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Vegan vs. Plant-Based Explained by our San Jose Nutrition Coaches

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Vegan vs. Plant-Based Explained by our San Jose Nutrition Coaches

Have you ever looked at the terms “vegan” and “plant-based” and thought they were the same thing?


Our San Jose nutrition coaches know it can get confusing!


There are some pretty big differences, so our San Jose nutrition coaches are going to dive in a little deeper because plant-based diets are getting more popular than ever.


In fact, just last year in 2021, 62% of all households (79 million!) bought plant-based foods and products. (Products like plant-based milks and meat alternatives.)


And those numbers are only expected to continue to grow.


And this is for good reason … because a plant-based diet has been known to:

  • Help with weight loss and obesity

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease & some cancers

  • Battle cognitive decline

  • Be linked to a lower risk of diabetes

  • And lots more


Now, this is not a “one size fits all” set of rules … but here are a few differences between the terms “vegan” and “whole-foods plant-based”:


Vegan Diet: 

  • This is often a total lifestyle approach that uses no animal products at all, including in self-care products and clothing

  • It’s often based on ethical concerns for the care and treatment of animals

  • Can include highly processed foods (refined grains, sugar, packaged foods) as long as they don’t contain animal products


Whole-Foods Plant-Based Diet:

  • Focused on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats

  • Does not include refined oils or grains, highly processed foods, or added sugars

  • May include a small amount of animal products (meat, dairy, fish, etc.)

  • May include self-care products and clothing made with animal products


Now it is absolutely possible to follow a vegan lifestyle AND eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet. 


SIDE NOTE: You might notice more products being marketed as “plant-based.” This doesn’t necessarily mean they are also “whole foods,” especially if it’s processed! 


Our San Jose nutrition coaches hope this information helps you understand a little more about the differences – so you can make better choices that work for your goals, your health, and your lifestyle.


Make it an amazing day,

Team Method3 Fitness


At Method3 Fitness, our nutrition coaches help our clients find solutions that last a lifetime.  Each individualized nutrition plan is oriented around striking a balance between what nourishes your body and what makes you smile. Our San Jose nutrition coaches will tailor a program to your lifestyle to help you gain energy, stay active and enjoy the foods you love!


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Method3 Fitness is conveniently located in San Jose.  Our team of personal trainers and nutrition coaches serve clients in Los Gatos, Campbell, Willow Glen and other surrounding Bay Area cities.  

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