You’ve probably heard of the Liver King, the man who became famous all over the world for eating raw organs.
His mission is to “teach, preach, and model the Ancestral message so that it becomes mainstream,” and he gained widespread attention after being the subject of a podcast by Joe Rogan.
During an episode, Rogan said of the Liver King, “he has got an ass filled with steroids, is what that guy’s got,” implying that the Liver King’s eating habits were just a gimmick.
Since then, the influencer has refuted the allegations, saying, “I don’t touch the stuff,” and expressed his appreciation to Rogan for “bringing me into his ecosystem,” adding that he hopes to appear on the latter’s podcast in the near future.
Who is the Liver King?
Influencer and self-proclaimed “CEO of the ancestral lifestyle,” 45-year-old Brian Johnson is better known as “the Liver King” online.
He only started using social media in August 2021, but his raw-organ meat diet and ripped physique have already earned him over 1.5 million Instagram followers and 2.5 million on TikTok. According to him, “honouring our ancestors” is the ultimate goal.
A lot of his videos have gone viral, and they mostly just show him working out, talking on podcasts, and eating raw meat.
Eating the heart of a healthy, strong animal will strengthen your own heart, he claimed in one of his videos, in case you ever find yourself struggling with a weak one.
What Does He Believe?
Like some wild animals, the Liver King suggests intense exercise and the raw liver that is favoured by others as part of his nine “ancestral tenets” (sleep, eat, move, shield, connect, cold, sun, fight, bond) (“lions, great whites, and other wild alpha organisms”).
According to an interview he gave to GQ, he consumes about a pound of raw liver daily, though he recommends starting with three ounces, twice a week.
“Please don’t take what I say as medical advice, as I am neither a hospital nor a doctor. But I do have a degree in biochemistry, “His website contains an explanation.
What Have People said?
According to molecular biologist Jonathan Jarry, the strange diet “suffers from a core assumption: that we know that all of our ancestors ate the same food,”
It’s based on sketchy evidence and generalisations, and it “groups together populations that had a highly varied intake of animal meat.”
Furthermore, he said, “accumulating evidence suggests that a diet high in red meat may increase the risk of cancer, and the Liver King’s apparent lack of fruits and vegetables may be leading to deficiencies in micronutrients, phytochemicals, and fibre.”
Consuming a pound of the raw liver is risky due to Vitamin A toxicity, according to NYU’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Marion Nestle.
To which MyProtein replied: “It’s true that the Liver King is an advocate for his diet, but you shouldn’t follow his lead. Many of the things he claims to do are not practical for most people, and there are many high-protein, high-iron foods that can be included in a more balanced diet.”
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