Video: WWE superstar endorses the Vegan lifestyle for PETA2

Jun 23, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck


Master of Technical Wrestling Says That His Vegan Diet Keeps Him in Prime Fighting Shape

Las Vegas — “As a WWE Superstar, staying healthy and having a lot of energy helps me succeed in the ring—that’s why I choose to be a vegan,” says Daniel Bryan in his brand-new pro-vegan ad for peta2, PETA’s youth division. At 198 muscular pounds, Bryan is in the best shape of life—and he says it’s all because of his plant-based diet.

In an exclusive Q&A with peta2, Bryan explained that chronic health problems since childhood led his doctor to suggest that Bryan go vegan. Now, a year later, Bryan says, “[T]his whole year, my energy levels have been great. … I’m stronger right now than I’ve ever been … I’m dead-lifting more than I ever have before.”

And Bryan’s diet isn’t just good for his health—it’s also good for the environment. “[I]t only makes sense to save the planet that you stop eating meat because it … produces so much carbon dioxide,” he explains. “[T]here’s not enough resources for everybody to eat meat.”

Why else is a vegan diet the diet of champions? Vegans can get all the protein that they need from plant-based foods without the artery-clogging saturated animal fats and cholesterol found in meat. The consumption of meat and other animal-derived products has been strongly linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. In addition to greenhouse-gas emissions, meat production is also a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation. And, of course, the best way to fight the cruelty of factory farms and slaughterhouses is to kick the meat habit.

Daniel Bryan joins a long list of athletes—including Mac Danzig , Jake Shields , and Rich Roll—who have teamed up with peta2 to promote a vegetarian diet.

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