Oxalate toxicity forced Liam Hemsworth to quit his vegan diet

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“I had to completely rethink what I was putting in my body.” ex- Vegan Liam Hemsworth

Lauren Williamson
Men’s Health
Mon, 06 Apr 2020 09:53 UTC

Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth had long been a proponent of veganism after making the switch the plant-based eating back in 2015, but in this month’s issue of Men’s Health the Aussie actor revealed he’s transitioned away from the diet for health reasons.

“The first two years, I felt great,” he says. “I felt my energy was high. I felt like my body was strong, cardio was high, everything felt really good.”

However, the 30-year-old says that began to change in early 2019.

“February last year I was feeling really low and lethargic and wasn’t feeling good generally,” he said. “And then I got a kidney stone.”

Hemsworth’s ailment was what is known in medical circles as a calcium oxalate stone. The painful stone formed due to an excessively high level of oxalate – a chemical compound found in nuts, spinach, legumes and bran – in his diet. These were foods Hemsworth was consuming in epic proportions. By the time he was hospitalised, the actor’s morning smoothie alone consisted of five handfuls of spinach, almond milk, almond butter and vegan protein.

“That was what I considered super healthy and doing the right thing,” he says. “I had to completely rethink what I was putting in my body.”

While Hemsworth now openly admits his vegan days are behind him, he’s quick to recognise that although it didn’t end well for him, others may have a different, more positive experience.

“If something works for a period of time, great, keep doing it,” he advises. “If something changes and you’re not feeling great, then you’ve got to reassess it again and then figure it out.”

The episode involved a complete overhaul of his diet as he took stock of what he put into his body. It included an almost six-month stint of sobriety.

“I want to have optimal health at all times,” he says. “I want my mental health to be strong and I want my body to feel good.”

Lauren Williamson is the Digital Content Manager for Women’s Health and Men’s Health. She’s an experienced journalist, editor and social media fiend who’s well versed in reporting on everything from food trends to fitness, health news to haircare. She has a double degree in Journalism and Political Science.

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2 thoughts on “Oxalate toxicity forced Liam Hemsworth to quit his vegan diet

  1. This mans overeating certain types of food and getting kidney stones has nothing to do with him being a vegan .
    Anyone eating excess of nuts, spinach, legumes and bran get calcium oxalate stones kidney stones.
    Cats and dogs with all meat diets get them.
    Nothing in excess.
    Flesh is for Zombies.

    1. Thanks Aroha
      The mans dietery issues did in fact relate to his switch to a vegan diet. As the article says, everyone is different and some may have a great experience with veganism. I do know several happy and devoted Vegans who seem perfectly healthy, but they do have to manage their diets very carefully in order to be that way.
      “Flesh is for zombies”. Nope. Actually there are strong correlations between the increase in intelligence/brain size among our distant ancestors and the rise of omnivorism in our diets.
      At the end of the day it’s your choice which you are fortunately free to choose.
      Current farming methods and treatment of animals leaves much to be desired and I’m all for better treatment of livestock and a less intensive approach to farming, but humans have hunted animals to extinction prior to discovering farming: at least farming is viable. Omnivorism has been a natural condition for humans for hundreds of thousands of years: It’s the way we manage it that counts.
      Thought: How does an Innuit tribe go Vegan? Or an Amazonian Indian?
      Veganism is for wealthy Westerners who aren’t too hungry to contemplate dietary choices and can afford meat and dairy alternatives.

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