Sydney – Wearing nothing but an oversized avocado covering her baby bump, American Beauty actor Mena Suvari stars in a new PETA US campaign celebrating the benefits of a healthy vegan pregnancy.
For Suvari, who has been vegan since 2017, a plant-powered pregnancy was the obvious choice.
“With everything I know about the cruelty of the meat industry and the health benefits of going vegan, I knew I wanted to raise my son to be a kind, loving, and empathetic person, and I think that can start with how we eat as a family,” she says.
Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year and dramatically reduces their risk of suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. A healthy vegan diet of leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, whole grains, and linseed offers an excellent source of iron, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients that expecting parents need to thrive – without any saturated animal fat or cholesterol.
Suvari is part of a long list of stars – including Laura Clery, Daniella Monet, Emily Deschanel, and Suvari’s American Woman co-star Alicia Silverstone – who have joined PETA or its international affiliates in promoting the benefits of a healthy vegan pregnancy.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.
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