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Is there a difference between "vegan" and "plant-based"?

The term vegan was intended by those who coined it to encompass lifestyles that respect non-human animals and refrain from any exploitation of them. From The Vegan Society history page Although the ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

Okinawa Japanese is one of the populations with the longest life span. Their average life span is 77 for men and 86 for women. They eat to 80% fullness and rely very heavily on whole unrefined plants. ...
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How would a widespread plant-based diet influence the maximum sustainable human population on earth?

The 2013-study "Redefining agricultural yields: from tonnes to people nourished per hectare" by Cassidy et al. from the University of Minnesota investigates this question. The authors state that ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

Some Neanderthals in Spain have been found to have consumed zero animal products. The theory is that since they lived inside forests there was plently of roots, mushrooms, nuts and fruits thus no ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

I wouldn't be very surprised if it was. In the history of mankind, the ability to sustain something as big as a culture by purely plant-based means would not be the easiest way of doing things and ...
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How would a widespread plant-based diet influence the maximum sustainable human population on earth?

I did a report on vegetarianism in college, and back then-- when I had access to a university library-- I found that we would increase our global food supply by at least 40%, enough to sustain another ...
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How Long Have People Called Plant Milk "Milk"?

I don't know about thousands of years, but in the Middle Ages in Europe almond milk was used as a substitute for milk on religious fast days, such as Fridays and during Lent, when drinking real milk ...
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Do vegans need to eat more? Plant-based diets, digestion speed, & nutritional density

It really depends on which foods are we talking about. The variety of vegan foods is very large. There are several thousands of plants and vegan products that you may consume, they all have different ...
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Do vegans need to eat more? Plant-based diets, digestion speed, & nutritional density

On a weight basis, plant-based foods (especially whole foods) generally have: โœ… more vitamins โœ… more minerals โœ… more dietary fibre โœ… more water ๐Ÿ”ป less calories ๐Ÿ”ป less protein ๐Ÿ”ป less fat Some ...
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What 1 plant has the widest nutritional value over all other plants in the world?

Sweet potatoes. They are so nutritious that it makes up between 70 to 90 percent of the total calorie intake of longest living populations around the world like Okinawa Japanese, Papua New Guinea ...
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Which "fake meats" are most nutritionally similar to meat of animal origin?

This Wikipedia article is worth reading Complete protein. In particular, this quote: "In fact, the highest PDCAAS scores are not given to commonly eaten meat products, but rather to animal-derived ...
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Is it true that no traditional culture ever subsisted on a pure plant-based diet?

It is definitely not true "that a plant-based diet never sustained any traditional culture." St. Jerome gives numerous examples of cultures in antiquity who abstained from eating flesh in ...
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Is there convincing RCT research showing a plant-based diet can reverse or reduce the risk of serious diseases when compared to a "healthy" omni diet?

Adventists Health Study 2 The study explores the links between lifestyle, diet and disease among Seventh-day Adventists. It started in 2001 and is still ongoing. Why adventists ? Seventh-day ...
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How Long Have People Called Plant Milk "Milk"?

Sri Lanka Coconut milk has been a staple here for over a thousand years, (the Buddha visited here 2500 years ago), the Sinhala language dates from that time. The Sinhala word for milk is เถšเท’เถปเท’, (kiri). ...
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Are vegans less susceptible to infectious diseases?

Yes According to this abstract, the answer seems to be Yes (vegans are less susceptible to infectious diseases): Vegetarians have low rates of viral diseases. Vegetarians have less HPV (Human ...
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What 1 plant has the widest nutritional value over all other plants in the world?

This is an impossible question to answer, as no plant contains everything that you need. Here's a few remarkable ones though. Sweet Potato - High on a very large spectrum of nutriments. Avocado - One ...
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What 1 plant has the widest nutritional value over all other plants in the world?

There are many different important qualities found in foods, and no food provides all of them. So it's impossible to say that there is any single "best" food, and that's why it is essential to eat a ...
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From a pure personal health perspective how bad are some non strictly vegan/vegetarian products?

First off: bravo for choosing to go vegan. This choice is absolutely great for animals and the environment! There is a big difference between being vegan and being plant-pased, which I will try to ...
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