Sunday, November 26, 2006 // Features // American Idol’s Ruben Studdard Talks to PETA About Being Vegetarian

"American Idol crooner Ruben Studdard’s silky voice, combined with his rotund physique, earned him the nickname “Velvet Teddy Bear.” But one of the big stories about his “Return” this fall was how a chance encounter with a Seventh-Day Adventist leaflet, combined with a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure, inspired the former college football star to “clean up his temple” and adopt a vegetarian diet—a lifestyle change that has helped him shed pounds. "

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