As more and more people are cutting meat from their diet, interest in the plant-based diet is at its peak. Your favorite stars are going vegetarian, 70 percent of Oscar’s vegan menu after the party, the Golden Globes also decided to cut back on meat and chicken this year at their after party. Although what you eat is completely your choice, but it is important to know your diet completely well. Many times people confuse terms like herbal diet, vegetarian diet and vegan diet, and even use them interchangeably while talking. But there are big differences between each of these that you should consider before making the change.

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Contrary to popular perception, not all people who follow a plant-based diet eat only broccoli, kale, and spinach for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some people also include a small amount of animal products in their diet, but they mainly limit themselves to eating plant-based foods. Vegans, on the other hand, discard all animal products from their diet. In addition, vegans also tend to shape their lifestyle to avoid cruelty and animal suffering at all costs. In other words, vegans might be apprehensive when buying leather or beauty products made to harm animals. Vegans are also wary of the adverse environmental effects of animal products.

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In the United States, the plant-based food industry experienced a $ 3.3 billion sales increase in 2018 alone. So the next time you think about your diet and the proportion of food on your plate, make sure you’re well versed in the facts.

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