Singer James Blunt has shared that he got scurvy from an “all meat” diet to take a stand against his vegan and vegetarian friends.

The British singer ate nothing from chicken and mince for two months and was eventually diagnosed with scurvy, a disease from a lack of Vitamin C.

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Blunt spoke about the experience on the Table Manners podcast, “Out of principle I decided I’d become a carnivore and just lived on mince, some chicken, maybe with some mayonnaise. And it took me about six to eight weeks to get very unhealthy and see a doctor, who then said ‘I think you’ve got the symptoms of scurvy’. He said you are really lacking in vitamin C so I took it upon myself to drink orange juice every night – then I nearly developed acid reflux.”

Azmina Govindji, the spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, said scurvy was fairly uncommon in the United Kingdom and encouraged everyone to eat a healthy diet.

Govidndji said, “Completely taking away fruit, vegetables, beans and other plant-based foods can set you up for low levels of vitamin C, fibre and potassium: not having enough vitamin C can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Certain types of fibre such as oats and barley can reduce your blood cholesterol levels; and potassium helps your heart muscle to work properly. Conversely, a well-designed plant-based diet, with the addition of vitamin B12, can be nutritionally adequate.”

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