by Jennifer Mishler
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Alicia Silverstone has announced that she and husband Christopher Jarecki plan to raise their son, Bear Blu, as a vegan.

Bear was born in May and has already been on a plant-based diet from the beginning! Silverstone says “Bear was grown on vegan food and we’ll continue nourishing him with a healthy diet…He’ll be eating an organic plant-based diet. I intend to take great care of his precious new baby body so I’m committed to giving him nothing but the purest and most healthy food possible. We want to keep his immune system strong so that he’ll be super healthy – which is just one of the many reasons he’ll eat vegan”

Both Alicia and her husband are vegan. Her book The Kind Diet, a cookbook and guide to plant-based eating, has been successful and became a New York Times #1 Bestseller. The book has spun into a website, The Kind Life, full of information and resources for living a cruelty-free, healthy lifestyle. 

Silverstone became vegan in 1998 after watching a video about how animals are raised and slaughtered for food in factory farms. She says on Oprah.com, “I just took a look at my dog and said, ‘If I’m not willing to eat you, how can I continue to eat these other creatures that have the same desire to live, are just as funny, just as cute as my dogs?’”

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • pip

    How is it news that two vegans plan to raise their child as a vegan?

    • don_miguelo

      You mean like, ‘it’s not surprising and therefore not news’? I think Vegan issues should be on this website as they historically have been.

    • whitney

      Uhh… it’s news because two vegans who are INFORMED ON HOW TO RAISE A CHILD ON A PROPER VEGAN DIET plan to raise their child on a proper vegan diet. Any press that shines light on how to properly be vegan is good. Or since the kid isn’t going to die from being malnourished, we should just keep it on the down low?

    • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

      Because recently some veg celeb mummies-to-be turned non veg because of strong cravings.
      So with that in mind, that veg things can change into non veg, it is good and reassuring to see two well informed veg celebs to make the decision to raise their child on a vegan diet.

      And don’t lets forget that Alicia likes to nibble on cheese once in a while to proof she isn’t a frigid freak like the rest of the vegans but just normal like non vegs, so she COULD have made another non veg choiche regarding her baby and decided to raise him non veg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karmiin-Germane/1282683983 Karmiin Germane

    More parents are finding that this is the way eat, feed their kids– and set an example for the rest of the world. If the majority of people could go vegan for even a month a year it could impact our planets health so much –not to mention their own. It only takes 30 days to change your palette. Many people still don’t believe vegans can get enough protein, calcium, iron or B-12… Here’s a suprising fact –Ounce for ounce, hemp seeds have more protein than beef! Read moe here: http://www.suzieqhempfood.com/?p=190

    With Gratitude,

    Karmiin

    • Holly

      My question is…. If you are vegan, aren’t you then eating more processed foods like Tofurky and such?!? I have lately been vegetarian after getting really sick off of beef. I just got the Kind Diet and love it, but this question still pops up constantly.

      • Karina

        Many vegans NEVER or rarely eat any processed food. The healthiest vegans are the ones who eat mostly to completely fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

      • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

        Hello Holly.
        Tofurky is such a commercial hype ! Really no need for these expensive fake meats.
        Karina + 1. Stick to real and fresh foods, not the processed foods. Succes. :-)

  • Patrick

    You go Alicia! A vegan diet is perfectly healthy and desirable for babies and children of all ages, as well as for adults. Here is the official statement from the website of the American Dietetic Association, which heartily endorses a vegan diet for everyone.

    “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes.”

  • Chris

    A vegan diet is not healthy. Any diet that requires one to consume “fortified” foods and/or supplements should be avoided. If we evolved to consume only non-animal products, why would this be so? If you aren’t getting enough nutrition from foods that you eat, that is an indication that you aren’t eating the right foods. It is as simple as that. I am not in favor of animal cruelty and would have a hard time killing an animal myself, initially (I would hopefully adapt and get used to it if it was necessary). However, being a biochemist and an avid reader of nutritional (scientific) publications, I cannot understand why anyone who is educated in the sciences could endorse such a deficient diet. These people are the most unethical of all, to my mind. Such are those who comprise the American Dietetic Association. What do they know anyway? How much have their dietary “standards” changed over the past 50 years? Quite a bit.

    If you really want to be healthy, eat as little processed foods, sugars, starches as possible. Eat mainly vegetables (a good portion uncooked) and meats as possible.

    I wonder if the ADA is still promoting a low-cholesterol diet. Or a low-fat diet. These myths have been debunked. Get with the program!

    Please, do research. It is very easy to do nowadays with the internet. I would like to provide everyone with links, but don’t have the time. I will tell you this: In the past few years, JAMA published the conclusion of a Duke University research physician whose life’s work was to find a link between cholesterol and heart disease. The conclusion you ask? There is no proof that cholesterol causes heart disease. Look up the Swedish research group’s findings regarding cholesterol and its IMPORTANCE to cardiovascular health. Look up Dr. Cabot.

    • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

      I, a vegan since umps years, never choose fortified foods or suplements, and if you take a closer look at your supermarket, it’s “regular” foods for “regular” people that are usually fortified with Iron, Vitamins, Calcium, etc.

      And how about a meat (animal protein) diet ?
      i would say that any diet that causes obesity and lethal prostate cancer and lethal bowl cancer isn’t healthy or natural.
      It takes 3.2 seconds to spit up more then ten scientific studies from non veg sources that show meat causes cancers, here is one such a link :
      http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/120/2/244.short

      I also googled “carrot” and “cancer”, just for fun, and i was surprised to find scientific results that show that carrots actually decrease cancer risks.
      http://www.springerlink.com/content/u75471wh8r670230/

      you loose, meateater…LOL

    • ella

      chris…you say you don’t have the time to put up links, though you write such a long comment.. anyone can call themselves anything these days. do your research and read alicia’s book, it promotes a natural plant-based diet. i’m a vegan and never takes supplies, i only eat a varied diet – which includes all the nutrition required to remain healthy.

      thanx alicia for being such a wonderful example! she’s a true role model:)

  • Dan

    Alicia Silverstone is a Hollywood liberal MORON. The human body needs animal protein to function properly, and to feed her dog vegan food is going against its biological CARNIVORE nature. Talk about animal cruelty.

    • don_miguelo

      WHAT?! She’s a card-carrying Tea-Partier!! Just kidding, i was just getting your attention. Ahem…The human body does not need ANIMAL protein specifically, just protein. B-12 and vitamin D can be problematic if there is no meat or animal dairy, but still totally possible.

      Dogs are not definitively Carnivores, it seems. “Dogs can adapt to a wide-ranging diet, and are not dependent on meat-specific protein nor a very high level of protein in order to fulfill their basic dietary requirements. Dogs will healthily digest a variety of foods, including vegetables and grains, and can consume a large proportion of these in their diet” (from Wikipedia). Obviously dogs traditionally eat more meat, but it’s totally possible to feed them dog food made of non-animal origin, as long as it scientifically provides everything they need. It’s not cruel. That said I wouldn’t do it because my opinion says they are omnivores with a strong inclination to eat more meat than veggies. Their mix of pointy/flatter teeth, and a carnivore-styled digestive tract (and the enzymes in there) mirror more of a carnivore as well, so with that I agree: they are used to eating more meat than anything else naturally.

      Cats, for comparison, are Obligate Carnivores, so that would be cruel (and unhealthy) for them. They just eat grass and nibble on leaves and stems to help throw up hairballs.