Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard credit "Forks Over Knives" with their new vegan diet.
by China DeSpain
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Back in January, we told you about Kristen Bell‘s vegetarian diet, and expressed our wish that she’d go vegan. And now, thanks to vegan documentary “Forks Over Knives,” our wish has been granted!

The actress (who has been a vegetarian since age 11) and her fiance, Dax Shepard, decided to completely abstain from animal products in January, after watching the film. Once the couple understood the connection between degenerative diseases and animal products, they gladly made the switch.

Bell told Women’s Health magazine, “It’s more about the health benefits than the ethics. But it’s compounded by the fact that I love animals and feel better not eating them.”

The actress, a self-professed foodie, is completely at home in the kitchen. “Cooking is my love language, where there’s the most amount of giving selflessly,” she says.

She discusses her hobby with the magazine, jokingly describing vegan foods as “fart powder” because they “make you gassy,” and listing some of her favorite kitchen gadgets, which include scissors for snipping herbs, a Vita-Mix blender for doing “really cool stuff with vegetables,” and her SodaStream, because she loves bubbly water.

Bell also grows her own organic veggies. She told the mag, “There’s cilantro, sage, baby greens. Carrots, broccoli, kale, potatoes, cauliflower. These are strawberries. Romaine, butter lettuce, thyme… Ooh, the spinach is coming up real nice.”

But her favorites are the tomatoes, which she claims are tastier than the store-bought variety. “A store tomato is a ball of red water,” she says. “This variety is sweet and so yummy. We eat them like potato chips here.”

We’re so happy to see that the adorable actress (have you seen her sloth meltdown yet?) and her comedic hubby-to-be have jumped on the vegan bandwagon, thanks to the hit documentary. And they’re not the only celebs to do so. Ozzy Osbourne, Russell Brand, Eliza Dushku and Jason Mraz all say that “Forks Over Knives” compelled them to make the switch.

Interested in watching the film? You can catch it streaming on Netflix, or check out the showtimes.

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  • Brad

    I think she made a very telling point. “It’s more about the health benefits than the ethics.” The most effective argument to help people change their diet is the personal health topic. Sure, there are some people that care about animals more than people, but they’re the exception. Forks Over Knives is influential because it spent the majority of the time talking about human health benefits (the 10 minutes it talked about the planet and animals was silly and didn’t fit). Vegans most useful tool in getting people to change will be to take the same approach…talk about the human health message.