Detroit cardiologist named PETA's 'Sexiest Vegan Over 50'

Dr. Joel Kahn advocates for a plant-based diet to combat heart disease

Dr. Joel Kahn

DETROIT - PETA named a Detroit cardiologist who owns a vegan restaurant in Ferndale its "Sexiest Vegan over 50" on Monday.

Dr. Joel Kahn received the honor from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He's a professor at Oakland University's Wiliam Beaumont School of Medicine and Wayne State University of Medicine, and owner of GreenSpace Cafe in Downtown Ferndale.

Kahn is the male winner of the contest held by PETA Prime, a resource for baby boomers. He beat out eight finalists to win a photo shoot at PETA's Bob Barker Building in Los Angeles and a gift basket from the PETA Catalog.

"Dr. Kahn is dedicated to spreading the word that healthy plant-based meals can stop heart attacks and save animals' lives," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA is recognizing Dr. Kahn for being both a tireless advocate for animals and living proof that vegan eating is key to staying fit, healthy, and active."

Kahn has been vegan for 40 years—and since 1990, he's been educating his patients about the research showing that a plant-based diet can reverse heart disease. He advocates for vegan nutrition and has spoken out against cruel and archaic experiments on animals. He is the author best-selling books, including "The Whole Heart Solution," and contributes to a number of media outlets.

In addition, Kahn—together with his wife of over 35 years, Karen, and their son, Daniel—runs GreenSpace Café, an artisanal plant-based restaurant and craft-cocktail bar in Ferndale.

The female winner of this year's contest is New York City resident Victoria Moran, vegan lifestyle coach and author of "Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully" and "Live Compassionately in the Real World."

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