Why Celebrities Are Joining the Vegan Raw Food Movement

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 A-list celebrities have jumped on the vegan raw food diet trend. These famous raw foodists say the diet has made them healthier and given them more vitality. While some entertainers have become full-time devotees of the raw food movement, others are simply incorporating more raw food into their diets but continuing to eat cooked food as well. Thanks to Hollywood's interest in the diet, some chefs have started featuring vegan raw food on their menus.

Why Raw Food?

Arguably the top reason celebrities are embracing raw food is because of the diet's health benefits. Cooking vegetables typically strip them of some of their nutrients. So, eating uncooked vegetables allows consumers to reap the full benefits of produce. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that slow the aging process, a very important consideration if you're in the entertainment industry, where looking youthful is cherished.

Eating raw fruits and vegetables also means that you're not adding oils to them, which contain fat and increase the calories you're consuming. Raw food diets are known to result in weight loss, and since celebrities notoriously face intense pressure to stay slim, a raw food diet may make reducing calories easier. Whether vanity or vitality is the driving force, the green life has a variety of perks for the rich and famous.

Which Celebrities Love Uncooked Food

Those who've embraced the trend even part-time aren't keeping quiet about it. Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson, who co-starred in the 1993 film "Indecent Proposal," also have the raw food diet in common. The actors have frequently graced the raw food scene, and because both of them are super fit, they're walking billboards for the movement just for looking so great as they age.

Actress and model Carol Alt may be the celebrity most devoted to the raw food movement. She's published several books about the trend, including 2004's "Eating in the Raw: A Beginner's Guide to Getting Slimmer, Feeling Healthier, and Looking Younger the Raw-Food Way." Alt isn't the only fashion industry icon to embrace the trend; fashion designer Donna Karan is also a fan.

Other famous raw food lovers include Sting, Alicia Silverstone, Cher, and Jason Mraz. Additionally, Susan Sarandon, Edward Norton, and Angela Bassett are said to have indulged in the trend. Before he died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, Steve Jobs reportedly partook in a raw food lifestyle. 

Raw Vegans Outside of Hollywood

Many restaurants now serve raw food options thanks to famous chefs who've promoted the trend, such as Charlie Trotter. There's no shortage of raw food recipe guides either. That said, just because raw food is gaining momentum doesn't mean the trend is right for you. If you're interested in the diet's health benefits, simply try to incorporate a bit more raw food into your meals and expand from there if you think the diet is having a positive effect on your body and mind.