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9 Famous Vegetarians That Made Worldwide History ...

By Heather

It seems we are always hearing of who is going vegan or vegetarian in Hollywood these days, but along with the celebs and stars of today, there have also been many historical famous vegetarians and vegans that are known throughout the world for their amazing contributions. I find it interesting that we hear an incredible amount of advertising that dairy, meat and animal proteins are best for our brain and body over plant sources of protein, yet some of the most remarkable and important people throughout history ate no animal proteins, or very little, at all. Check out some of these amazing people throughout history that not only made it big enough to be in textbooks, but also kept their plates critter- friendly in the process.

1 Plato

Who knew one of the most famous vegetarians of all was one of the most well-known philosophers in Greek history? Plato is a famous mathematician and philosopher in Greek history, and he also helped to lay down the foundation for Western philosophy and science.His advocacy for animals has been well documented throughout many of his works and writings.

2 Albert Einstein

No one can argue the importance of Albert Einstein’s contribution throughout history. If one of the smartest men known to the human race can be a vegetarian, then the rest of us should be good to go too! Though Einstein ate meat in his earlier years, he later transitioned to a vegetarian diet out of belief that it could be the most healing change anyone could make in a person’s diet.

3 Gandhi

One of the most important people throughout all philosophical history is Gandhi who inspired civil movements and freedom in India that spread across the entire world. As a promoter of peace and equality, it is no surprise this amazing man was also a vegetarian.

4 Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin needs no introduction for the amazing accomplishments he created throughout his history. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, along with being a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

5 Leonardo Da Vinci

As one of the leading people to change history throughout art and culture, da Vinci is one of the most inspiring artists of all time. Along with being a vegetarian, he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is said to be the most genius person throughout all history.

6 Mary Shelley

This incredible writer and novelist is one of the most well-known women of all time in the arts and culture genre of history. Shelley is best known for her novel Frankenstein.

7 Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope is another person to make history through writing. He was an 18th century poet who is best known for creating the English version of the novel Homer. Pope was also a leader in the 18th century to create multiple pieces of famous poetry and literature.

8 Abraham Lincoln

My favorite president in school was Abraham Lincoln as I’m sure he was for many of you too. As a person who fought for equal rights, it is no surprise this amazing man was also a vegetarian.

9 Johnny Appleseed

Do you remember hearing about this entrepreneur who made history by his profession in chopping down apple trees? I always loved the story of Johnny Appleseed, who was well-known in his time for speaking against animal abuse. It is even said he would prevent lighting fires to trees because it would kill the insects that lived around and in them.

Though I believe everyone is entitled to their own choice of what they eat, I always like to tell people that you don’t have to eat animals or meat to be smart, successful and healthy. Obviously, these incredible historical figures prove that theory to be true. Do you know of any more famous vegetarians that made history?


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