On Good Morning America, Beyoncé announced that she was going vegan, saying “I’m not naturally the thinnest woman. I have curves. I have struggled since a young age with diets. Finding something that actually works and keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.” She also mentioned that her skin has improved since switching to a vegan diet. Beyoncé joins other celebs, including Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Tobey Maguire, Shania Twain, Anne Hathaway, and Carrie Underwood, who are notable vegans.

Disappointed fans expecting a tour or a new album were down on the announcement. Way down.

But some doctors and nutritionists claim that Beyoncé’s new vegan diet will help her much more than going on tour or selling a few million songs. Here’s why:

1) Vegans Are Thinner (in a Healthy Way)

Vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters, according to Dr. Deborah Wilson, whose research has found a link between eating meat and obesity.

2) Vegans Are Less Likely to Suffer from Health Problems

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart diseasecancerdiabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are.

3) Vegans Avoid Contaminated Meat (Which Happens A Lot More Than You Think)

The top source of food poisoning in the United States is from bad meat. Sorry to be gross, but meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids. And don’t get us started with chicken. According to scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who tested supermarket chicken, 96% of Tyson chicken was found to be contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacterium which causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Yuck!

4) Vegans Get Their Sexay On!

Vegans tend to have more energy than meat eaters–especially in the bedroom. Guys should note that the cholesterol and saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy products don’t just clog the arteries to your heart, they can clog the arteries to something else (wink, wink). And can make you an early candidate for Viagra.

5) Vegans Know That Piggies Are Smart and Awesome

Pigs are freaking awesome. They’re clean, social, can play video games, save kids from drowning, and are smarter than your dog. Come to think of it, if your dog tasted like pork, would you eat her? Don’t answer that question.

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