Celebs today dish about their diets about as often as everyday folks discuss the weather, so it’s not surprising that Hollywood eating preferences can influence fans’ nutrition habits. And with vegetarianism on the rise — according to polls from the Vegetarian Resource Group, about 3 percent of the U.S. population was vegetarian in 2009, up from 1 percent in 1994 — we can’t help but suspect that the growing crop of outspoken celeb meat shunners is having an impact on the trend.
Eating a vegetarian diet may help your health. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians tend to weigh less, have lower blood pressure and bad LDL cholesterol, and reduced rates of cancer and type 2 diabetes compared to meat eaters. Curious about which modern-day celebs have given up meat? Check out these 11 stars who shine on a vegetarian diet.
When the beloved Beatle posed for an ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 2008, he described the moment he turned vegetarian. “Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, ‘I am killing him — all for the passing pleasure it brings me.’ And something inside me clicked. I realized as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.”