The popularity of plant-based diets has been growing exponentially over the last decade. More and more people are looking to lower or eradicate, their reliance on animal-based products for a number of reasons, such as animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and health. If you are looking to make the change (or already have) to alleviate your inflammation, this week’s On Trend series is for you! In this session, I am looking at defining plant-based diets to see if they help or hinder your anti-inflammatory goals.
A plant-based diet is an umbrella term that refers to the following diet lifestyles:
A vegan diet contains no animal-based products at all. This means no meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, or honey. Any protein sources are derived from plant-based products such as pulses, beans, nuts and soy.
A vegetarian diet does not contain any meat, poultry or fish, but does contain animal-based products such as dairy, eggs, and honey.
Other plant-based diets
Those that follow a plant-based diet consume mainly fruits, vegetables, plant-based proteins, and whole grains, with animal-based products playing a less substantial role when compared to a typical western diet. Examples of such diets are the