Michelle Pfeiffer talks to CNN about her new vegan diet and why she made the switch for health reasons
by Jennifer Mishler
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A long list of celebs have made the switch to a vegan diet due to concerns for their health. The documentary “Forks Over Knives” has played a big role, inspiring star after star to go plant-based including Ozzy Osbourne, Carrie Ann Inaba, Kristen Bell and Russell Brand. One of the most talked-about healthy vegans has been Bill Clinton, who ditched animal products after a number of cardiac problems and procedures.

The latest celeb to talk about their vegan diet is Michelle Pfeiffer, who opened up to Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. In the appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” which airs tonight at 9pm, Pfeiffer tells Gupta that she decided to try a vegan diet after watching CNN’s “The Last Heart Attack.” The special discussed plant-based diets as a possible way to prevent heart disease and other conditions.

“I was finishing up working on, I think it was ‘Dark Shadows.’ And I was watching CNN, and ‘The Last Heart Attack’ came on.” The actress describes herself as a “foodie,” but was hopeful after she heard Clinton wasn’t struggling with his vegan diet. “OK, Bill Clinton loves food, so there must be something to [veganism] that’s making him stick to it. And also, he’s smart, so he’s not going to do something unless he really thinks there’s some science behind it,” she said.

Pfeiffer also credits Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn‘s book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure” with informing her decision. “I just felt like…there was science behind it. And, you know, it was sort of irrefutable. … I couldn’t not listen to it. My father died from cancer, and the older you get, there’s a lot of disease around you. And you see people struggling with chronic disease. You see people dying with terminal illnesses. And if in any way …. this is true, then you kind of have to listen to it,” Pfeiffer said.

The actress says her health isn’t the only reason for the new diet. “Vanity is right under there,” she admits, “but I have to say that it’s a close second with wanting to live long.” Pfieffer’s husband is also trying to eat vegan.

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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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IMDZSVGCCPFRYVVHMVUWAJLZPY Choose Compassion

    I am glad to hear another “Gone Vegan” story!

    When I went vegan in 2004, I’m not sure I would have stuck with if my reasons for making the change were wholly based on my own health. What has kept me vegan and always will is my refusal to participate any longer in a worldwide system of animal slavery, cruelty, abuse and murder. The health benefits I have undoubtedly reaped are only secondary gains. The fact that no animal has had to suffer for my food, convenience or entertainment in 8 years is primary. Veganism makes the world a better place – I’m only a very small part of that world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IMDZSVGCCPFRYVVHMVUWAJLZPY Choose Compassion

    J, I was on the fence about dairy until I did some research about where those items come from and was horrified at what I saw. A peek behind the blood-soaked curtain of factory farming may help you with your struggle…

    • http://www.facebook.com/ShariBambino Shari Bambino

      Unless you choose to buy your eggs and dairy from a local farm that takes good care of its animals. Not all animal products come from factory farms. Many of us who love animals and care about their welfare simply buy them from farmers who love animals and care about their welfare too. (I’m going to keep posting this until you stop deleting it. I have said nothing abusive or inappropriate here. Stop censoring reasonable people saying reasonable things.)

  • Julie

    Another comment I must make here is that for the last few years, I have struggled greatly financially with no job. I am on foodstamps, and only get a certain amount each month to use for food, and most of the vegan fare we have at our stores is pretty pricey. So, it is sometimes easier to just shrug and buy what I can afford. As I have said, until it becomes the norm and is as reasonable as the readily available food, and until you are truly hungry and just want to eat, you won’t understand.

  • alchemy28

    Vanity and narcissism before compassion. Oh, Hollywood- what else?.