If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered if there’s any difference between vegan and plant-based diets? Hmm… Maybe this on trend plant-based diet is just good old-fashioned veganism but with better branding? That must be it. Spoiler alert: they’re pretty darn similar but have a few key differences. And yes, we’re talking real differences—not just marketing or public opinion differences.
Starting with the easy part, what’s similar?Alright Sherlock, you guessed it. Both plant-based and vegan diets include a commitment to eating a diet that eliminates animal products. That means excluding meat, fish, eggs, dairy, gelatin, and any other animal byproducts from one’s diet. So, with either diet, your marine and furry friends thank you!
Okay, so what are the differences?
Firstly, veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle that steps well beyond the confines of food. Vegan (n): a person who does not eat or use animal products. Keyword: use. Vegans can’t use leather, fur, wool, or even honey (derived from insects). Many toiletries are derived from animal byproducts and also must be eliminated. This is different than someone following a plant-based diet, who might use/wear animal derived products.
Additionally, a plant-based diet places greater emphasis on eating whole fruits, veggies, grains, and legumes. Thus, some products that might be considered “vegan”, like the proudly pro-GMO, Soylent, are not eligible for consumption under a plant-based diet. Here’s why (and this is where things get a bit technical):
- For a product to claim Certified Vegan status, the GMO requirements for qualification is: “Products must contain no known animal-derived GMOs.” Thus, veganism allows plant-derived-GMO’s such as, high fructose corn syrup or soy protein.
- Contrastingly, for a product to meet the Certified Plant-Based Protocol, these same plant-derived-GMO’s would be capped to less than 5% (by weight) of the overall product formula.
Therefore, the plant-based requirements are stricter than the vegan label claim when it comes to the handling of GMOs. On the flip side, veganism is stricter than a plant-based diet regarding the elimination of animal products from all aspects of one’s life—not just in the dietary realm. Of course, both diets share the same founding principle to eliminate animal products from the diet.
And, yes, Dosely is All-Of-The-Above! Meaning all Dosely products are 100% plant-based, non-GMO, vegan, and allergen free. And of course, we never test on animals.
So whether you’re a lifelong vegan or just thinking about trying out Meatless Monday’s for the first time, go ahead and drop some knowledge on your friends the next time you’re deciphering a restaurant’s menu or product’s label.