When you are looking for the different types of diets available, you likely get confused. There are just so many, and they all contradict each other. There are some that will tell you meats are bad and others that tell you it is not the meat but the grains you are eating. Then you get others that tell you everything except the raw food is bad.
Just what are you supposed to believe? Well,it is not easy to tell you that. There is research that supports so much. What we can do is help you tell the difference between some of the diets.
Knowing the difference will help you decide if something is right for you. If you are trying to choose the raw vegan and paleo diets, we can help.
At first, the two diets can look similar: they both cut out grains, right? Well, when you look at the details you will see that they could not be more different. In fact, the raw vegan diet allows some grains, as long as you eat them raw! The differences are significant in many aspects, and here are seven of those differences between the raw vegan and paleo diets.
Paleo Diets Support Eating Meat and Other Animal Products
The raw vegan diet cuts out all animal products. Even wearing animal products is considered wrong. You can have eggs, any types of meat, dairy products and more. It does not matter if you are not killing animals to get the products (which is where vegetarians draw the line). All types of animal products are completely off the menu.
This is not the case for the paleo diet. The paleo diet will support the eating of animal products. Anything that was eaten in the Palaeolithic period is considered good for the diet. It is the diet of our ancestors. If they survived on meat and eggs, then why shouldn’t we? It is the way our bodies have developed.
With the paleo diet, you need to consider what a hunter/gatherer would eat. This is anything that they could gain from scavenging, hunting, killing and more. They ate to survive and would eat the food the best way they could.
The raw vegan diet does not look at food like this. Vegans tend to consider the life of the animal and the way animals are treated. Thisis not the case for all vegans, but for a lot of them.
This is the major difference between the two diets. The rest of the differences are quite big, but nothing as fundamental as this one.
Raw Vegan Focuses on Organic Foods
When you follow the paleo diet, you are encouraged to eat absolutely anything that the hunter/gatherer would eat. Not only does this include animal products, but it will also include all types of fruit, vegetables, and other foods. The only type of food that tends to be avoided on both diets entirely are grains (and anything from the agricultural stages of life).
There isn’t this focus on eating organic foods only on the paleo diet. It does not matter how the fruit and vegetables are grown. Of course, this is not the case for everyone. There are probably some on the paleo diet which will only opt for organic, but this is not pushed as much as with other diets.
The raw vegan diet has a focus that organically is best. It isimportant to avoid the pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, and other products that are added to fruits and vegetables. You want to get as pure as possible.
This is not always the case. It can be expensive, and not all non-organic foods are full of chemicals. However, a lot are. If you cannot get your food organic from the grocery store, there is an encouragement to go elsewhere. Talk to the farmers directly, go to local markets, or grow your own!
The raw vegan diet encourages you to cut out the toxic substances. There is a focus on living a healthier lifestyle throughout and not just for the sake of the animals. The focus is on putting your overall health first.
That being said, this difference is not the case for all people on the paleo diet. Plenty of people focus on organic as much as possible. Just because the diet allows for bacon fried in fat does not mean that it’s good for them! It does not mean they are going to follow that way of life. This is often a personal choice, but it is a difference between the basics of the two diets.
The Paleo Diet Encourages the Cooking of Food
One big giveaway about the raw vegan diet is in the name. The focus is on food that is raw. This means eating it uncooked and untreated. This is not the case for the paleo diet. There is the encouragement of eating the food anyway you want. As long as you stick to the allowed foods on the diet’s list, you can enjoy it whichever way you would like.
Cooking the food can lead to not getting as many minerals and vitamins. Sure, eating a paleo lifestyle is better than continually focusing on grains. There are far more minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients within the fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, and other ingredients allowed on the paleo diet than in a normal, everyday diet. However, you will lose a lot of those nutrients through cooking.
Some nutrients, especially the B vitamins, are water soluble. This means they break down into the water and you lose them. If you are going to boil the food that has water soluble vitamins and minerals, then you are going to lose them.
With the raw vegan diet, you get everything the way nature intended it. The food is consumed with minimal cooking and adaptation. Some foods can taste better slightly cooked, but there is the encouragement to eat as much of it raw as possible.
The raw diet can seem a little boring at first. Does it mean you are stuck with pieces of fruits and salads all the time? This is not quite the case. You will be surprised at the way that you can consume the food on a daily basis. Many recipes are exciting and nourishing at the same time.
Getting the right type of nutrients is essential for a healthy body. The raw vegan diet has shown excellent benefits for fighting cancer, illnesses, autoimmune disorders and more. While the paleo diet has shown some benefits, it has not shown as many.
