Paul McCartney recently celebrated his 74th birthday, and looks as young and healthy as ever, thanks to an active lifestyle and a vegan diet.
McCartney, who has been a vegetarian for more than 40 years, stopped eating meat because he loves animals.
“When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that’s why I can’t eat it,” said the former Beatle. “Simple as that.”
McCartney could easily pass for a decade younger, and credits his longtime vegan diet for his boundless energy.
The age-defying effects of a vegan diet are no surprise to Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature — predominantly plants — is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention,” said Dr. Katz, author of Disease-Proof.
Weight loss expert Dr. Neal Barnard agrees. “Studies suggest that free radicals [toxic molecules that form in the body] contribute to aging,” said Dr. Barnard, author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.
A vegan diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is full of antioxidants which help protect the body from damage by free radicals.”
Other celebrity vegans include country superstar Carrie Underwood and supermodel Christie Brinkley, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
“I made the decision [to become vegetarian at age 13] because I loved animals and didn’t want to be a part of the slaughter industry, but I’ve been reaping the benefits of that karma ever since,” said Christie. “I’ve avoided the constant antibiotic injections into animals and the growth hormones.”
Christie Brinkley joins a growing number of celebrity vegetarians and vegans who are sold on the anti-aging health and weight loss benefits of a plant-based diet, including Jennifer Lopez and Demi Moore.