Vegetarianism is not a dietary choice; it is a way of living. While most people appropriate their dietary preferences to their religious beliefs, others make a conscious decision to steer clear of consuming any form of meat owing to animal welfare concerns. Some say that meat consumption disrupts the balance in the chain of ecology, while others retort that the earth is self-generative, therefore every imbalance is taken care of in the longer run. Keeping aside all philosophies or schools of thought, one certain thing about practicing vegetarianism is the bevy of health benefits it offers. “In recent years, the pendulum has swung the other way, and studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating,” Harvard Health Publications.
If you’re one of those to roll their eyes and say in disbelief, “No one is vegetarian around me,” a look at this power-packed list will reinstate your faith in vegetarianism. We bring to you 6 superstars of the Indian film industry who love their veggies. Take a look!
Amitabh Bachchan has been a veteran title holder of Peta’s Hottest Vegetarian Alive since 2002. The legendary actor has said on numerous occasions that he voluntarily gave up eating meat, along with rice, aerated drinks, alcohol and smoking over the years.
Bachchan’s health has also played an integral role in his life choices, ever since his intestine was damaged while shooting for Coolie in 1982. The actor went on record in 2000 to state he lost 75 per cent of his liver due to cirrhosis, which prompted him to make some lifestyle choices, including his diet.
The ‘Udta Punjab’ actor has always been a vegetarian and claims to enjoy it by all means. He was named the hottest vegetarian of the year by PETA in 2015 along with Sonam Kapoor.
Another star to hold the Hottest Peta title, Kangana Ranaut gave up eating meat after her big move to Bollywood, despite confessing that her upbringing was in a typical Rajput household that thrived on meaty dishes.Ranaut has since turned vegan, saying that dairy gave her acidity. Today, her diet includes a lot of fruits and nuts.
Another late arrival to the vegetarian party, perfectionist Aamir Khan turned vegan after he hit the big five-oh.
The Dangal actor has said he does not eat meat or dairy products and it is all thanks to his wife, director Kiran Rao, who showed him a video about 15 of the most common life-threatening diseases that can be prevented by a vegan diet.
The ‘Sultan’ actress was another in the row to embrace vegetarianism in the year 2015. She was also voted as one of the hottest vegetarians voted by PETA in 2015.
In her recent appearance at Karan Johar’s talk show Sonam admitted embracing vegetarianism after filming for Neerja and Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo. “I have been able to make more compassionate choices now,” she shared on the show. As per a PETA report, Sonam has slowly gotten off dairy as well.