COVID-19, like many other deadly viruses and diseases that infect and kill humans, was transmitted via the consumption of animals. In fact, 75 percent of new infectious diseases come from wild and domesticated animals. While the coronavirus pandemic is devastating in many ways, it is an opportunity for people to reevaluate their diets.

Some celebrities are using their platform to advocate for ditching meat and adopting a plant-based diet. Russell Simmons, for instance, spoke with his Instagram followers about the connection between coronavirus and eating meat. And now, music icon, Brian May is doing the same.

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May is the guitarist for the icon band Queen who have been around since the 1970s and have created some of the most popular songs of all time. Well, May took on the challenge of Veganuary at the start of 2020.

He explained his decision to NME: “To me it was an experiment, because for a long time I’d been an animal campaigner but grappled with the fact that I was still eating them occasionally. But to go vegan was just a decision, and I haven’t been preachy about it, but now we’ve seen more of the effects of how eating animals has brought us to our knees as a species, I think it’s time to re-examine our world in a way that doesn’t abuse other species.” He also went on to describe it as “the way forward, in so many ways.”

May is a highly respected musician, so if he uses his platform in an amazing way that encourages people to reduce or stop their meat consumption for the sake of our health, the animals, and the planet, it’s likely that many may listen.

This is a good time to reconsider our intake of animal products to stay healthy. Eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.

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Interested in joining the dairy-free and meatless train? We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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