Stephen Colbert: "I became a vegan" [VIDEO]

Earlier this week, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, host and comedian Stephen Colbert told guest and vegan actor Woody Harrelson that he had adopted a vegan diet. During the exchange, Colbert stated:

"I got a favor to ask you. You're a famous vegan, right? You're a well-known vegan. And I became a vegan at 9:00am this morning. I lost a bet with a friend of mine, and the bet is I have to be a vegan for 17 days ... how do I get my protein, man? How am I going to survive as a vegan?"

Harrelson used the example of apes being vegetarian to explain to Colbert that while protein is important, a deficiency is not as common as people think. He added that Colbert would be "living large in the next 17 days."

Shortly after this episode, Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) uploaded a video stating that Colbert "won that bet" and encouraged him to add an additional four days to make it to the "magic 21 days that it takes to start a new habit."

You can watch the exchange between Colbert and Harrelson below (discussion on veganism begins at 4:10):

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Lena Tachdjian is a certified nutritionist and a writer, who splits her time between Canada and Armenia. She writes about nutrition, health, food, recipes, culture, travel, animal rights, and more. You can follow her on her nutrition and travel blog

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