Millions of Dr. Axe followers learn the truth about the commonly used buzzword “plant-based” as Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS explains in this article that it doesn’t equate to being healthy or sustainable. After all, potato chips and sugary cereals fall under the plant-based category, while Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, often believed to be unhealthy, is non-GMO and one of the healthier oils on the planet.

Bowden highlights the misconception that plant-based products are better for the environment compared with animal products. He reveals the product that currently produces the highest amount of greenhouse gases isn’t an animal product at all, it’s cereal grains. A country’s agricultural practices also help define sustainability, with Malaysia having “some of the world’s best environmentally friendly agricultural practices.” Bowden goes on to explain why “plant-based” cannot be used interchangeably with “vegan” and why paleo is considered a plant-based diet.

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