Patricia De Leon Says, 'Go Vegetarian!'

Actor and former Miss Panama Patricia De León looks and feels great—something she credits to her vegetarian diet. The star of Telemundo's Perro Amor and TNT's Men of a Certain Age wants her fellow Latinos to know that a balanced plant-based diet dramatically lowers one's risk of serious health conditions, such as heart disease, certain types of cancer, strokes, and diabetes. Plus, vegetarians typically weigh less than their carnivorous counterparts.

"Growing up, I was always in and out of the hospital with stomach problems, and no one could figure out what was wrong," Patricia explains. "I decided to give up meat and become a vegetarian, and I haven't had stomach problems since! I love eating healthy, delicious vegetarian meals and the options are endless. No matter where I go, I can find vegetarian dishes that satisfy my hunger and my taste for great food."

Animals raised for food are kept in filthy, crowded conditions where they are deprived of their most basic needs and veterinary care. After a lifetime of suffering, these animals endure painful deaths. Cows have their throats cut while still conscious, and many pigs have their hair burned off while still alive. Going vegetarian saves the lives of more than 100 animals per year.

Learn more about Patricia's experiences with vegetarianism and her love of animals by checking out the behind-the-scenes interview from her PETA shoot here.

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