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Bear Grylls ditches vegan diet, explains why he now embraces carnivore lifestyle: 'The biggest game-changer'

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Survivalist Bear Grylls admitted in a new interview that he is "embarrassed" that he once followed a vegan lifestyle, revealing he now does the complete opposite.

In a new interview, Grylls explained is mea culpa for once advocating for veganism.

"I was vegan quite a few years ago — in fact, I wrote a vegan cookbook — and I feel a bit embarrassed because I really promoted that," he said. "I thought that was good for the environment and I thought it was good for my health. And through time and experience and knowledge and study, I realised I was wrong on both counts."

Now, Grylls embraces a "counterculture way of living" — he mostly eats red meat, organs, raw dairy, honey, and fruit — what he describes as "natural food" that is consistent with what humanity's ancestors ate.

"Out of all the different things I do for my health, I think that’s probably been the biggest game-changer, in the sense of improving my vitality, wellbeing, strength, skin and gut," he explained. "It's just been getting away from the processed stuff and making the predominant thing in my diet red meat and liver and the natural stuff — fruit, honey, that sort of thing. It’s just about finding a more ancestral way of living."

What is carnivore?

The carnivore diet has become an internet craze over the last few years — and for good reason.

Modern Western society has been overwhelmed with metabolic diseases, like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and obesity. People who adhere to a carnivore diet — either strictly meat and saturated fat, or modified with raw dairy, raw honey, and fruit — have discovered they not only drop unwanted fat but they often describe they've never felt better.

The theory is that a carbohydrate-heavy diet, plants (i.e. vegetables), and the consumption of seed oils — those the American Heart Association claim are "healthy cooking oils" — produce chronic inflammation, gut trouble, and negatively impact hormones.

In 2021, an Oxford nutrition journal published the results of a study about the carnivore diet showing, for example, that nearly every participant who had Type 2 diabetes put their disease into remission through a carnivore lifestyle. Nearly every participant who had a chronic or metabolic disease experienced resolution or an improvement in their condition, the study found, while participants lost an average of 20 pounds.

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