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During an appearance on “Ellen” back in February, journalist and television personality Meredith Vieira mentioned in passing a desire to switch to a plant based diet. Fast-forward almost two months to an appearance on a recent episode of ABC’s “The Chew” and Meredith is completely plant powered! “I’m vegan now, you know this,” she announced to Mario Batali.

When asked why she made the switch, the long-time “Today” co-host had this to say; “Partly ethical reasons… I’ve done a lot of stories on the way food is processed in this country… it’s very disturbing. That was part of it. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite anymore and also health reasons.”

Meredith joins a long list of celebrities such as rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, President Bill Clinton, and country music star Carrie Underwood, that have recently switched to plant based or vegan lifestyles.

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