WTF is a Pegan Diet?

Kira Simpson

Plant-based diets are on the rise, and there are now so many names to describe the different eating choices, it’s easy to get lost.

Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, veganish, reducetarian, imperfect vegan, flexitarian, a level five vegan who won’t eat anything that casts a shadow. I thought I’d heard it all.

But now, it has come to my attention that there is a new diet in town.

You guys, WTF is a pegan diet??

WTF is a Pegan diet

here’s The lowdown

First introduced in 2015 by Dr. Mark Hyman, a pegan diet is a new approach to eating.

“It’s really simple. Eat foods low in sugar and starch. Eat lots of plant foods. If you’re going to eat animal foods, eat sustainably grown or harvested foods. Have foods that have lots of good fat, like nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocados.”

Basically the pegan diet merges the principles of the paleo lifestyle with elements of veganism, essentially picking the best bits of both and combining them to make a “brand new” diet with a cute name.

The rules

Eat five or more servings of vegetables, four servings of carbohydrates, three servings of proteins, two servings of healthy fats, and one dairy substitute every day.

Plus you need to cut out:

  • Sugar – I cannot condone this
  • Trans fats – say goodbye to anything good for a hangover
  • Gluten – so no more decent bread?
  • Dairy – fair call, cow farts are a big problem
  • Low-mercury – limit fish to once or twice a month
  • Minimal meat – finally something I can get behind

It sounds reasonable but isn’t this just eating healthy and mostly common sense? I’m sure heard this somewhere before.

Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.

Thanks Michael Pollan.

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability expert. She started The Green Hub as a blog in 2015, which has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education sites dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable lifestyle.