Here are a couple facts as discussed in the Certificate of Plant Based Nutrition. Nutritional Fundamentals. by Ronald Lemay
Science supports the premise that there are no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better obtained by plant-based foods.
Here are some examples, additional to those below, to support this premise:
• Animal-based foods do not have antioxidants; plants have a natural and rich supply of antioxidants.
• Cholesterol is only found in animal-based foods; we do not need to consume it because we produce it.
• Fiber is only available in plant-based foods; it is not found in animal-based foods. Fiber as a part of our diet is necessary for an optimal digestive process.
• Saturated fats are almost exclusively found in animal-based foods. The greater the saturation, the greater chance they are solid in room temperature. Fats solid at room temperature cause health issues.
• Animal-based foods are low in water due to the cooking process that is generally mandatory in their preparation. Plant-based diets have the option of being eaten raw – fruits and vegetable (salads).
• Animal-based protein is associated with tumor growth promotion; plant-based protein is not associated with tumor growth promotion according to The China Study.
• There are no carbohydrates in most animal-based foods: chicken, turkey, beef, tuna, and shrimp have no carbohydrates; this forces the body to convert protein and fat to carbohydrates which is an unnecessary task for the body. Plant-based diets are predominant in carbohydrates: calorie per calorie, as per the USDA database, apples are 95% carbohydrates, bananas are 93% carbohydrates, and Navel oranges are 91% carbohydrates – simple carbohydrates.
Literally speaking, a plant-based diet does not seem to differ from ‘being vegan’ because a vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal products, and a plant-based diet is described as: of a product from plants (e.g., vegetables, fruits, legumes), as plant-based food) although a plant “based” diet may include small amount of animal products but is largely based in plant foods.
Other insights on plant based diets vs animal based diet.
> A plant based, “nutrient rich”, whole foods diet, vs a vegan diet (which may not be based on whole foods).