Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have opened up about the concern they felt for their son Jaden after he lost a significant amount of weight. During a recent episode of the family’s Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, the Smiths discussed diets, their relationship with food, and how they stepped in as parents when they believed that Jaden was undernourished.
“Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein,” said Jada. “So he was wasting away. He just looked drained, he was just depleted, he wasn’t getting the nutrients.” Will added: “He had the dark circles under his eyes, there was even a little grayness to his skin.”
“I’m vegetarian, I have tried to eat vegan meals,” said Jaden. “I’ll go vegan for a week or so but for the past year I’ve been vegetarian. But everything else you guys are saying is right.”
“We got really nervous, but you are definitely looking better now,” said Will.
It’s an old myth that going vegan will result in anemia or malnutrition, but you won’t get sick if you take a healthy approach. In fact, new research published in The Journal of Nutrition indicates that vegans are overwhelmingly healthier than the meat-eating population, with high levels of antioxidants which can help lower risk of diseases such as cancer.
However, as Jada pointed out, people who are considering going vegan need to consider finding alternative sources of protein and iron to meat. In need of inspiration? Check out these vegan recipes which contain more protein than a hamburger.