Cardi B is considering going vegan following stomach health complications. Plant-based celebrities have been quick to encourage the rapper to make the change.
The entertainer took to Twitter for advice. “I want to go vegan but I love meat,” she said to her 20.4 million followers. “Are vegan meat replacements similar to meat in taste or not really?”
The Tweet raised eyebrows, sparking conversation about the perceived benefits and downfalls of plant-based diets.
“[Vegan meats are] seriously unhealthy. How they are made is bad for the environment,” one user wrote. This is despite the fact that animal products – especially beef – are some of the most environmentally destructive foods on the planet.
In fact, an oft-cited analysis on farming’s effect on the planet concluded that going vegan is likely “the single biggest way” to lower your environmental impact.
The study, which included data from nearly 40,000 farms in 119 countries, is the largest of its kind.
The Twitter user continued: “Our ancestors ate meat and were much stronger and less whiny! Don’t do it just to follow the trend. You like meat so eat it and don’t be ashamed. You do you!”
Other commenters had a different take.
“Most vegans love the taste of meat. It’s a matter of realising animal products are beyond cruel, destroying the planet, carcinogenic,” they wrote, as well as “destructive” to the human digestive system.
American actor Paul Wesley, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Stefan Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, joined fans in the comments.
“Hello Cardi B – going vegan is the best decision I ever made!” he wrote.
Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson chimed in too, assuring Cardi B there are “so many options.”
Carmen Carrera, a model who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, commented: “Going vegan can become a very spiritual thing. Once your body finishes its detox, you’ll start to question any body modification and want to be more natural. Also it makes you less aggressive and more peaceful and empathic. It enhances your intuition too.”
Cardi B vegan
In response to Cardi B’s post, a fan expressed shock that the rapper was “willing to let go” of the seafood she loves.
The musician explained, “I had a stomach virus not so long ago and I feel like my digestive system haven’t been the same. I been drinking probiotics and I don’t see a change much. I be lookin’ at raw food pages a lot but that will be a huge change for me to do that.”
The Grammy Award-winner has been exploring the animal-free space for some time. Earlier this month, she launched a dairy-free, vodka-infused whipped cream.
Last year, Cardi B donated 20,000 plant-based meal replacements to New York City hospital workers and ambulance staff.
And in 2019, she launched a vegan leather fashion line.
This article was updated on December 17, 2021, to include celebrity responses.