More individuals than you may have ever thought of depend on plant-based diets rather than feeding on animals. According to PETA, 2.5% of residents in the US are vegans, and another 5% are vegetarians. It should be noted that a vegan doesn’t even consume eggs, dairy products, or any other product derived from animals.
Many celebrities have adopted a vegan lifestyle for health, environment, or personal reasons and are asserting for their lifestyle. Let’s take a look at the top 25 vegans below:
- Bill Clinton
Following a quadruple bypass surgery in the year 2004 and a stent surgery later, the 42nd President of the US went on to become a vegan in 2010. Since then, he has lost 20 pounds, and has become a supporter of meatless and vegan diets
2. Bryan Adams
Rock star Bryan Adams turned vegan mainly for health reasons 27 years back. He says that eating meat clogs his system. He also credits his slim and trim figure mainly for following a purely vegan diet. Here is what the singer has to say on being vegan and animal rights.
3. Casey Affleck
A vegan diet is part of life now for actor Casey Affleck, younger brother of Ben Affleck. He has been a vegan for more than 17 years as of now. His reasons for taking up a meat and dairy-free diet is because they are unhealthy and are the product of an inhumane and violent industry.
4. Carrie Underwood
American singer, actress and songwriter Carie Marie Underwood turned to a vegan lifestyle at the age of 13 after she witnessed the massive killing of animals. In 2005, she was awarded PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrity.
5. Alan Cumming
Scottish actor Alan Cumming, who was once nominated for an Emmy award, went totally vegan in the year 2012, and since then, hasn’t turned back. He was mainly inspired by Mike Tyson, who too is a vegan. Alan says that he simply hates meat.
6. Al Gore
Former Vice President of the US, Al Gore is the latest celebrity to join the bandwagon of animal and dairy-free products. However, the decision to become a vegan still remains unclear as reported by the Washington Post.
7. Bruce Springsten
The king of rock and roll still looks sexy at 64. His fit physique is mainly due to his healthy lifestyle. He follows a vegan diet and exercises regularly to keep himself in shape. He credits his vegan diet for his age-defying good looks.
8. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman took up a vegan lifestyle in 2009 after she read Eating Animals– a book by Jonathan Safran Foer. She also wrote a blog post on The Huffington Post which was lauded by the readers. However, the actress started consuming foods made with cheese and eggs during her pregnancy. Following this period, she readopted the animal-free lifestyle.
9. Jason Mraz
Singer and songwriter Jason Mraz, who was awarded at the People’s Choice Awards as the “Favourite Male Artist” is pretty serious about eating healthy food. He shares how his plant-based diet has given an entirely new meaning to his life on his personal blog. Jason says that his new diet has helped him to improve his energy levels and stamina.
10. Mike Tyson
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson became a vegan in 2010. Since then, he has lost 100 pounds. He says that he was heavily congested from “bad cocaine and drugs”, and had high blood pressure, difficulty in breathing and was almost dying. After he became a vegan, all his problems disappeared magically.
11. Carl Lewis
Olympic gold medalist and world-famous track runner Carl Lewis says that he witnessed the best race of his life at the World Championships in 1991 after he switched to a vegan diet. Lewis states that he went vegan after meeting a nutritionist and a doctor, who inspired him to take up this lifestyle.
12. Kelly Osbourne
British actress, television presenter and singer-songwriter says turning vegan helped her to shed 70 pounds over the last two years. She was heavily inspired by her husband vegan chef Matthew Mosshart. The actress says that her partner ensures that she eats healthy.
13. Ellen DeGeneres
Talk-show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres switched to a vegan lifestyle in 2008. She took this bold decision after reading various books on animal diets and rights.
14. Dax Shepard
Fiancé of actress Kristen Bell and the star of Parenthood decided to go vegan two years back after watching Forks Over Knives– a documentary, according to an interview with Playboy magazine. He told the magazine that his vegan diet makes him feel extremely good and positive.
15. Joaquin Phoenix
This award-winning actor probably has been a celebrity who turned vegan at age 3. He says that he was on a boat with his family, catching fish until the animal went from a vibrant, living creature fighting for its life till it met a violent death. It was this incident that propelled him to become a vegan.
Singer, songwriter and dancer, Usher, took up a vegan diet in 2012. His father died in 2008 due to a heart attack and he is determined to take control of his fate with a healthier approach.
17. Alicia Silverstone
This “Clueless” star took up a vegan diet at the tender age of 21, as stated by Health Magazine. Before the dietary switch, she was supposed to suffering from constipation, insomnia, acne, asthma and puffy eyes. She has also authored a book called The Kind Diet, which discusses mainly on vegan cuisine.
18. Darren Aronofsky
Noted American film producer, director and screenwriter Darren Aronofsky now makes a career out of promoting compassion towards animals and environmental awareness. He says that he cares for the planet including the creatures that inhabit it.
19. Woody Harrelson
Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson has been a vegan for more than 25 years. He was on a bus when a girl saw him blowing his nose. Following this incident, he had acne all over his face for years. The girl later told her he was intolerant to lactose and persuaded him to quit dairy products. After he made a transformation in his diet, his acne disappeared in just three days.
20. Alanis Morissette
After reading the book Eat to Live authored by Dr. Joel Furhman and feeling kind of unhealthy from gaining weight, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette became vegan in the year 2009. She made this diet swap since she wanted to prolong her life, according to OK Magazine.
21. Lea Michele
American actress, singer and author Lea Michele went vegan after moving to the West Coast for her role on the famous TV series Glee. She took this decision because she wanted to live a healthy lifestyle, which results in something good for the body as well as the planet.
22. Jennifer Lopez
Although technically not a vegan, Jennifer once took upon the 22-day vegan challenge. Since then, she has added fish to her diet, but emphasizes on the fact that a plant-based diet helps her feel better than ever before.
- Jared Leto
Jared Leto is an American actor, songwriter and singer who also holds the position of PETA’s sexiest vegetarian/vegan. He gives credit to his vegan diet for keeping him in shape and help him look much younger than his real age of 43.
24. Jessica Chastain
After following a diet based on fruits and vegetables for more than 15 years, American actress Jessica says that does not have to worry about getting lean or healthy.
- Pamela Anderson
Even though mentioned last in this list, Pamela Anderson is a huge animal rights activist who has been vegan for a good part of her life. She recently launched her own website, The Sensual Vegan, which basically deals with vegan foods.
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