Reading Time: 2 minutes Rogan was impressed by The Game  Changers producer James Wilks' evidence for a plant-based diet (Photo: YouTube/JRE)
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Joe Rogan has admitted it is possible to follow a 100 percent vegan diet – and be healthy.

The comedian made the comments during a recent episode of his hugely popular podcast the Joe Rogan Experience, while he was talking to The Smoking Tire host Matt Farah.

The Game Changers

The recording of this interview followed an almost four-hour debate Rogan hosted earlier that day between The Game Changers co-producer James Wilks* and acupuncturist and Paleo diet advocate Chris Kresser.

Kresser had criticized the film on a previous episode, and branded it ‘vegan propaganda’. Rogan invited Wilks onto the show to give him an opportunity to defend his film.

‘Knocked it out the park’

Following the debate, Rogan took to Instagram, saying he was so impressed by Wilks’ performance he was considering removing Kresser’s episode blasting the movie.

He wrote: “[James Wilks] one of the producers of The Game Changers came on to challenge some of the criticism that Chris Kresser presented about the movie, and to say he did well would be a tremendous understatement.

“James knocked it out of the park and defended himself and the film quite spectacularly. So much so that I’m actually considering taking the original breakdown of the film offline.”

‘You can be healthy’

Speaking with Farah, the topic of veganism came up, with Rogan admitting he was impressed by the science Wilks presented.

“I mostly wound up agreeing with the guy who made The Game Changers documentary,” he said. “In terms of science, in terms of whether or not it’s healthy to eat a 100 percent vegan diet, according to everything he’s shown me, it is. He had as much science as you could…it’s just a matter of doing it properly.”

He added: “I think you can definitely be healthy and be vegan, according to everything this guy was showing me…everything James Wilks was showing me.”

He later added that he felt omnivorous diets are the ‘thing to do’, but added again that ‘if you’re doing [a vegan diet] correctly…it makes sense to me’.

*James Wilks co-produced The Game Changers with Joseph Pace, who was also a writer on the film.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.