Many people are unaware that there is a difference between the terms “vegan” and “plant-based.” Let’s take a look at the differences.
Plant-based is, well, exactly that. Plant-based means a diet that revolves around plant based foods—fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains and seeds, but absolutely no animal products such as meat, fish, milk, butter, eggs, cheese or other animal by-product.
Both plant-based diets and vegan diets have been found to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease and can also help with weight loss. In addition, both diets may decrease the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. So either path you choose, you’re doing your body good.
Veganism, however, is a philosophy deeply devoted to animal rights, and being a vegan is a lifestyle choice. Vegans not only eliminate animal products from their diet, but from all aspects of their lives. In other words, no fur, leather wool or silk; no animal-based products of any kind. Even products derived from insects like honey is completely avoided. And just as important, vegans stay away from products tested on animals and opt for "cruelty-free" cosmetics and beauty products. Sadly, a very large percentage of beauty products are still tested on animals. Thankfully, this is slowly changing.
If you have a sweet tooth, don't worry, vegans are known to indulge in some dark chocolate and candy.