Survivalist Bear Grylls Admits He Was ‘Wrong’ About Benefits of Veganism

Originally published May 12, 2023 11:01 pm PDT

Since eating meat, Bear Grylls has “never been better.”

  • TV host and survivalist Bear Grylls told The UK Telegraph that he is “embarrassed” by his previous push for veganism, having announced his leave from the diet in 2022.
  • Grylls now has a diet featuring red meat, eggs, and organs.
  • “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,” Grylls said in the interview, referring to his 2015 book “Fuel for Life.”
  • “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 realized I was wrong on both counts,” the survivalist continued.
  • Grylls added that the abundance of vegetables he consumed “never felt like it had given me any good nutrients compared to the nutrient density I get from basically blood or bone marrow – red meat.”
  • Grylls noted that his pro-meat diet is “counterculture” and has been the “biggest game-changer” for his health in improving his “vitality, wellbeing, strength, skin and gut.”
  • “And I find now I’m always full when I’m eating so much meat and eggs and butter and fruit and honey – I’m never hungry,” he stated. “I go out and I’ll order three burgers and get rid of all the buns and the fries and just have the burgers. I don’t crave junk food.”
  • Several other vegan influencers have shifted to incorporate animal products in their diets, many citing health concerns.
  • In 2019, influencer Alyse Parker started the Carnivore Diet, which highlights meats, eggs, and some dairy products, and stated she felt “more mentally clear, focused, wholesome, and healthy than I had felt in years.”
  • Also in 2019, Finnish blogger Virpi Mikkonen added butter, meat, and goat cheese into her diet after discovering her former vegan diet left her with hormonal issues.
  • Actress Anne Hathaway left her vegan diet and had Icelandic salmon, saying she felt like a “computer rebooting.”
  • American Faith reported that scientists have debunked the claim that eating meat is harmful to health and the environment.
  • The paper argues that unprocessed meat provides vitamin B12, retinol, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, and the metabolic compounds taurine and creatine.
  • A declaration in the paper states that livestock-derived foods “provide a variety of essential nutrients and other health-promoting compounds, many of which are lacking in diets even among those populations with higher incomes.”