods! Plant-based diets are concerned with the nutritional benefits associated with eating more plant foods regardless of whether you choose to continue to consume meat.
What sorts of foods does one eat on a plant-based diet?
- Healthy fats and oils such as nut butters, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.
While it may seem simple, there is plenty of variety to be had. Plant-based diets encourage eating whole, minimally processed foods which are very nutritious. Just look at our own food lineup at Dr. Praeger’s and you’ll see the power of plant-based eating! Our ingredients our easy to read and consist of whole plant-based foods.
Unlike the vegan diet, the plant-based diet is less restrictive which means that you can have eggs, fish and lean meats occasionally. The most important part is increasing the amount of vegetables and fruits in your diet. It is the perfect way to get the health benefits of a vegan diet without being fully committed. It can also be a great transition to a healthier lifestyle and weight control.
Do you know the best part? Dr. Praeger’s has some of the best products for transitioning to a plant-based diet such as the Perfect Burger and Chick’n Tenders. These products make the transition so much easier and it also provides the satisfaction of meat without the saturated fats. Following a more plant-based diet also provides the opportunity to explore new foods and recipes that you may have never tried before!
Is Dr. Praeger’s Vegan or Plant-Based?
The majority of our delicious and convenient frozen products fit the bill as plant-based, as well as being Vegan Certified! We deeply care about the ingredients we put into our products, our Sensible Foods Philosophy means we develop foods that are simple, tasty, and nutritious. We do this using only the minimal amount of ingredients which means no fillers and no artificial preservatives.
If you have certain dietary requirements such as soy-free, vegan, and gluten-free, you will be happy to know we have a product for you. Be sure to check for the certifications on the front of our packages.
If you have any questions about our products or would like to bring Dr. Praeger’s to a shelf near you, contact us today. We’d love to hear from you!