‘Morally, I still wish I was’: Zac Efron explains why he gave up being vegan after just two years
Actor Zac Efron explained why he quit being vegan, claiming his body wasn't 'processing the vegetables in the right way'
LOS ANGELES: Zac Efron recently said that he wished he was still vegan from a "moral" perspective. He has spoken candidly about the factors that influenced his decision to quit his vegan diet, that he had been following since 2018.
In a recent interview with Men's Health, the 34-year-old Baywatch actor, who was a vegan for two years, was open about his decision to reintegrate meat into his diet. Efron claimed that after two years of a plant-based diet, he started to feel exhausted. He said that his effort at veganism had been motivated by his 'Down to Earth' co-host Darin Olien.
“My body wasn’t processing the vegetables in the right way. So, I decided to stop it and try something new,” the actor said, adding that he decided to try intermittent fasting and reintroduce all items to his diet. Efron claimed that after completing a number of food sensitivity tests, he has now decided to follow a protein-heavy diet in which he consumes apple cider vinegar before each of his two meals, which always include meat.
The actor, who has maintained intermittent fasting, claims that his diet now calls for him to break his fast at 11 am with a bone broth soup and vegetables accompanied by a "clean protein" such as elk or chicken. Later in the day, Efron eats another meal that includes additional meat and "a healthy carbohydrate like sweet potatoes or quinoa." In addition to feeling healthier, Efron can now once more enjoy one of his favourite foods: organ meats, thanks to the actor's conversion from a vegan diet to a high protein one, which he said his body prompted him to do.
“This is kind of weird, but I really like organ meats. I love liver and onions,” the 'High School Musical' star told Men’s Health. Although Efron no longer consumes vegan food, he acknowledged that he does lament the shift in his way of life since "morally" he still wants to be a vegan. “Morally, of course, I still wish I was vegan,” he said. Miley Cyrus claimed in 2020 that she stopped eating a vegan diet because her brain "wasn't functioning properly," making Efron not the first famous person to transition back to a 'meat-also' diet.