Dr Barnard’s Blog – Jay Z Pledges to Go Vegan


Jay Z Pledges to go VeganJay Z’s pledge to adopt a vegan diet is trending worldwide. And if it seems like everyone is adopting a vegan diet, it’s because they are.  More people are finding it surprisingly easy to follow a plant-based diet.

Former president Bill Clinton, former vice president Al Gore, and actress Michelle Pfeiffer continue to ditch meat in favor of nutrient-packed, plant-based foods. Hollywood’s A-list, including actresses Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman, country singer Carrie Underwood, tennis champ Serena Williams, and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons all tout the health benefits of a vegan diet.

The science is simple: The more plant-based meals we eat, the healthier we’ll be in the long run. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics finds people who follow vegetarian diets have a lower body mass index, lower risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of overall cancer.

From a nutritional standpoint, plant-based meals outweigh their meat-heavy counterparts.  A black bean burger has similar protein as a hamburger, but the black bean burger has half the fat and calories, contains zero cholesterol, and packs four times as much fiber.

As plant-based diets continue to surge in popularity, it won’t be long before we see a decline in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease – and that is something Hollywood, scientists, politicians, and hip-hop stars can all advocate for.

Top 10 Most #Vegan Friendly Cities in the U.S

Here is a list of just 10 of the many United States cities that are “vegan-friendly”:

Per Joan Landino

#1 Top Vegan Cities: Portland, Oregon

Portland takes the cake when it comes to the most vegan friendly cities.  It’s utopia for us vegans with its plethora of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores like Food Fight!. The Portobello Vegan Trattoria‘s beautiful website lets it’s visitors know that although the menu changes almost everyday, you can enjoy some delicious Cauliflower Veloute or Portobello Roast. Wow and I can’t get over The Bye and Bye‘ s vegan specialty bowls with incredible ingredients like BBQ tofu, tofu cutlets and veggie meatballs looks to die for! Who wouldn’t want a nice now of edamame after a walk around the city? Portland made number 1 on our list for a reason, and won’t let any of your vegan expectations down!

To see the rest of the list click here: 10-most-vegan-friendly-cities-in-u-s