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The Epic Food Fight:
Plants Versus Paleo

Plant-Based Versus Paleo

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My guess is there are a few people out there trying to lose weight at the moment. And while hitting the gym is a great idea, weight is lost in the kitchen, meaning it’s what you eat (and don’t eat) that matters most when dropping poundage.

For the last few years, there have been two dominant and seemingly hostile tribes when it comes to the best way to eat. In one corner, we’ve got plant-based advocates. Snarling at the other side of the ring are the paleo proponents.

Let’s take a quick look at both approaches.

“Plant-based” is often seen as a clever rebranding of vegan, but that’s not correct. I can eat nothing but Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups, french fries, and Twizzlers to qualify as vegan. I just wouldn’t qualify as healthy, or an adult.

Veganism is all about what you don’t eat, namely animal products of any kind. Plant-based commonly means you don’t eat those things as well, but your diet is fundamentally powered by vegetables and fruits, not Twizzlers.

“Paleo” refers to a diet based on what our pre-agricultural ancestors ate, which means no grains, legumes, and dairy products. You can, however, eat plenty of meat and eggs.

The Paleo approach is often lumped in with other “low carb” diets, such as Atkins, where copious amounts of red meat beco

 

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