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Vegan vs Keto: Which Diet is Right for Me?

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Vegan and keto diets have both soared in popularity in recent years, but how do they differ and which diet is best for your individual health and wellbeing goals?


Let’s take an in-depth look at vegan vs keto to find out.


Vegan vs Keto: What’s the Difference?


Any diet involves eliminating particular foods or food groups, so vegan and keto diets share some similarities in this way. However, there are also some important differences between the two.


Vegan Diet


A vegan diet eliminates all animal products and by-products. This includes the likes of meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey and gelatine.


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You may want to choose to follow a vegan diet for animal welfare or environmental reasons, while there can also be nutritional benefits associated with eating more plant-based, organic ingredients.


Keto Diet


The goal of a keto diet is to put your body into a state known as ketosis, where it breaks down fat, using this as an energy source instead of carbs.


A keto diet should consist of 70-80% fats, 20-25% protein and 5-10% carbohydrates.


Because of this ratio, you’ll need to count your macronutrients (macros) when you’re following a keto diet, so you’ll need to be on top of tracking your food intake.


What You Can Eat on a Vegan Diet


A typical vegan diet is centred around:


  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds, including almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts
  • Bread
  • Grains
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Vegetable oils
  • Legumes, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas
  • Dairy-free alternatives, such as soy milk, coconut milk or almond milk


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Although legumes can be a great source of protein, it can be a challenge to get all of the protein you need when following a vegan diet, which is why many people choose to incorporate vegan protein powder into their routine.

Vegan Supplements


Garden of Life vegan protein powders are 100% plant-based and organic, made using whole food ingredients and are available in a choice of flavours, making them a great addition to protein pancakes, porridge, overnight oats, shakes or smoothies.



Another nutrient that it can be harder to get enough of as a vegan is vitamin B12, which our bodies can’t produce by themselves, but naturally occurs in animal products.


Our raspberry-flavoured Organics Vitamin B12 Spray is a vegan vitamin B12 supplement that makes it easy to boost your vitamin B12 intake, without needing to compromise your values.


What to Eat on a Keto Diet


Keto-friendly foods include:


  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Dark Chocolate (look for at least 70% cocoa content)
  • Kale
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Olives
  • Sausages
  • Seafood
  • Spinach
  • Turkey


keto-friendly meal


On a keto diet, you should avoid sugary and starchy foods, including bread, rice, potatoes, chocolate, cakes, sweets and fruit juice.

Keto Supplements


At Garden of Life, we have a range of keto-friendly supplements, designed to support you while you’re following a keto diet.


Our Keto All-in-One Shake is made using grass-fed whey protein and features a balanced ratio of protein, fat and carbs. Available in Vanilla and Chocolate flavours, it’s designed to be used in shakes, smoothies or baking recipes.



Our range of keto supplements also includes our Keto Fit Powder and Keto Organic Grass Fed Butter Powder, which is a good source of healthy fats.



Learn more about achieving ketosis here:


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2020-02-05 14:57:00By Garden of Life

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