Zac Efron just dropped some huge news: He’s not sticking to the status quo. The High School Musical and Baywatch actor has decided to eat with compassion. In an interview with Teen Vogue, the heartthrob stated that he’s experimenting with eating a “purely vegan” diet. This switch is definitely the start of something new, and we’re super-stoked about it! Here are seven reasons why you should keep cruelty off your plate, just like Zac.
1. You’ll Save Hundreds of Animals From Slaughter ?
By going vegan, you’ll save more than 100 animals each year. That means that fewer animals—including chickens, cows, and pigs—will be forced to endure miserable lives while trapped on factory farms. Hooray!
2. Going Vegan = More Energy ?
If you’re feeling tired, your diet may be the culprit. Going vegan can help! On average, vegans are up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters. Plus, unlike consuming unhealthy foods—which can make you feel sluggish—eating vegan will keep you feeling light and full of energy.
Zac credits eating vegan with making a “brilliant” change in how his body works:
“That’s completely changed the way that my body works, and the way that I metabolize food, the way it turns into energy, the way that I sleep. It’s been brilliant. It’s been great for my exercise, and great for my routine.” —Zac Efron
3. You’ll Help Mama Earth ✅
We’re all inhabitants of the Earth. In other words, we’re all in this together.
Going vegan is one of the best things you can do to help the environment, because meat production is a leading cause of climate change, water waste, and deforestation.
Let’s play the comparison game: It takes 2,400 gallons of water—enough to fill 50 bathtubs—to produce 1 pound of beef. By contrast, it takes just 219 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of tofu. Which option sounds friendlier to the environment?
4. Vegan Food Is Next-Level Delish ?
If you haven’t already noticed, vegan food is seriously good. Vegan meals don’t have to be a sad bowl of salad or a boring plate of rice and beans. Plus, many food companies—like Field Roast, Beyond Meat, and Ben & Jerry’s—are offering loads of vegan options, so you can enjoy the tastiest food around, no cruelty to animals involved. ?
5. You’ll Save Money ?
Real talk: If people tell you that going vegan is expensive, they don’t know what they’re talking about. You can definitely save money by going vegan! Vegan staples like beans, rice, potatoes, and vegetables are some of the cheapest foods around. Learn how to go vegan on a budget, and check out these 19 vegan recipes for $3 or less.
6. You Can Get Ripped (if You Want) ?
Being vegan and getting ripped aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, America’s best Olympic weightlifter, Kendrick Farris, is vegan. So yes, plant-powered muscles aren’t a myth. Check out our top vegan protein powders and supplements.
7. Being Vegan Makes You a Superhero for Animals ?
Eating vegan will help the environment and save animals’ lives. In other words, you’ll be a living, breathing superhero for animals! Choosing to eat with compassion means that you care about ending the suffering of millions of animals used for their flesh. It will show that you aren’t afraid to stand up for your beliefs, and by keeping cruelty off your plate, you’ll be making some serious power moves. ❤
What Time Is It?
It’s time to go vegan! As Zac learned, it can do wonders for your routine. We’re confident enough to bet on it. Get’cha head in the game and go vegan today. Check out our “Guide to Going Vegan” for yummy recipes, tips, and more. From breakfast to midnight snacks, we got you.