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#1 Old 10-29-2019, 12:12 PM
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Question "Plant-based" vs. the "V" word

What is the deal with vegetarian/vegan products now promoting themselves as "plant based"? Is the "V" word (whether "vegetarian" or "vegan") now considered offensive?
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#2 Old 11-01-2019, 06:39 PM
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What is the deal with vegetarian/vegan products now promoting themselves as "plant based"? Is the "V" word (whether "vegetarian" or "vegan") now considered offensive?


This isn't anything new. The word "vegetarian" has long been associated (falsely or correctly) with a certain set of social/political beliefs. The term "plant-based" is more neutral.
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This isn't anything new. The word "vegetarian" has long been associated (falsely or correctly) with a certain set of social/political beliefs. The term "plant-based" is more neutral.
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Unfortunately there isn't any real parameters for the term 'plant based'. It can mean anything from no animal products, to from what I've heard, egg or other animal based product. Just "mostly" plants. Doesn't make a bit of sense.

With all these documentaries coming out, scaring people with exagerrated claims, as well as those that are perfectly well researched, more people are interested in this way of eating without a care about ethics. A lot of people are looking down at vegans for consuming processed foods

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#4 Old 11-03-2019, 06:12 AM
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I have to agree that "plant based" has no real meaning in consumer products -- rather like "natural". As mentioned, but worth reiterating, it can mean anything from mostly plants to vegan. I think it's a marketing tool designed to trick people into thinking something is vegetarian or vegan when it's not.

I have a friend whose diet is plant-based. She still eats meat, but compared to her former eating habits, it's minimal. She's added a lot of vegetables and fruits (a lot!). Meat is almost (but not quite) a complement to her meals, rather than the focus. So, yes, I'd say her diet is plant-*based*, but not vegetarian. I'm confident she'll move into vegetarianism or veganism at some point.

I'm not a fan of ill- or un-defined words and phrases. They're tricky at best and outright lies at worst.
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A Plant Based diet has no meat including any kind of seafood, and no dairy products. Anyone eating meat or dairy is not eating a “plant based” diet. Further, most plant based dieters do not eat processed foods for the most part, including processed oils. In my mind the Plant Based dieters are true vegetarians.


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A Plant Based diet has no meat including any kind of seafood, and no dairy products. Anyone eating meat or dairy is not eating a “plant based” diet.
As others have also pointed out, "plant-based" has no real meaning except that which people choose to impart. I've seen products that proclaim they're "plant-based" but include gelatin, various animal fats and other things.

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Further, most plant based dieters do not eat processed foods for the most part, including processed oils.
I've never heard this, at all, ever, in my 30+ years as a vegetarian-->vegan. Perhaps it's true of health veg*ns, but not necessarily of ethical veg*ns. I suppose there's a distinction to be made between "dieters" and those whose entire lifestyles are kindness-based.
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