What is a plant-based diet

Note: this page has been updated in July 2019.

Have you ever wondered “what is a plant-based diet?”

The term plant-based diet covers a wide range of thoughts by different people and groups. However, to get off on the right track, let’s look at some of the definitions of “plant-based diets.” As previously mentioned, the term “plant-based diet” has differing specific meanings for different people. See Different types of plant-based diets presented by different health professionals.

In between are a range of dietary options (such as vegetarianism) each with their advocates. At one end are those who believe that a plant-based diet means the total exclusion of animal products, essentially this is veganism and many of the followers of The Engine 2 Movement. Engine 2 is a whole food plant-based diet labeled plant -strong. Individuals following a plant-strong diet don’t eat fake meat or cheese substitutes, or vegetable oils, only whole, unprocessed foods. Vegan do eat fake meat or cheese substitutes and use vegetable oils.

However, for many individuals, a broader definition of plant-based applies. These are people whose diet consists mainly of non-animal food sources but are happy to have occasional inclusions of meat, fish, dairy or poultry.

There are many claimed health benefits of a plant-based diet, especially in avoiding increasingly common “lifestyle” diseases and conditions.

The whole foods plant-based diet and the plant-strong diet are essentially the same diets as in both camps these diets do not include any meat or dairy. The phrase “Plant-Strong” was coined by Rip Esselstyn. Plant-strong is the term used by Rip Esselstyn and the followers of Engine 2 which include the food products sold and marketed through Whole Foods

Ok, what is a whole food plant-based diet?

The simple answer, of course, is a diet full of plants without processed foods. This diet eliminates all animal products, including dairy and eggs. Generally speaking, for those who follow a plant-based diet, instead of meals being based on meat with supplementary vegetables, the focus is always on the meals being provided from non-animal sources.

Whole food, plant-based diet (WFPB)

A WFPB diet doesn’t include any meat, dairy, or eggs. It’s not, however, the same as a vegan diet, which is defined only by what it eliminates. A WFPB diet is defined also by what it emphasizes: a large variety of whole foods.

The term “whole” in WFPB describes foods that are minimally processed. This includes as many whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes as you want. It also includes, in moderation: nuts, seeds, avocados, natural sweeteners, and certain soy or wheat products that don’t contain added fat (e.g., tofu, seitan).

The term “whole” in WFPB describes foods that are minimally processed.

Heavily processed foods, on the other hand, are not included in a WFPB diet. This means avoiding highly refined grain products (e.g., white rice, white flour), foods containing added sugars or artificial sweeteners (e.g., confectioners sugar, high fructose corn syrup), and foods containing added fat. Yes, even olive oil.

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Prescription to live a long healthy life

From the creators of the groundbreaking documentary comes the New York Times bestselling diet plan Sanjay Gupta called “the prescription you need to live a long, healthy life”—a plan to transition to a delicious whole-foods, plant-based diet in just twenty-eight days.

The trailblazing film Forks Over Knives helped spark a medical and nutritional revolution. Backed by scientific research, the film’s doctors and expert researchers made a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented and often reversed by leaving meat, dairy, and highly refined foods off the plate and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead.

Time to Take Action

Now, The Forks Over Knives Plan shows you how to put this life-saving, delicious diet into practice in your own life. This easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover is the approach Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (featured in the documentary) use every day in their nutritional health practice—a simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium.

Whether you’re already a convert and just want a dietary reboot, or you’re trying a plant-based diet for the first time The Forks Over Knives Plan makes it easier than ever to transition to this healthiest way of eating…and to maintain it for life.

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