Mark Wahlberg Goes Vegan for His Health

March 8, 2020
Article by Livekindly

Mark Wahlberg says that he “feels good” on a plant-based diet. The actor has been eating exclusively vegan food for his health.

In an episode of “Vs The Internet,” a Men’s Health YouTube series, the star of “The Fighter” (2010) answered reader questions. One fan asked “bro, do you fast?”

Wahlberg replied that “Normally, I never fast.” The video shows a photo of the 48-year-old’s physique. “In this particular shot, I was eating eight meals a day,” he added.

During that time, his eight meals a day consisted of “sometimes steak two times a day. Just eating like, chicken, fish, steak, pork. I found myself towards the end of the movie, six months in, having a leaky gut.” While he did a “bone broth fast,” Wahlberg has since cut animal products out of his diet.

“I’ve been eating just plant-based for about three weeks now,” he continued. “And I gotta tell you, I feel really good. It’s been nice.”

 

Plant-Based Diets and Gut Health

According to Marcelo Campos, MD, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and primary care doctor at Harvard Vanguard, the animal product-heavy Standard American Diet (SAD) may be a key driver of leaky gut syndrome.

This is because SAD is “low in fiber and high in sugar and saturated fats,” he told Harvard Health. Campos added that eating a eat “a nutritious, unprocessed diet that includes foods that help quell inflammation (and avoids foods known to trigger inflammation).”

According to Harvard Health, foods that cause inflammation include red and processed meat, French fries and other fried foods, refined carbohydrates, soda, and margarine, shortening, and lard. Anti-inflammatory foods include leafy greens, tomatoes, berries, and nuts.

Wahlber also shared a video of his breakfast with his 14.5 million followers, which consisted of vegan of green juice, vegan pancakes, and Ezekial bread with butter.

Wahlburgers x Impossible Foods

The Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor co-owns the fast-casual burger chain Wahlburgers, which he opened with his brothers, chef Paul Wahlberg and actor Donnie Wahlberg in 2011. The Hingham, Massachusetts-based restaurant added the plant-based Impossible Burger to the menu in January 2018.

“Our customers have been asking for a delicious, meatless option and we are always looking for new ways to boost the Wahlburgers experience for our guests,” Paul said in a press release.

Wahlberg apparently started eating more plant-based food after the chain added launched the Impossible Burger. In March 2018, TMZ spotted him dining with NFL Patriots tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski at the newly-opened Miami-based vegan restaurant, Planta.

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