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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  1. May 29, 2018 at 6:37 pm — Reply

    You are paid for by the meat industry and providing the wrong information to people, educate yourself and open your eyes:
    -Epic Oxford study
    -American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation – recommend that people aim for a dietary pattern that achieves 5%-6% of calories from saturated fat -You’re basically talking a plant based diet
    -Research TMAO!
    -75% lower even over health conscious meat eaters
    – Chronic inflammation when it comes to cardiovascular disease – Animal based products increases metabolic abnormalities associated with CVD making arterial plaque vulnerable rupture and thrombosis
    – CRP- Tests levels of inflammation: vegans have 0.57mg/l typical meat eater diet has 2.61mg/l significantly lower levels of inflammation
    – Oxidative stress: hyperglycemia/high cholesterol/high triglycerides causes oxidative stress and reduces oxidative defence system and increases lipid peroxides (It is the process in which free radicals “steal” electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage)
    – Saturated fat: affects blood cholesterol levels which is an important factor for heart disease. people should minimize their intake of saturated fats- 5-6% of calories from saturated fats- only achieved through a plant based diet

    Don’t feed people lies, America has an obesity epidemic, why do you think that is? because the meat industry is making you rich

    • Josh Christofferson
      June 26, 2018 at 1:17 pm — Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Nancy. I’m not sure if you were referring to me or to Chris Kresser. I know for a fact that I’m not paid by anyone, much less “the meat industry.” Did you watch the full video? Chris isn’t claiming one can’t be healthy on a vegan diet, he’s merely pointing out that one needs to supplement carefully in order to remain healthy, and that not everyone’s bodies respond in a positive manner. Any good vegan site will tell you the same thing.

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