James Blunt got scurvy after eating nothing but meat to spite his vegan mates

Yvonne O'Halloran

Singer-songwriter James Blunt claims that he developed scurvy after adopting a diet consisting of chicken, ground beef and mayonnaise for two months.

He was studying aerospace manufacturing, engineering and sociology at the University of Bristol at the time and started the carnivore diet to spite fellow vegan and vegetarian classmates.

Also known as ‘sailors disease’, scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C resulting in bleeding gums, skin rashes, muscle weakness and fatigue.

Admitting his past diagnosis on the podcast ‘table manners’ he stated: “On the engineering side [of my course] there were 170 men – and only three girls. And then on the sociology side of things there were 170 girls and only three boys, of which all the girls were vegetarian or vegans.”

So 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.”

The meat heavy diet caused Blunt to develop the disease which used to afflict 18th century sailors and is quite rare nowadays. Perhaps waving ‘goodbye my lover’ to fresh fruit wasn’t a smart move after all.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom


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