By Christine Byrne in Huffpost.
On the surface, a plant-based diet sounds simple. And although it’s been trending lately, the idea of eating “mostly plants” has been in the zeitgeist since Michael Pollan spelled it out in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” in 2006.
That said, anyone who has tried to move towards a plant-based diet knows that doing so isn’t quite as simple as it sounds.
A strict plant-based diet means eating no animal products (aka veganism), but not everything is black and white.
Obviously, a plant-based diet centres on plants: fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes. Strictly speaking, it excludes all animal products, including not only meat but eggs and dairy. Some people follow a more flexible plant-based diet that includes a little bit of meat and/or dairy, which isn’t technically a plant-based diet. But since both strict plant-based diets and more flexible ones are valid choices with proven health benefits, we’ll talk about both of them here.
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