What is truly healthy food and what is the difference between a vegetarian, vegan, and a whole food plant based diet?
Unaware and uninformed about the fact that food not of animal origin is not automatically healthy food, a large number of people, wishing to improve their health, stops eating food of animal origin replacing it with almost equally harmful processed plant based food. Nevertheless, there are also many people who believe that there are healthy kinds of meats.
Contradicting information and sensational claims are leaving people confused. The public follows trends and generally, without thorough examination, believes what the media publishes. Because of this, if you really wish to improve your health and diet, it is important that you inform yourself about what truly healthy food is and what is the difference between a vegetarian, vegan, and a whole food plant based diet.
Many people think that healthy food includes some types of meat such as fish, white chicken, and organic meat. But considering that the World Health Organization has officially declared meat as a Group 1 carcinogen, considering that fish contains mercury and a large amount of toxic materials that it daily soaks up from the oceans during its multi-year lifespan, and considering that Eskimos who predominantly consume meat including fish have an average lifespan of 68 years and double the mortality from strokes than other populations, meat is no longer a controversy.
We humans can survive on raw and cooked meat, but our bodies are designed to thrive only on a plant based diet. The scientific world has undeniably proven that all types of meat are harmful to human health, but why this information is not massively reaching people is another matter. So meat cannot in any way be considered a healthy food. Moving on.
Vegetarians don’t eat meat, but many of them eat little whole fruits, legumes, greens, nuts, and they regularly consume eggs and dairy products whose nutritional content is not much different from that of meat. Cholesterol, saturated fat, problematic animal protein, and all other harmful substances that come with meat also come with eggs and dairy products. And because of that, not all, but many vegetarians, when it comes to nutrition, are not much different from meat eaters who regularly consume fruits and vegetables.
However, even many vegans are not much different from those vegetarians and meat eaters because a majority of their diet consists of highly processed food full of vegetable oils, added salt, and added sugar without fiber such as fake meat, vegan cheese, white bread, white rice, vegan chocolates and cookies, chips, salted snacks, fresh squeezed juice, carbonated drinks, and many other things.
Vegan food by definition only means food that does not contain animal products, and this does not automatically make it healthy because it only tells you what it doesn’t contain, but not what it also contains. Because of this, when someone tells you that they are on a vegan diet, take into account that it’s possible that they might be eating harmful food most of the time. But if vegan food does not automatically mean healthy food, then what is a true healthy food and how can you tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy food?
Easy, go one step further and you’ll come to the only diet that has ever been irrefutably proven to prevent, stop, and reverse the leading causes of death: a Whole Food Plant Based Diet.
A Whole Food Plant Based Diet means a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, mushrooms, greens that are eaten whole, chopped, steamed, boiled, fried on water, or even blended, but not freshly squeezed, devoid of fiber, fried in oil, or processed with added sugar, vegetable oil, salt, or additives.
Most people who start eating a whole food plant based diet, within a month, start feeling changes in every aspect of their life – physical, mental, and energetic. They begin to feel that “something is happening“. Some transformation. Their skin, eyes, and spirit start transforming. To something like the ancestors from Gondwana and Lemuria.
So, all the food items that are included in the main picture of this article harm the body and fall under unhealthy food that does not love your body. They harm even in moderation, it just depends how moderately they harm and contribute to diseases. Cancer, diabetes, loss of vision, atherosclerosis, erectile dysfunction don’t form overnight, but take years and decades during which the pancreas, liver, kidneys, eye lens, arteries, and the heart excessively work and silently scream while they can, but when they, years and decades later, can no longer keep up, that’s when the symptoms appear.
Nevertheless, the important thing you should know is that a person can consume absolutely everything in the first picture of this article while consuming almost no whole fruit and vegetables and call themselves a vegetarian and that a person can consume all things in the first picture starting from chocolate and on while consuming almost no whole fruit and vegetables and call themselves a vegan. That is simply not healthy.
So, if you really wish to improve your health and diet, then strive to make as much of your day-to-day diet centered around a whole food plant based diet and consume as few animal and processed plant products as possible. And that doesn’t mean that the only option you have is to get rid of everything or nothing. No. The important thing is the foundation of your diet. And it is almost impossible to avoid some of the things in the picture when you are out in the city, visiting friends, or traveling. The most important thing is that you know what loves you, what doesn’t love you, and that you mostly consume things that love you – water, tea, cocoa, and a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, mushrooms, and greens.
And if you wish to switch to a whole food plant based diet, check out this Practical guide to a plant based diet. The power is in you.