Us Weekly reported Jay-Z had joined in eating vegan food to be supportive of his wife Beyonce’s pregnancy. They are not fully vegan though, but there wasn’t much information about what foods they consume that would violate the definition of being vegan. There doesn’t seem to be much specific information out there about their diet, but once source speculated they cut out most dairy and meat products. She has been quoted as having an obsession with ketchup:
‘I don’t know if you’d call it weird, but I’m having ketchup with everything. I mean, I liked it before I was pregnant, but I now literally won’t eat anything without it.” (Source: Daily Mail) It isn’t clear what prompted Beyonce and Jay-Z to follow a partially vegan diet. Since she wears fur, and did have it in her clothing line for a number of years it doesn’t seem that likely it is from a regard for animals, or the environment. The remaining potential reason is health; since vegan food is a much smaller subset of all the foods available, by choosing veganism or mainly so, one would be eliminating almost all fast food, for example.
Whatever the reasons, two studies have found livestock agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. A 2006 study found eighteen percent of climate change emissions came from livestock. Similar research conducted later found that number could actually be fifty-one percent.
Actress Alicia Silverstone has information about being a vegan during pregnancy on her site. She has been meatless for years, and gave birth within the year. Natalie Portman was vegan before becoming pregnant but loosened her strict diet to include dairy products and eggs during pregnancy.
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