Bear Grylls is known for his ability to survive even in the worst conditions. of Man vs. Wild star showed viewers how to survive in the wilderness for five years and seven seasons, so the legendary survivalist’s latest enemy comes as a bit of a surprise. During a recent interview with GQ, the former vegan revealed that he is against vegetables. In a shocking revelation, Grylls said GQ that he has abandoned his exclusive vegetable diet for a carnivore that contains red meat, dairy and some fruit.
“Super against nuts. And against grains, wheat and vegetables,” Grylls said. “My lunch is meat, eggs and dairy, lots of butter and fruit. I have liver maybe every other day.”
Grylls revealed that he decided to give up his plant-based diet when he contracted COVID-19 roughly two years ago. He claims he had “mega-kidney pain” when he mostly ate vegetables and drank raw juices. Linking this diet to his declining health, Grylls stated without evidence that raw vegetables “are really not good for you”. He justified this decision by asserting that the human body has evolved to eat meat.
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Grylls’ claims that humans evolved to eat red meat have been refuted by a growing portfolio of research. Examining 1.4 million meat eaters, a study published last July found that regularly eating red or processed meat increased the risk of heart disease by 18 percent. With heart disease affecting roughly 48 percent of the American population, concerns about meat consumption continue to rise nationwide.
Partially plant-based eating has been shown to help consumers stay healthy longer than the carnivore diet advocated by Grylls. Last August, a study found that the earlier you incorporate a plant-based diet, the more likely you are to lower your risk of heart disease nearly 30 years later. Tracking the dietary habits of 5,000 people between 1985 and 2018 revealed how positive a mostly plant-based diet is for longevity.
Despite Grylls’ reputation for survival instincts, the carnivore diet poses serious longevity risks. This February, a study in PLOS Medicine Journal found that a mostly plant-based diet can extend lifespan by over 10 years. This study pointed out that regular consumption of meat and dairy can lead to fatal diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.
Joe Rogan recently adopted the carnivore diet
Controversial podcast host Joe Rogan also advocates a carnivorous diet. Recently, Rogan revealed that he cut vegetables from his diet in favor of an exclusive meat diet. This happened almost three years after the host invited him Game changers producer James Wilks on his show to debate Paleo advocate Chris Kresser. During the interview, Rogan admitted that he was impressed with Wilks’ evidence of a plant-based diet, stating that he considered withdrawing his original critical review of the film.
“[James Wilks] one of the producers of Game changers came to challenge some of the criticisms Chris Kresser leveled at the film, and to say he did well would be a tremendous understatement.” Rogan wrote on Instagram at the time. “James knocked it out of the park and defended himself and the film quite spectacularly. So much so that I’m actually thinking of taking the original movie breakdown offline.”
The Grylls and Rogans’ affinity for the carnivore diet potentially deprives them and other dieters of essential plant-based nutrients such as polyphenols and fiber. Eating red meat can also lead to inflammation, slow recovery times and difficulty losing weight. Although an important source of protein, the carnivore diet excludes a significant amount of important nutrients.
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