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Vegan alert: More celebrities than ever are giving up meat

Zooey and Emily Deschanel are vegansCelebrities used to be known for trying every fad diet—from the Grapefruit Diet to an Atkins-does-South Beach Diet to being the spokesperson for weight-loss brands like Jennie Craig. But have you noticed? Now everyone in Hollywood’s a vegan.

Alicia Silverstone’s on the Kind Diet. So are Natalie Portman and Hayden Panettiere. Zooey and Emily Deschanel. Ditto Ellen and Portia. Vegan Olivia Wilde of “House” was recently crowned Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2010 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). So was “The Biggest Loser” trainer, Bob Harper, despite his (sponsored) plugs for Jennie-O Turkey on the show. The list of vegan actors, musicians, authors and athletes is so long, Wiki keeps track. Is there a “Celebrities who eat pork belly” page I’m missing?

Not only is more of Hollywood vegan now than at any moment in history, celebrities are surprisingly vocal about their decisions not to eat meat. Hollywood vegans often cite health and animal rights reasons for their eating habits, and many support good causes that raise awareness of food production and animal cruelty. Pam Anderson now has plenty of company.

Of course, it’s highly possibly that veganism has also been discovered as a route for getting and keeping HD-friendly skin and sveltness. So for these more superficial celebs, being a vegan isn’t a lifestyle; just a better Master Cleanse. Either way, it’s good to see celebrities adopting a healthier road to wellness.

Even Mike Tyson, the former boxer (among other things) recently gave up animal products, and possibly carbs too. According to Mind Body Green, Tyson recently lost 130 pounds in an effort to his life around. Could it be that veganism is also the new rehab?