Chris Kresser on the Negative Health Consequences of a Vegan Diet

There are plenty of people out there ready and willing to bash vegans and vegetarians. Ex-vegan Chris Kresser is not one of them. This clip from The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast hits a few of the common questions surrounding what some vegans might be missing from their diet.

He states right up front that he’s not out to convert anyone to a Paleo diet, which I can respect. He rightly acknowledges that some people can and do flourish on a vegan or vegetarian diet… some (if you do it “right” or have the right genetics for converting nutrients thoroughly). And this is the meat (pardon the pun) of what Chris and Joe discuss in this segment.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The importance of B12
  • The importance of nutrient dense foods like organ meats and mollusks.
  • How health science and ideology are often conflated.
  • The difficulty of doing a vegan diet “correctly.”
  • and more…

Check it out. I found it to be very interesting.

(This clip is taken from the Joe Rogan Experience podcast #842 with Chris Kresser:

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. He is the creator of, one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback in December 2014 as The Paleo Cure). Chris was recently named by as one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness, along with Michelle Obama, Michael Pollan, Dr. Andrew Weil, Tim Ferriss, Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf and Dr. Mercola—and his work is frequently cited in national publications such as Time, The Atlantic, and NPR, and on Dr. Oz and Fox & Friends, where he has appeared as a guest.

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