To the vegan and vegetarian population, Natalie Portman, star of The Black Swan, has been somewhat of an icon. Since October 2009, Portman announced she was making the switch from vegetarian to vegan. She had been a vegetarian for many years, but decided to cut out all animal products from her diet, including milk and eggs.
Now, the mother-to-be has decided to become more lax with her diet. Earlier this week, Portman announced that she has started adding eggs and dairy products back into her diet.
“I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant. Just because I felt like I wanted that stuff, and I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of thing,” she said. “I know there are people who do stay vegan [during pregnancy], but I think you have to just be careful, watch your iron levels and your B12 levels and supplement those if there are things you might be low in your diet.”
Some of Natalie’s fans are really upset about her change of diet. Some are calling her “a hypocrite and a fake” because she has added a few animal by-products to her diet. But, really, does it matter if a pregnant woman is giving in to her cravings? It’s not like Natalie has become a full-fledged carnivore who drives a gas-guzzling truck. Nor is she encouraging other vegans to add dairy into their own diets.
In my opinion, Natalie should be able to eat whatever she wants to eat during her pregnancy. If she is having cravings for eggs, she should have eggs. In order to stay true to her beliefs though, she could consider eating only free-range eggs and organic milk. Free-range eggs come from chickens that are treated more humanely and allowed to roam, while organic milk comes from cows that do receive added hormones or antibiotics.
What do you think? Is Natalie making a big mistake by abandoning her vegan lifestyle, or is she on the right track to give her body the foods it is craving? Share your opinions below!
April 15th, 2011