Will and Jada Smith have revealed they've been increasingly concerned about their son Jaden's health; so much so that they had to stage an intervention.
Jaden has been a vegan for several years, even starting a service that gifts meat and dairy-free meals to the homeless. But it seems like the Smith power couple was uncomfortable with their son's condition, admitting they thought he wasn't getting enough nutrition.
Speaking on Jada's Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, Smith's mum said: "Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden because he's a vegan now, but we realised he wasn't getting enough protein.
"So he was wasting away. He just looked drained, he was just depleted, he wasn't getting the nutrients."
Will added: "There was even a little greyness to his skin. We got really nervous. But you're definitely looking better now."
While there might be people who would rebuke this concern and tell them there's nothing to worry about, Jaden listened and changed his lifestyle.
"I also just wanna say that I'm vegetarian, that I've tried to be vegan. I'm vegetarian, you know, I've tried to eat vegan meals. I'll go vegan for a week or so but for the past year I've been vegetarian," the musician and actor said.
Jaden explained that his lack of nutrition was due to missing meals because he wasn't bothered to make food.
You have to be pretty on the ball when it comes to starting a vegan lifestyle. Because you're not eating meat and dairy, you obviously have to find other sources to make it up, rather than just eat more lettuce.
Interestingly, a study found going vegetarian has its drawbacks as well.
The study, conducted by the Medical University of Graz in Austria, found that low consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol due to a higher intake of fruits and vegetables seemed to carry a higher risk of cancer, allergies and mental health problems.
Using data obtained from the Austrian Health Interview Survey, researchers examined the dietary habits and lifestyle differences between meat-eaters and vegetarians.
Researchers matched 1,320 subjects according to their age, sex, and socioeconomic status.
These included 330 vegetarians, 330 who ate meat but still consumed a lot of fruit and veg, 300 regular eaters who ate less meat and 330 heavy meat-eaters.
Results indicated that despite the vegetarians drinking less alcohol and having lower BMI, they were still in worse physical and mental condition than their meat-eating counterparts.
Subjects who ate less meat were also found to have adverse health habits, such as avoiding going to the doctors.
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