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Scores of Our Favourite Celebrities Make Transition to Healthy, Ethical and Fulfilling Life by Going Vegan

Vegan foods are loaded with the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients our bodies need – including protein, calcium and iron

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Shraddha Kapoor, star of "Aashiqui 2" and "Chhichhore", calls herself a "smart eater", and it's clear that vegan foods give her all the energy. Pixabay

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and Bollywood stars have gotten the memo! Scores of our favourite celebrities have made the transition to a healthy, ethical and fulfilling life by going vegan (eating only animal-free foods).

There are plenty of good reasons to be vegan, and each star has their own motive as to why it’s the right choice for them. Shraddha Kapoor, star of “Aashiqui 2” and “Chhichhore”, calls herself a “smart eater”, and it’s clear that vegan foods give her all the energy she needs for back-to-back shoots. Vegan foods are loaded with the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients our bodies need – including protein, calcium and iron – without all the cholesterol and saturated fat found in animal flesh, eggs and milk that can slow a person down.

Demanding schedules, hectic travel and countless media engagements are enough to drain many stars’ energy. Vegan eating helps Esha Gupta manage her busy life of acting, modelling and advocating for animals. When fans quizzed her regarding how she maintains her figure, she shared that “healthy vegan meals” make her glow on camera.

Ayesha Takia Azmi is a longtime vegan, having made the shift to an ethical lifestyle along with her mother and sister. Not long ago, she and husband Farhan Azmi became parents, and she shared that she had “the most amazing pregnancy”. She revealed, “I didn’t have the usual problems like bloating or… body aches.” Plant power also helps reduce the risk of developing serious medical conditions, including certain cancers, diabetes, strokes and heart disease.

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There are plenty of good reasons to be vegan, and each star has their own motive as to why it’s the right choice for them. Pixabay

Richa Chadha has been vegan since 2014, for a variety of reasons. Foremost is her strong ethical compass. She wrote in a 2015 piece, “I can’t stomach the thought of someone cutting a buffalo’s throat, ramming a knife through a pig’s heart or cramming chickens into cages so small they can’t even spread a wing, let alone bear to ingest such misery.”

Recent eyewitness accounts of incidents at India’s major chicken farms and hatcheries back up this statement, and horrifying video footage reveals that unwanted chicks are killed through drowning, burning and other cruel means by the meat and egg industries and that maimed hens are stuffed into severely crowded cages for eggs.

Mallika Sherawat has advocated for a vegan lifestyle for more than 15 years. She recently released a public service announcement on the health benefits of animal-free eating, including the scientific proof that it can prevent heart disease.

Kangana Ranaut has declared, “Veganism as a way of life is deeply rooted in the Indian ethos,” and she’s found that vegan foods give her strength — both physical and emotional.

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The list of superstars going vegan grows longer by the day — and there’s no going back! This cultural shift isn’t limited to film stars, either. Just ask Sunil Chhetri how eating vegan has helped him thrive and benefitted his sports career.

If the ethical, spiritual and physical benefits of going vegan aren’t compelling enough, consider the fact that it’s environmentally necessary. Recent studies have predicted that by 2020, at least 21 major cities — including Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad — will have run out of groundwater, which will impact 100 million people. One cow used for milk can consume up to 190 litres of water per day, so ditching dairy is an easy way to conserve water.

As our favourite stars make clear, it’s easy to be kind to animals every time we sit down to eat. In the process, we’ll also be looking after the Earth, our health and our moral compass. Pledge to go vegan today. PETA India is here with nutritional information, delicious recipes and tips to help you make the switch. Order our free vegan starter kit at PETAIndia. com. (IANS)

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This Healthy Mediterranean Diet Includes Meat to Cater to Western Tastes

New Mediterranean diet lets you eat meat without any guilt

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Eat meat without any guilt by following this new mediterranean diet. Lifetime Stock

Researchers have developed a new version of Mediterranean diet that includes meat to cater to Western tastes and also deliver health benefits.

A typical Mediterranean diet includes extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, moderate amount of fish and red wine, and low consumption of red meat, sweet and processed foods.

The new version of the Mediterranean diet includes 2-3 serves (250g) of fresh lean pork each week.

The findings published in the journal Nutrients showed that the Mediterranean-Pork (Med-Pork) diet delivers cognitive benefits.

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The new version of the Mediterranean diet includes 2-3 serves (250g) of meat each week. Lifetime Stock

“The Mediterranean diet is widely accepted as the healthiest diet and is renowned for delivering improved cardiovascular and cognitive health, but in Western cultures, the red meat restrictions of the diet could make it hard for people to stick to,” said Alexandra Wade from University of South Australia.

“By adding pork to the Mediterranean diet, we’re broadening the appeal of the diet, while also delivering improved cognitive function,” Wade said.

This study compared the cognitive effects of people aged 45-80 years and at risk of cardiovascular disease following a Med-Pork or a low-fat diet (often prescribed to negate risk factors for cardiovascular disease).

The results showed the Med-Pork intervention outperformed the low-fat diet, delivering higher cognitive processing speeds and emotional functioning, both markers of good mental health.

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“Improving people’s processing speed shows the brain is working well,” Wade said.

“Then, when you add the fact that pork production emits only a fraction of the greenhouse gases compared with beef, and the Med-Pork diet is really ticking all boxes — taste, health and environment,” Wade said. (IANS)