Famous Vegans and Vegetarians

by in Food News, October 17, 2011
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Natalie Portman

Some of Hollywood’s elite refuse to eat meat. See why these famous folks made the switch:

Natalie Portman
The animal rights activist and actress began a vegetarian lifestyle when she was still a kid. Eventually, she became a devout vegan. Portman feels so strongly about the equal treatment of animals that she started a vegan shoe line in 2009. When pregnant with her first child, however, Portman switched to a vegetarian diet because she says her body was craving eggs and dairy.

Bill Clinton
The former president used to be known for his love of McDonalds, and junk food in general, but after two separate heart procedures, Clinton shied away from the bad stuff. Clinton changed to a vegan diet when he realized a major food overhaul was necessary for his health to truly improve. The former president now says he no longer consumes meat, dairy or eggs, and consumes very little oil.

Mike Tyson
Even though Mike Tyson looks fierce, he’s got a soft spot for animals. Originally going vegan to follow his diet-trendy wife, Tyson’s way of life ending up sticking long after his wife’s fad faded. “I wish I was born this way. When you find out about the processed stuff you have been eating. I wonder why I was crazy all those years,” he said in a Fox News interview.

Alicia Silverstone
One of the first to speak out about eating less meat, Alicia Silverstone, author of The Kind Diet, even keeps her baby on a vegan diet. “Nothing’s changed my life more,” the actress said. “I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions,  plus I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.”

Carrie Underwood
One of PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebs, Carrie Underwood upgraded her commitment to eating animal-free when she announced her switch to veganism. The “kind of lactose-intolerant” star made the transition this past June.

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Carrie Underwood

Pam Anderson
Another PETA heavy-hitter, Pamela Anderson often speaks about how a vegan diet helps her keep healthy. At a PETA event in 2010, Anderson said of her diet, “I always feel healthy, but I feel better.”

Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig
PETA named the comedy duo this year’s sexiest vegetarians. A vegetarian since he was 14, Brand told PETA, “You shouldn’t eat animals, it’s mean to them.” Being a vegetarian helps Wiig maintain her svelte figure by “eating lot of tofu and soy,” she told Women’s Health.

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Kristen Wiig

Toby Maguire
Vegetarian for more than 14 years, Toby Magurie stepped things up a notch when he decided to ban all leather from his house. That’s right —  those visiting the actor must remove all shoes and belts made of animals before entering his home, according to ecorazzi.com. Today, he eats completely vegan unless he’s trying to bulk up for a role, in which case he adds small amounts of eggs and dairy.

Daryl Hannah
The actress may be best known for making waves as a mermaid in Splash, but she’s making waves in other ways these days. Living in a solar-powered home in the Rockies, Hannah is a champion for animal rights and has been since age 11. Now, she is a strict vegan.

Ellen DeGeneres
Vegan since 2008, Ellen DeGeneres is all about promoting a vegan lifestyle. She recently started her “Going Vegan With Ellen” website where she offers tips, tricks and advice for the first-time vegan.

More Celeb Vegetarians: Kristen Bell, Milo Ventimiglia, Jane Goodall, Olivia Wilde (previously vegan), Paul McCartney and Alyssa Milano.

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Comments (1,022)

  1. cookie says:

    I'm not quite sure weather keeping a baby on a vegan diet is the healthiest thing to do. I hope that doesn't mean the poor thing isn't breastfed. And in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with eating meat and whatelse comes from an animal. But every person has to decide that for themselves. I'm a bit sceptical when it comes to children, but maybe I just don't know enough about the topic. However, there's a lot to be done concerning how we treat animals.

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  3. Wow! I never thought these guys are vegan especially Mike Tyson, it inspired me to stick with my vegan diet.

  4. Sue says:

    Who would've thought Mike Tyson was a vegan. I think I might start giving the vegan diet some serious thought.

  5. Blair says:

    THANK YOU!!!! Finally Foodnetwork is realizing that vegetarianism and veganism are becoming mainstream. Foodnetwork should make a HEALTHY vegan/vegetarian show!

  6. VANNY says:

    omg awesome…. for that girl irene watchin this video really made me turn vegan: meatvideo.com

  7. VANNY says:

    haha..cookie i mean

  8. chemel says:

    Nice, but most of vegetarians in blood exams are anemic, when they are growing and don´t eat proteins of cuality are short in height as adults. It is good to eat in daily bases veggies but be carefull on your kids.

    • O.K.12 says:

      Ha ha ha ha! I can't believe what I am reading! Yes, please be careful giving your kids a BALANCED diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and soy. You wouldn't want them to greatly reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a variety of cancers, in addition to completely eliminating any form of dietary cholesterol and gain a better ability to absorb calcium (which, by the way, is extremely important in the development of children).

    • JLWeed says:

      It's really easy to avoid anemia. Iron is found in veggies too. Oh, and there are these things called multi vitamins that even omnivores should eat…

  9. @Karna6e says:

    Slowly becoming vegetarian because of articles like this: http://consumerist.com/2011/11/mcrib-pork-supplie

  10. eve says:

    its all nuts to me…and many people who have some health issues already (post thyroid surgery) cannot eat soy products…

    • Auggie says:

      You are aware there are more foods other than soy (like whole grains, nuts/seeds & legumes) for Vegans/Vegetarians to get their protein, right? Yes, this is a rhetorical question. I know! How about putting the internet to good use and researching alternate sources of protein so you can become educated on the subject?!

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