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Clint Eastwood Says He Is Not A Vegan. So There, Punk.

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clint_veganThere are lots of sites online talking about Clint Eastwood being a vegan. The LA Times wrote an article a few months back over Clint’s distaste for hunting and added that he was a vegan. Head on over to GoVeg.com and you’ll find a quote from the actor saying, “I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products.” In fact, type “Clint Eastwood Vegan” into Google and you’ll be greeted with over 250,000 sites backing it up. The Razz included.

So, it was with some surprise that I read today in a NY Times interview with the actor that he is NOT a vegan. Even more disconcerting to veggie fans, Eastwood “looked slightly aghast” when told what the vegan lifestyle encompassed. That’s right — he actually had to be given the definition of veganism. This is shocking simply because the actor is often held high in the vegan community as a symbol of a tough guy, macho man that’s on their side. Based on this interview, it’s safe to assume that Clint was never a vegetarian, much less a vegan.

I guess this is a classic example of a rumor made real online — and it all appears to have come from one (probably made up) quote. But, if you learned nothing else today (God help you), now you know that Clint Eastwood is indeed NOT a vegan. Now excuse me while I go make some corrections…

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  • Liz13

    It sounds like he does not eat the Standard American diet, at least–considering how fit and healthy he is at the age of 82! I’ve read he doesn’t eat dairy, eggs, or red meat, but does consume fish.

    I’d like to point out that the NYT article didn’t specify what ‘definition of veganism’ they told him: “Despite what you might have read on Wikipedia, Mr. Eastwood is not a vegan, and he looked slightly aghast when told exactly what a vegan is. ‘I never look at the Internet for just that reason,’ he said.” What is ‘that reason’ — not wanting to read about people claiming he’s a vegan, or not wanting to read about veganism?? What if Bruce Headlam (author of the NYT article) told him that veganism is about compassion for animals and must include not wearing leather, silk, and wool, or using any product made from an animal including honey? There are a few different reasons for being vegan; I consider myself vegan, but my primary reason is health (although I also agree with the saving the environment and not harming any living being points, but they’re just supporting arguments to me:).

    If Clint Eastwood were really vegan, I do not see him owning a restaurant that serves beef at all. Although, he claims to be libertarian, and things he says in interviews definitely demonstrate this (see near bottom of this page http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199301/clint-eastwood?page=3), you’d think if he were a vegan he might insist there be some vegan dishes so at the very least he can eat at his own restaurant!

    • Bev Mabry

      my mother is 84 and always and still eats the Standard American Diet. She would be totally health if she didn’t smoke for so many years. She does not, however, eat many sweets and maybe has 4 sodas in an entire year.

  • Liz13

    I like how people use the B12 issue as a reason why veganism is bad or wrong; these people don’t seem to realize how many foods they eat are fortified (e.g., white flour [ick! lol], fortified cereals, apple juice, cow’s milk, etc), and/or animal feed is fortified (milking cows are fed grain that’s fortified with calcium! think about it, calcium is a mineral…cows that graze on grass get it naturally). You are taking the work of the food industry for granted! Your omnivore diet is only “complete” because of the fortification of essential nutrients (assuming you eat a healthy varied diet, not a lot of heavily processed fast food).

    With a vegan diet, you can get ALL essential nutrients from first-hand plant sources, and eating all those veggies, fruits, legumes, and beans, etc, in the meantime are better for you anyway.
    A salient example of this would be DHA, an Omega-3 essential fatty acid which has been shown to protect against certain neurological diseases in experimental studies: people commonly take cod liver oil supplements for Omega-3’s, however the source of DHA is the ocean itself. Fish contain DHA because of the sea vegetables they eat (kelp, seaweed, etc), or the smaller fish they eat who’ve in turn eaten those sea vegetables that took in DHA as they grew. Kelp is a common ingredient in some cuisines, such as Korean food. Why not cut out the “middle man” and just eat kelp??

    B12 is the only exception: we used to get it from the plants we ate that had B12 from the soil–these days, soil is stripped of this nutrient. I discovered Nutritional Yeast when I became vegan (which CJH mentions as marmite and vegemite, wow cool! haha, non-vegans LOVE this stuff!), this has B12, and I like to sprinkle it on my food…it tastes like parmesan cheese!

  • Liz13

    The difference is the Sardinians and Okinawans (?) didn’t have the Standard American [or western generally] Diet, which is the problem. They didn’t need to care about being vegan because they weren’t surrounded by all the junk we call food nowadays. You don’t have to be strictly vegan to be healthy; we eat way too much protein and fat. Cretans are also cited to have a particularly healthy diet, but it’s not because of the olive oil — it’s the horta, or greens. They eat TONS of leafy greens, some of which they forage for (I know this because I lived there and have done it, but Anthony Bourdain also mentions this in his Greek Islands episode of No Reservations). They have historically eaten relatively little animal meat. My parents lived in Japan in the 70’s and beef was so expensive that only the richest people could afford it. When my parents served beef they bought on the military base for American prices, their Japanese friends were shocked! We do not need nearly as much protein, never mind animal protein, as we are led to believe these days.

    Read “The China Study” by T Colin Campbell who is a professor emeritus at Cornell University and conducted the largest nutritional study conducted, which the NYT called the “Grand Prix of epidemiology”, which showed that populations in China with a plant-based diet had significantly lower incidence of cancers and many many other ailments than those that ate a more meat-heavy diet. I used to look down on vegans, and now I am one 🙂

  • J

    Dena Eastwood just claimed, on the View, (today 8-7-2012) my husband doesn’t seem to age, it must be his vegan diet.

  • Bev Mabry

    very annoying when people make up things about others to support their own views. Gays do it too. A lot of folks just can’t be who they want without trying to make others validate them, true or false. So – I say – do what pleases you (as long as it’s legal).

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