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NFL quarterback Cam Newton has been vegan since March 2019. Newton started a meat-free diet to help his body recover from injuries. And now he’s talking about the results he’s seen from a vegan lifestyle.

In a new campaign and interview with PETA, the NFL star opened up about his new diet and how his body has reacted. “I’ve seen such a remarkable change in the way my body responds to the food that I eat,” the former Carolina Panthers star said. Newton was a pescatarian before making the full switch to a vegan diet.

Some commentators worried that a vegan diet might affect his athletic performance. “Some of the strongest species on this earth are vegetarian,” Newton said in a 2019 video, documenting his first month as a vegan. “When you look at gorillas, when you look at elephants, they find their source of protein in plants and I do the same thing. I’m loving how I’m feeling.”

Newton shared a recipe for a meat-free burger, heavy on pickles and sauce for the New England Patriots quarterback. His advice for those that are new to a vegan diet? Eat on schedule. If you can eat on schedule you won’t miss or think anything different, and you’ll be alright,” he advises.

“I don’t want people to think you can’t love food being vegan or there’s not good tasting food that’s vegan,” Newton said. Watch Newton’s PETA video, below:

Source: PETA

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