“I changed my mind-set away from vegetables are great to realising we’ve had millions of years of evolution where we’re designed to eat meat and milk and eggs.”
British adventurer Bears Gryll has revealed he is no longer vegan – and blamed the diet for ‘affecting his health negatively’.
The “Man vs. Wild” star made the comments in an interview with GQ.
He told the magazine: “[I] was a massive advocate of the vegan lifestyle for years, and wrote a book on it, but my health tanked on it.”
He added: “Super against nuts. And against grains, wheat, and vegetables. They affected my health negatively.
“When I got COVID a couple years ago, I doubled down on what I thought was healthy—raw juice, vegetables—and got mega-sore kidneys, almost kidney stones.”
According to him, it was only after he started incorporating quality grass-fed steak, liver, eggs and dairy, along with butter and fruit that he started to get strong again.
‘Changed my mind-set‘
While Grylls believes he’s over vegetables at this point in his life, he hasn’t taken them out of his diet entirely.
He said: “I changed my mind-set away from vegetables are great to realising we’ve had millions of years of evolution where we’re designed to eat meat and milk and eggs. And fruit—sweet, bright colours—and a lot of honey. It’s made eating a lot more fun.”
He adds, “I have combinations of eggs fried in butter, greek yoghurt with honey and berries. Before I’d think, ‘Oh, I have to have a salad.’ It’s a revolution to me.”
Vegan diet and kidney stones
Despite the claims about a vegan diet and kidney stones, acclaimed physician Dr. Michael Greger has clearly highlighted how ‘anyone can overdo the three high-oxalate greens—spinach, beet greens, and Swiss chard’.
Moreover, in his post Treating Kidney Stones with Diet, he referenced several studies that show how ‘excessive consumption of animal protein poses a greater risk of kidney stone formation due to the acid load contributed by the high content of sulphur-containing amino acids in animal protein’.
According to Greger: “The most important things we can do diet-wise is to drink 10 to 12 cups of water a day, reduce animal protein, reduce salt, and eat more vegetables and more vegetarian.”
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