If you follow online discussions regarding veganism, you’ll often see the snotty, “But there are no vegan centenarians, because it’s a deficient and difficult diet!” There are a few variations on the theme, all equally snarky, and deceitful. Aw, how precious anti-vegan crusaders are.
Serious vegans (those in it for good as opposed to the flaky betrayers) are only roughly 4–10% of the world’s population, and still we have an impressive number of semi-well-known vegans from their 70s to well over 100. Not only that, considering their advanced years, they’re unusually healthy and fit. Following are thirteen of them in order of longevity, just for a dose of vegan pride as well as some irrefutable evidence of the great health and long lives smart vegan eating is responsible for.
(Note: I don’t necessarily agree with the approaches of all of them, as with Robert Lockhart being a strict raw fruitarian, but to each his/her own as long as you’re healthy and not contributing to animal abuse/slaughter.)
Premsai Patel, age 118 in 2014, long-time vegan, retired government teacher in India.
Missi Devi, (no picture available) 105 years old in 2007, Indian Jain, long-time vegan. She was one of the most honored people in India.
Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, long-time vegan heart surgeon, retired at 95, now 103 and still going.
Donald Watson, founder of Vegan Society, died at 95.
Thich Nhat Hahn, 91, Vietnamese Buddhist monk in France, long-time vegan.
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, 84, surgeon, vegan since 1984.
Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., 83, runner and ironman triathlete, vegan for over 30 years after being diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer.
Mimi Kirk, 79, vegan for over 40 years, looks amazing.
Annette Larkins, 76, long-time vegan, beautiful and looks to be in her 40s.
Robert Lockhart, 74, vegan for over 40 years, still an athlete.
Karyn Calabrese, 71 and beautiful, author and restaurant owner, vegan for over 47 years. She’s called Chicago’s vegan queen.
John Robbins, 70, author of Diet for a New America among others, long-time vegan, from Baskin-Robbins ice-cream family.
Many more impressive long-time vegans of all ages can be found here: https://vegvisits.com/blog/anyone-can-be-vegan