“Nothing will benefit health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein
In 2010, former US President Bill Clinton had emergency heart surgery. Since then, he’s been committed to a plant-based, mostly vegan diet for health reason. In an interview at a vegan restaurant in Los Vegas a few months ago, Clinton said that adopting a plant-based diet, “changed my life. I might not be around if I hadn’t become a vegan. It’s great.”
In an interview Katie Couric conducted with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres about her vegan diet, DeGeneres quipped that “animal rights sounds like they’re about the get the right to vote.” Much of the interview focused on DeGeneres’ respect for animals and her horror in learning about the reality of factory farming of animals for human consumption.
Later in the interview, she spoke about the benefits she gains by avoiding meat, fish, dairy and eggs. “I’m healthier for it. I’m happier for it. I really truly believe that we take in energy and our thoughts are important. I believe in that kind of positive thinking, and I can’t imagine if you’re putting something in your body that’s filled with fear or anxiety or pain, that that isn’t somehow going to be inside of you.
“I used to be a more anxious person and edgy and everything was a little more jumpy and sad. I think that not putting that stuff in my body is [healthier for me].”
In an interview for PETA about his vegetarian lifestyle, musician Paul McCartney spoke about the concern about getting sufficient protein. “My mum, who’s a nurse, would have thought the only way to get protein was from animals, cause that was the thinking back then. In actual fact, when you look into it, there are a million ways. Soya obviously is one of them. Lots of vegetables contain proteins.”
McCartney, who has been a vegetarian since 1975, once famously said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”
In addition to the motivation of avoiding cruelty to animals, there is a significant body of research to support the idea that avoiding meat and other animal products can significantly decrease one’s risk for obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Other historical figures who are believed to have been vegetarians or vegan include Leonardo daVinci, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Princess Diana, Leo Tolstoy, Sir Isaac Newton, George Bernard Shaw, Charles Darwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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Author: Rebeca Espinoza
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org.