It wasn’t too long ago that people just ate what they ate, but at some point we complicated diet and it starting moving all over the place. Some people ate only fruit or raw food, they cut out meat and dairy or ate based on religion like the macrobiotic diet that originated from food eaten by Zen Buddhist.
Some people feel it’s too limiting to label yourself into a “diet” category, but for clarification purposes, I’ve included a few of the terms used surrounding eating a plant-based diet.
The important point is to not worry if you fit into a label. The science says to eat as many fruits and vegetables on a plant-based diet, as possible, if you want to maintain health or reverse disease. You can do that in any way you find works for you.
Plant-Based Diet Labels:
A nutritarian diet contains highly nutritious foods with a high percentage of micronutrients. A nutritarian does not exclusively eat plant foods, but eats a lot of high-nutrient, natural plant foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds, eats fewer animal products and chooses healthier options in this food group. Eats much less or almost no foods that are completely empty of nutrients or are toxic for the body, such as sugar, sweeteners, white flour, processed foods and greasy fast foods. The term was originated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
A plant-based diet includes an abundance of FRESH FRUITS and VEGETABLES, LEGUMES, WHOLE GRAINS, NUTS and SEEDS, but NO DAIRY or EGGS and very little or NO MEAT or PROCESSED OIL.
A vegetarian diet is the practice of following a plant-based diet (fruits, vegetables, etc.), with or without the inclusion of dairy products or eggs, and with the exclusion of meat. Abstention from by-proucts of animals, may also be practiced
A vegan diet does not include any meat, fish, poultry or dairy and often does not include use of other animal by-products such as honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, or cosmetics. A vegan diet might include dairy or meat substitutes like soy cheese and tofu granules.