The Raw Vegan Diet Encourages Nutrients Naturally
Can’t you get your missing nutrients through the use of supplements? Sure, but this is not the raw vegan lifestyle. The encouragement is to get your nutrients naturally as much as possible. The only reason you may choose to take supplements is if your doctor has highly recommended them or prescribed them due to a deficiency that your diet is not replacing. This could be due to an autoimmune disorder, for example.
The paleo lifestyle does notentirely remove supplements from the menu. Some people will even take protein powders, despite them not being paleo! They want to get the extra nutrients because they know their diet is not supporting them fully.
Supplements may be beneficial if you have a deficiency, but they are not as good as the real deal. It is unclear on everything that is added to them, even if they are recommended and approved by the FDA. The nutrients can say that they come from natural sources, but then you look at the ingredients and see words that you just don’t understand.
There can be chemicals, and toxins added that you do not fully realize. When you opt for the raw vegan diet, you know that you will get all (unless you have to take supplements) of your nutrients through natural forms.
There is a worry that you will be deficient in some nutrients. This will depend on the foods that you eat. Legumes and nuts are considered good on the raw vegan diet and will often replace your animal products with protein, vitamin A, and other similar nutrients. It is important to tell your doctor if you are following the raw vegan diet to make sure you are not deficient in nutrients.
The Paleo Diet Offers More Protein
Let’s not overlook the nutrients right now. There’s no denying that the paleo diet offers far more protein than the raw vegan diet. It is a major difference that has many people deciding on the raw vegan diet. They do not want to eat legumes and nuts and just hope that they get enough of this necessary macronutrient.
If you are immuno-suppressed, you will want to consider the amount of protein you get. Those who get more protein are less likely to suffer from issues linked to their autoimmune or suppressed immune conditions. Studies have shown that protein is an essentialnutrient for people who have conditions like lupus, cancer, HIV, and other diseases that affect the immune system.
The best way to get complete proteins is through meat and other animal products. While there is some non-animal product complete proteins (the ones that contain all amino acids),they are not fully raw vegan-friendly. You will need to consume soy and quinoa, which isn’t the easiest to consume without cooking or preparing in some way!
That being said, you can opt for different types of vegan diet. You get the best of both worlds: the organic, non-animal product way of life without the serious issue of possible protein deficiencies.
Just because you want to follow the paleo diet, also doesn’t mean you have to consume meats that are considered relatively unhealthy. You can pick and choose, consuming more oily fish and chicken, rather than fatty red meats and bottom-feeder shrimps. It is possible to make healthier choices without worrying about the damage to your health.
Raw Vegans Are Less Likely to Suffer Cardiovascular Problems
While speaking about fatty meats, raw vegans are less likely to suffer the complications from blocked arteries and other cardiovascular problems. While the diet has less protein, it also has less saturated fats. This is not always the case, as some vegetables and fruits have some saturated fats, but they are mostly made up of unsaturated fats.
Paleo eaters are more likely to consume red meats that are full of unhealthy fats. They are more likely to have a diet that is high in bad cholesterol, which leads to poor arteries that affect the blood flow. The blood pressure is more likely to be high, putting people at risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Raw vegan diets focus on sustaining the heart health. The unsaturated fats have more good cholesterol levels. These cholesterols help to line the arteries with a smooth layer, protecting the vessels and letting the blood flow through easily. There are fewer risks of clogging, and that means lower risk of the associated diseases and conditions.
That being said, paleo eaters are not necessarily going to have these health problems. Just because they are encouraged to eat any, and all animal products do not mean they are going to. Plenty of people will consume more healthy fats and fewer bad cholesterol-laden foods.
Raw Vegans Can Eat Some Grains
Some grains are still allowed on the raw vegan diet. It is worth remembering that the diet is all about eating raw foods that are vegan-friendly. Grains can fall into this category, and cereal grains are among the most popular. In fact, vegans rely on cereal grains for some essential nutrients.
The paleo diet does not support the use of any grains that were around during the Palaeolithic period. This can offer some health benefits. Grains have been linked to more inflammation within the body, especially within the gut. They have been linked to more bad bacteria growing, which affects the immune system and causes some chronic illnesses.
While the vegan diet can claim to be healthier by cutting out the animal products and unhealthy fats, there is no denying that the grains can be a negative part of the diet. The paleo diet includes foods that are natural probiotics, helping to increase the number of good bacteria within the gut and supporting the immune system.
So, Which Diet Is Right for You?
Quite honestly, it can be difficult to choose between the two diets. They both have their pros and cons, and research supports both points of views. While there are similarities, there are just too many major differences to be able to compare their benefits side by side. You will need to consider what you want to gain from your diet and why you are making a lifestyle choice.