You might already know that Spiderman‘s Tobey Maguire is vegan, as is Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, Golden Globe–winner Joaquin Phoenix, and Ultraman Rich Roll. And you may remember that fitness trainer Bob Harper and the NBA’s Amar’e Stoudemire both rely on animal-free cuisine to promote peak physical form.
Now The Boston Globe has introduced its readers to “hegans”—as in “he” plus “vegan” equals “hegan.” Many hegans are middle-aged, and they all seem to be unassuming fellows who—in their individual pursuits of longevity, improved strength and energy, weight loss, or decreased risk of killer diseases such as cancer and heart disease—have all quietly embraced vegan lifestyles. They may also have read that vegan diets are the best for making sure that their kids have a planet to inherit, or they don’t like the idea of eating Babe for breakfast. According to Rip Esselstyn, veteran firefighter, triathlete, and author of The Engine 2 Diet, “Real men eat plants.”
We absolutely agree—and so do the red-hot hunks in our 2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door contest. After you’ve cast your vote, tell us: Will you use the term “hegan” to describe men who eat only animal-free foods—or are you inclined to stick with “vegan”?
Written by Karin Bennett