Chelsea Handler says she won’t go vegan because ‘vegan people fart a lot’

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The 45-year-old follows a vegetarian diet and is open to ‘not eating animals’.

Chelsea Handler has cited one of the most outlandish reasons for not adopting a complete plant-based diet.

According to her ‘vegans fart a lot’, and is a strong enough reason to put her off.

The comedian gave her opinion during a WIRED Autocomplete Interview, where celebrities answer the internet’s most searched questions about themselves.

She answered: “I think vegan people fart. A lot. And I have been around them, and I’ve smelled their farts, and I’m not interested in being vegan because of that.”

She added: “Although I’m down with being a vegetarian, and not eating animals. I’m ready to go in that direction.”

These comments come after Handler told Health that she had given up excessive drinking, overhauled her diet, starting meditating and exercising regularly following therapy.

Her diet for the day typically includes fresh celery juice first thing in the morning followed by a breakfast of scrambled egg whites with Parmesan, garlic, onion, and hot peppers.

She opts for fresh, flavorful food, such as grilled oysters with a side of steamed green vegetables for lunch.

While she may snack on a salad in the afternoon, her dinner comprises a lean protein, such as fish with blueberries making an ideal late-night snack.

Side effects of a plant-based diet

Although Chandler’s reasons for not going plant-based seem bizarre, it is true that going vegan can lead to initial phases of increased flatulence.

But it is definitely not a good enough reason to ditch the lifestyle for it offers a slew of other health benefits namely better cardiometabolic health, and more protection against diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

According to the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, plant-based foods are high in fibre – a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest- and the gut bacteria that feed on it produce gas as a byproduct.

However, this is temporary as research suggests that a plant-based diet eventually changes the gut microbiome and promotes the growth of beneficial microflora that thrive on a high-fibre, plant-rich diet.

In addition, chewing food slowly, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly are some handy habits that can help reduce excess gas formation whilst one transitions to a plant-based lifestyle.

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