Some Say the Pegan Diet — a Hybrid of Paleo and Vegan — Will be the Next Big Thing

There’s a new trendy diet in town, folks – the pegan diet. 

The word pegan has seen a 337 percent increase in searches on Pinterest since last year and has seen a steady climb in searches within the last six months.

It was born when Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times best-selling author, coined the term – a mashup of paleo and vegan –  in a blog post that detailed his own diet.

What is a pegan diet?

In short, a pegan diet incorporates pieces of the paleo and vegan diets.

A vegan diet is refraining from eating all animal products or byproducts – no meat, eggs, cheese, yogurt and sometimes gelatin. A paleo diet is a nutritional plan that mimics how people used to eat in the Paleolithic era 2.5 million years ago. So dieters eat unprocessed foods consisting mostly of vegetables, fruits, nuts, grass-fed meats and fish.

How does pegan differ from vegan and paleo diets?

Although vegan and paleo diets may seem like they’re at odds – one advocates for removing dairy, meat and fish while the other encourages eating meat and fish – the root of both of those lifestyles is ultimately the same: eating whole foods and plants.

The purpose of the pegan diet is to get people to eat whole foods that are fresh and organic and increase their vegetable intake.

There’s also an emphasis on the quality of foods you’re eating – the pegan diet encourages participants to eat organic products.

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SOURCE: Rasha Ali, USA TODAY