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What Is a Plant-Based Diet & Is It the Same as Being Vegan?

Looking to improve your health? Explore what a plant-based diet is and tips to help you get started.

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In This Article:

  • A plant-based diet allows you to meet your nutritional needs by focusing on natural, minimally processed plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
  • If followed correctly, a plant-based diet limits the use of added sugars, oils and processed foods, leaving only whole foods to provide nutrition. Additional benefits include the prevention of chronic diseases.
  • It’s possible to be both vegan and plant-based. Many people adopt a plant-based diet after experiencing significant health benefits or for other reasons like limiting their negative impact on the environment.

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