Plant-based diets are comprised of meals made predominately from a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, and nuts, with minimal amounts of processed foods. Many professional organizations recommend a plant-based diet to help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and obesity. This is because such a diet is usually high in fiber and low in fat.

Many times, modest amounts of meat are included in a plant-based diet, so it is not synonymous with a vegetarian diet. However, the bulk of the diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Lenore Hodges

Internet Resources

American Dietetic Association, Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group. "Articles on Vegetarian Nutrition." Available from <>

Seventh-day Adventist Dietetic Association. "Plant-Based Diets: Fact and Fiction." Available from http:/