Plant-based diet

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A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy).[1][2][3]

It may refer to:

  • Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources. The term veganism refers to the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products for any reason.
  • Fruitarianism: a form of vegan diet, in which meals consist primarily of fruit.
  • Raw veganism: a form of vegan diet, in which food is uncooked or only dehydrated.
  • Vegetarianism: a plant-based diet that may include eggs, milk, and cheese.
  • Semi-vegetarianism: a plant-based diet with occasional inclusion of meat products.[4]
  • Macrobiotic diet: a plant-based diet with occasional seafood.
  • Nutritarian: a person who eats as many micronutrients per calorie as possible, primarily from vegetables and fresh fruits, and avoids processed foods. [5]
  • Starch-based diet: a plant-based diet deriving most of its calories from starchy vegetables, beans, and grains, and supplemented by other whole fruits and vegetables. [6]
  • SOS-Free: a diet that is free of sugar, oil and salt, and is an additional characteristic of many that follow a plant-based diet.

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  1. ^ Philip J Tuso, MD; Mohamed H Ismail, MD; Benjamin P Ha, MD; Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD. "Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets." The Permanente Journal (Kaiser Permanente). 2013 Spring; 17(2):61-66.
  2. ^ "The Plant Based Diet: A Healthier Way to Eat." Kaiser Permanente, 2013
  3. ^ "Kaiser Permanente Plant-Based Diet to Prevent and Reverse Disease,"Kaiser Permanente, August 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, p.317
  5. ^ Fuhrman, Joel (2003). Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. 
  6. ^ McDougall, John (1983). The McDougall Plan.