Most traditional diets around the world since time immemorial have been largely plant-based.  This makes sense: most of the earth’s surface is covered with plants of one sort or another, and gathering plants is often easier – and more reliable – than hunting animals.

While the four traditional diets featured in Oldways’ work – Mediterranean, African Heritage, Asian and Latin-American – also include fish and occasional meat, plant foods are at the base of each of our pyramids. We’ve even created a separate Vegetarian / Vegan Diet Pyramid, to inspire people who want to increase their consumption of plant foods. 

Because so many of you today are exploring a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, we’ve created this special website section of our website for individuals, media, health professionals and others. We hope this information will help dispel myths and knock down barriers that interfere with eating more plant foods.