Cam Newton recently compared himself to a lion, but he doesn't eat like one.
The New England Patriots quarterback has been vegan -- meaning he doesn't eat meat, dairy or any animal products -- since February 2019. Newton explained the benefits of his plant-based diet over the weekend in a commercial for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
"I've seen such a remarkable change in the way my body responds to the food that I eat," Newton said in the video.
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The 6-foot-5, 245-pound QB also insisted he's still able to get enough protein and other necessary nutrients while cutting out meat.
"A person may ask, 'How do you get your protein?' " Newton said. "You get it in the same way that they get it, know what I'm saying? The more cleaner, more fresher way."
The vegan diet isn't without its critics: A nutritionist told the Charlotte Observer last fall that Newton's plant-based diet may affect his body's ability to recover.
But the 31-year-old quarterback is one of many professional athletes who have gone vegan in recent years, including Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell and former Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving.
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Newton's New England predecessor, Tom Brady, isn't vegan but also swears by a heavily-plant-based diet.
Patriots fans are hoping Newton eats whatever helps him stay on the field in 2020: The three-time Pro Bowler played just two games last season due to a foot injury that required offseason surgery and dealt with a shoulder injury in 2018 that also required surgery.
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