With all of the vegan baby buzz in the air, from Kat Von D to Amy Davis, mainstream media outlets are beginning to take an interest. Us Weekly recently interviewed actress Natalie Portman on why she went vegan and chose to raise her children on a plant-based diet. The media site opened with one of the most pressing questions parents have when they discover they are going to have a child, \u201cWhy go vegan during pregnancy?\u201d Portman made the switch while she was pregnant with her first child, Aleph, just over 7 years ago. The star read \u201cEating Animals,\u201d Jonathan Safran Foer's 2009 memoir about the livestock industry and the ethical considerations of meat-eating, which changed her perspective on what she considered food. Animal products no longer fit in with her new line of thinking. She told US Weekly, \u201cI think it just really made me aware of how the factory farming world doesn\u2019t let us see what\u2019s going on. It\u2019s so hidden, and you\u2019re not even allowed to talk about it. They sue people for even talking about the industry, and it\u2019s because there\u2019s a lot to hide. When you see what\u2019s in the film, what\u2019s been lost with the traditional farming \u2026. American farmers have been really sacrificed at the expense of this kind of corporate model. Putting millions of animals into small spaces with terrible conditions and having them be sick. And then the human effect of, like, the pollution that it creates and the health problems it creates. It\u2019s really hard not to want to change.\u201d However, Portman affirmed that she does not want for anything. \u201cI have been able to find over the years really great products\u2026There\u2019s like tempeh bacon, you know, coconut yogurt, cheese made out of cashews and all sorts of delicious things that they\u2019ve figured out that are great replacements for those things you crave.\u201d Portman instilled this lifestyle of compassion within her two children as well. Both Aleph (7) and Amalia (15 months) eat plant-based. She explained that her kids have gotten used to vegan food and that it \u201ccomes really naturally.\u201d Portman did mention that sometimes the kids get inquisitive when they see their dad, Benjamin Millepied, eat animal products. Portman\u2019s husband is not vegan, but the pair has found a system that works. When Aleph asks why his dad eats certain things and she doesn\u2019t, Portman explains to him, \u201cI became vegetarian when I was nine because, you know, you watch cartoons and animals have feelings and talk to each other and You think of them as, like, emotive creatures, not as dinner.\u201d The star also noted that she does not fight her husband or try to sway him to the vegan side. \u201cI think that you always want to be respectful of other people\u2019s choices. I don\u2019t want anyone to ever give me a hard time about my choices.\u201d She also mentioned that people tend to pick up on each other\u2019s habits when living together, and she affirmed that Millepied has become \u201cmore conscious\u201d of his food choices. Portman\u2019s latest work involves her narration of the new film, \u201cEating Animals,\u201d which is now screening in select theaters.