Today on Planet 100: Top 5 Surprising Vegan Super Heroes (Video)


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In the pantheon of super heroes, Captain Planet is the clear environmental role model. Still, eco-minded actors and actresses have, increasingly, added a subtle green tint to characters that have, traditionally, lacked any environmental inclinations. The result: five surprising vegan super heroes.WATCH VIDEO: Top 5 Surprising Vegan Super Heroes

From Wolverine to Batgirl and beyond, vegan actors and actresses prove that super powers do not come from eating meat and dairy. Indeed, in at least one case, eating animal products proves to be a kryptonite-like poison that saps a super-being of his powers.

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Put down the steak and strap on a cape: Here comes five surprising vegan super heroes.

5. Wolverine

Hugh Jackman may have gorged himself on chicken to transform into X Men's Wolverine, but for the sequel he's opting for plant-based foods instead.

Vegan nutritionist and endurance athlete Brendan Brazier has been hired to work with Jackman as he bulks up for X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, which will be released in 2011. Brazier is hoping that it will encourage teenage kids, who love the Wolverine, to want to eat like him too.

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Via: ecorazzi

4. Batgirl

While Alicia Silverstone's portrayal of Batgirl in 1997's Batman and Robin was panned by the critics, there's nothing batty about her dietary decisions.

A vegan for over a decade, Silverstone is the author of the New York Times bestseller, A Kind Life, a guide to vegan nutrition. And just like her superhero alter ego, Silverstone claims a vegan diet has given her clear eyes, a slim physique and loads of energy.

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3. Defendor

Did you know that one of Hollywood's most beloved vegans recently played a superhero? Woody Harrelson is at number three in our Top 5 Surprising Super Vegans.

The Oscar-nominated star plays a clueless crusader in Defendor who fights crime armed with a bat, marbles, and lime juice. While his portrayal of a deranged wannabe superhero is light-hearted, his commitment to veganism is deadly serious. Harrelson hasn't eaten meat in over 25 years.

Via: Entertainment Weekly

2. Todd Ingram

Newcomer Brandon Routh plays a vegan character with the power of telekinesis in the hit film Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

While evil Todd Ingram initially overpowers Scott using his psychic vegan abilities, he's stripped of his powers by the Vegan Police after Scott swaps a cup of coffee with soy milk for one with half and half—providing an important lesson in the awesome power veganism.

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1. Spiderman

In at number one, long time vegetarian turned vegan Tobey Maguire proves you don't need animal protein to cut it as Spiderman.

Looking buff in his iconic red and blue costume, Maguire played Spidey in all three big screen adaptations of the Spiderman movie. In real life, the proud Papa of two is hoping to make a healthier future for children by rallying for more vegetarian options in school lunches.

Via: The Vibe
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