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][4]

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.[5]
  • 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. [6]
  • 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. [7]
  • 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.[8]

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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. ^ Phillip Tuso, MD, FACP, FASN; Scott R Stoll, MD; William W Li, MD."A Plant-Based Diet, Atherogenesis, and Coronary Artery Disease Prevention." The Permanente Journal (Kaiser Permanente). 2015 Winter; 19(1):November 24, 2014
  3. ^ "The Plant Based Diet: A Healthier Way to Eat." Kaiser Permanente, 2013
  4. ^ "Kaiser Permanente Plant-Based Diet to Prevent and Reverse Disease,"Kaiser Permanente, August 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, p.317
  6. ^ Fuhrman, Joel (2003). Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. 
  7. ^ Dr. John McDougall. "Dr. McDougall’s Color Picture Book: Food Poisoning: How to Cure It by Eating Beans, Corn, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice, etc.." John A. McDougall. June 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Jeff Novick, MS, RD, Is Your SOS Free Diet Really SOS Free? Identifying Hidden Sources of Salt/Sodium, Oil/Fat & Sugars/Sweeteners, July 31, 2013, Accessed November 8, 2014