Surprising differences between a vegan and plant-based diet you need to know

Surprising differences between a vegan and plant-based diet you need to know


What is a vegan diet?


Vegans eat plant foods and do not eat anything that comes from an animal or contains animal by-products.


The focus is to create no harm to any living being. A vegan doesn’t wear materials such as leather, wool & silk. Hair, skincare, and cosmetics are cruelty-free and not tested on animals.


A person may decide to go vegan for various reasons including ethical (animal welfare), health reasons, or environment benefits.


What foods can you eat on a vegan diet?




  • Wholegrains
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables




  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Soy Products
  • Meat substitutes




  • Dairy free yoghurt
  • Dairy free cheese
  • Dairy free ice cream
  • Dairy free desserts
  • Nutritional Yeast




  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Oils




  • Vegan junk & processed foods
  • Vegan superfoods
  • Sweeteners such as sugar, agave nectar, maple syrup & coconut sugar


Vegan doesn’t mean healthy!


Vegans can also eat ANYTHING that doesn’t contain animal derivatives such as vegan donuts, french fries, and vegan cheese.


Although mock meats, processed foods, and oreos (yep, they’re vegan!) can be a great transition food they do not boast health properties.


This article by PETA shows the Top 20 accidental vegan foods 


What foods can you NOT eat on a vegan diet?


  1. meat 
  2. poultry
  3. Fish including shellfish
  4. dairy (butter, cream, milk)
  5. eggs
  6. animal by products such as honey, beeswax, gelatine & rennet 


Can you eat honey if you are a vegan?


No, honey is an animal by product and has ethical and environmental implications.


You can read all about honey here. 


Can you eat bread on a vegan diet?


Bread such as brioche is made with butter and eggs and are not suitable for vegans. Commercial supermarket bread can also contain whey (milk) and eggs although many are not which is why it’s so important to read labels.


Freshly baked bread usually contain the ingredients they are supposed to such as flour, salt, yeast and water are vegan-friendly.


How do you get protein on a vegan diet?


Protein is found in nearly every plant food and should never be a cause of concern. Who do you know that has suffered a protein deficiency?…..I’m still waiting. 😄


For high protein plant foods see this post here link other post.


What is a plant based diet?


Plant-based or whole food plant based (WFPB for short) is a diet that consists of whole plant foods.


Unlike a vegan diet, people who choose to go plant-based usually do it for health reasons and so avoid any processed plant foods.


What can you eat on a plant-based diet?


  1. wholegrains
  2. beans & lentils
  3. fruits 
  4. vegetables
  5. nuts, seeds, avocado, cold pressed oils
  6. superfoods
  7. natural sweeteners such a raw honey, maple syrup & coconut sugar


What can you NOT eat on a plant-based diet?


Depending on how strict a person decides to be but plant-based foodies usually avoid or limit the following.


  • Refined sugar
  • any processed foods
  • additives & preservatives
  • gluten


Is honey plant based?


Yes, although a good quality raw honey is normally used.


Commercial honey that you find in supermarkets is processed and usually doesn’t even contain much if any honey!


Is peanut butter plant based?


Yes, but aim to pick a brand that doesn’t contain sugars, oils, and additives such as this amazing one YUM!


What are the benefits?


TOO many to list here.


SUGGESTED POST: 10 life changing benefits of going vegan that will blow your mind


What is the difference between vegetarian and vegan?


Vegetarians avoid all animal flesh such as meat and fish but still eat eggs and dairy. 


Do you lose weight on a vegan diet?


Since going vegan myself (along with SO many others) I have absolutely lost weight…and easily! 


I no longer count calories or limit my portions and I am leaner than ever. 


Note that I follow a whole foods, no oil, vegan diet. 


You can learn more about how I can help you to lose weight here.


SUGGESTED POST: – How to lose weight on a vegan diet: 10 powerful tips


I hope that clears things up a bit, being vegan or plant based can feel quite confusing in the beginning but once you get the hang of things I promise theres no going back!


Are you plant based or are you vegan and why did you chose to do it? Let me know in the comments below!


The following two tabs change content below.


Hi, I’m Lizzie! I help busy mums lose weight, increase energy, and raise healthy kids on a plant-based lifestyle.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge