There is a lot of confusion between plant-based diet and veganism. We are here to clarify a few things and help you understand the key differences between veganism vs plant-based diet.

Plant-Based Diet

People who choose to follow a plant-based lifestyle tend to be more health-conscious.

A plant-based diet is a diet that consists of the only plant-derived food such as vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits. Just like vegans, those who follow a plant-based diet avoid eating meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey.

The motivations for a plant-based diet is usually due to being health conscious. Those who follow this diet usually focus on healthy food such as whole grains, organic fruits and organic vegetables and avoid processed and packaged food whenever possible.

Followers of this diet tend to promote the message of eating a plant-based diet can not only prevent and treat but also reverse most common and deadly diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.


Vegan is strictly against animal products in every form whereas a plant-based diet is not necessarily restricting about wearing or using animal products. But they both agree on excluding all animal and animal byproducts in the form of food which is where the majority of animal exploitation occurs.

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Vegans are more focus on animal rights and spreading the message of veganism. Although their diet is similar to those who follow a plant-based diet they tend to consume highly processed meat and dairy replacements e.g. vegan cheese, vegan burgers etc.  

Plant-Based Lifestyle

There is also a plant-based lifestyle where the health-conscious plant-based diet is followed along with avoiding all animal products in clothing etc. but without the activism of veganism. Followers of a plant-based lifestyle often promote health benefits without animal rights activism.

Those who are plant-based argue that they can end up saving more animals by not consuming processed and packaged food as well as reducing the use of avoidable medication by living a healthy life.


People who follow a plant-based diet is centred around the diet and usually focused on health, whereas veganism is a lifestyle that focuses on animal welfare. Although both groups avoid eating animals, there is a difference in their food choices and lifestyle. In both cases, the end result is the minimization of animal exploitation.