Today, there are more vegan celebrities than ever before. Why are they coming out in favor of a plant-based diet? While some of them are more vocal about it than others, it's usually a combination of health, environmental, and ethical reasons. Here are just a few stars you might not know are either vegetarian or vegan.
1. Alanis Morissette
This '90s alt-pop star gave up meat in 2009 to lose weight and found that she had far more benefits than just weight loss. “I feel very alive,” she says. “I have no more aches and pains, and my allergies are gone, too.”
2. Travis Barker
The former Blink-182 drummer makes veganism decidedly rock-and-roll. The tattooed musician says that he switched to a vegan diet in 2008 after a pretty bad health scare.
“I went to the doctor and found that I had eight ulcers in my stomach, and then I found out that I had a condition from it, from excessive smoking,” he says. “Right there, that was a game changer… I quit everything immediately.”
3. Johnny Galecki
His TV alter ego may regularly partake in the Cheesecake Factory's Factory Burrito Grande, but Galecki is a vegetarian in real life. (Maybe his vocal vegan costar Mayim Bialik had something to do with it.)
4. Milo Ventimiglia
Everyone’s favorite bad boy bibliophile from "Gilmore Girls" isn’t eating any of the burgers he was serving at Luke’s Diner: Ventimiglia has been a vegetarian his entire life. Raised by two long-time veggie parents, Milo, his sisters, and even the family dog ate a plant-based diet growing up.
Steve-O of "Jackass" fame isn’t just a vegan, he’s also passionate about exposing others to the reasons behind his diet and lifestyle. After Steve-O gave up both drugs and animal products, he appeared in a farm animal rescue documentary entitled "What Came Before."
6. Alan Cumming
Emmy-nominated actor Alan Cumming has been a vegan since 2012.
"I just don't like meat," says the actor. "Rotten carcasses don't feel good inside in my body."
He's also campaigned for more widespread vegan treats, like at Dairy Queen.
Usher has been eating a vegan diet since 2012, in part to stave off the heart disease that runs in his family – his father died of a heart attack in 2008. Apparently, Usher tried to convince Justin Bieber to switch to a plant-based diet too, but the Biebs hasn’t bit – yet.
8. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson made the switch to a vegan diet as part of a healthy makeover he was giving his lifestyle. He told Oprah that he was “so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine I could hardly breathe,” and that once he switched to a plant-based diet, “All that stuff diminished.”
9. Emily Deschanel
This "Bones" star isn‘t just a vegan herself – her character, Temperance Brennan, is a vegetarian, and Deschanel even convinced co-star David Boreanaz to eat vegetarian once a week.
She kept up her vegan diet even through her pregnancy –- despite many busybodies who tried to get her to change her mind.
“As a pregnant woman especially, people will say to me, ‘You must eat meat and dairy,’” she says. “You really have to tap into your self-esteem whenever people try to convince you you’re making the wrong choice.”
10. Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame may be a long-time animal rights activist, but his foray into vegetarianism actually came from trying to impress a girl.
“I pretended I’d been vegetarian all along,” he explains. “And I immediately felt a lot better, a lot healthier.”
11. Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin switched to a vegan diet after a 2011 prediabetic diagnosis. His diet helped him lose 30 pounds in under a year. He also does yoga and pilates as part of his healthier way of life.
12. Stevie Wonder
This crooner has been a vegan for about three years, he told James Corden on Carpool Karaoke. During his sing-a-long, he shared, “I like not eating meat, but I do miss the chicken!”
13. Kate Mara
Kate Mara is a long-time vegan who attributes her choice to health, environmental, and animal welfare reasons.
“Every time we sit down to eat, we have a choice,” she says. “By choosing more meat-free meals, we’re saying ‘yes’ to better health, ‘yes’ to a better environment, and ‘yes’ to better treatment of animals.”
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