Veganism is on the rise in the US and in the entire world. Back in 2009 being vegan sounded like one was from another planet. But today, 5% of the United States is vegetarian. Half of these people are vegan. The numbers are continuing to rise, in fact by 2050 the United States can become a vegan country. Okay, maybe not a completely vegan country, but a large percentage or even the majority of the population may be following a vegan or vegetarian diet in the future.
Vegetarian do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or other seafood, but may still eat dairy and eggs. Vegan, however, completely stay away from all foods that come from an animal, so they don't eat dairy and eggs. Yes, this means not having cheese at all. Ethical vegans stay away wearing or using animal products, such as fur or leather, and products that have been tested on animals, including many popular cosmetic brands. Besides vegetarians and vegans, the number of people who are following a plant-based diet is on the rise too. They may still eat some animal products, but only limited amounts. Their plates focus on greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Meatless Monday has gone mainstream years ago.
There are so many reasons one may choose to go vegan. It can be their health, their passion for animal rights, their care for the environment, their desire to lose weight, or simply following a trend. It may be a combination of several reasons. The main reason most people claim to go vegan is learning about the unethical treatment of animals from a documentary or book. Closely behind this is learning about the benefits of a vegan or plant-based diet. But we can't forget about the influence of celebrities. More and more celebrities are going vegan inspiring their fans and the general population to follow their lead. Vegan celebrities tend to look vibrant, energetic, healthy and sexy. Here are the 15 hottest vegan celebrities.
14 Gwyneth Paltrow
Some may still think of Gwyneth Paltrow as the ex-girlfriend of Brad Pitt, but long time passed since. She was married to Chris Martin and are both vegan. Strangely enough, her ex, Brad, is also vegan now. Gwyneth and her husband made a switch to the vegan lifestyle to heal from some health conditions they were dealing with. She claims the diet changed her life: she has more energy and amazing skin. She has became an advocate of her new diet and even wrote a recipe book to share her knowledge.
13 Miley Cyrus
12 Carl Lewis
We must include an athlete on this list. Carl Lewis is a world-famous Olympic medalist track runner. He claims he has ran the best race of his life after switching his diet to a vegan one in 1991, at the World Championships. It must be true as he set the world record in that year. He switched to a vegan diet with the help of his doctor and nutritionist. His transition wasn't easy, but drinking lemon juice and eating lots of lentils helped him out. He certainly hasn't regretted it.
11 Russell Brand
10 Alanis Morissette
9 Portia de Rossi
8 Milo Ventimiglia
7 Brad Pitt
6 Michael Franti
5 Ellen Degeneres
4 Alicia Silverstone
3 Ellen Page
Ellen Page became a popular celebrity with her role in Juno, in 2007. If you haven't seen that movie, you need to put it on your list. It was funny, yet super cute. Ellen is a vocal and avid animal rights activist who switched to veganism because of her love for animals. She claims that she has more energy than ever in her life. Her radiant glow is also undeniable. She was named PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2014.
2 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is a truly radiant beauty. She is not only a talented actress known from Star Wars, Garden State, Closer and Black Swan, but is also extremely intelligent and a Harvard graduate. She went vegan in 2009 after reading Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer. During her pregnancy in 2011, she reintroduced some eggs and cheese into her diet, but not meat. Since the birth of her child she has been living free from animal foods and animal products. She catered an all-vegan menu at her wedding in 2012.
Sources: Huffington Post, Shape, Peta
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