Queen Bey’s flirtation with weird new diets puts her at risk of becoming an angry vegan — Nicolle Flint
Bis for Beyoncé and B is for Bacon. Now, you might not think the Queen of Pop and Aussie pork have much in common. And you’d be right.
Sadly for Beyoncé, or ‘‘Queen Bey’’ as she is known to her fans, she’s gone vegan. Well not just vegan, but gluten-free, soy-free, organic and non-GMO.
Beyoncé’s lapse into the dark recesses of obsessivecompulsive food consumption is disappointing in a number of ways, but mainly because this week is Aussie Bacon Week (which I’ll get to in a minute).
Her flirtation with veganism places her at risk of two things.
First, is the risk of becoming an angry vegan. Of all the criticisms and comments my columns attract, the nastiest are from vegans.
There’s a group of vegans out there who are particularly vicious. They don’t want to engage in debates about meateating versus non-meat eating. Instead, they launch straight into personal attacks.
Second, Queen Bey’s vegan diet places her at risk of joining the ranks of super-wealthy celebrities with weird food habits. As recently reported by news.com.au, Beyoncé apparently claims that (after adopting a plant-based diet), “I felt like my skin was really firm. A lot tighter than when I deprived myself of food and got the weight off fast.”
But Queen Bey isn’t any worse than other super-rich and famous types.
For example, according to Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest cookbook she avoids shellfish, deepwater fish, meat, coffee, alcohol, dairy, eggs, sugar, wheat, soy or anything processed. Notably, just after their separation, Gwyneth’s ex-hus- band Chris Martin said he was so hungry he could eat a giraffe.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson thinks we should consider eating insects. Microsoft founder Bill Gates wants us to eat fake meat grown in laboratories. And former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has been a lifelong vegetarian and promotes Meat Free Mondays.
These celebrities want us to reject the sorts of foods the 795 million people worldwide who don’t have enough food each day can’t even imagine eating, let alone giving up.
There appears to be a direct link between the more rich and famous you are and the more inclined you are to give up really good food. Dairy and meat efficiently deliver a range of essential nutrients and protein.
Which brings us back to Aussie Bacon Week. It’s hard to believe it was a whole 12 months ago that we last engaged in our national celebration of smoked and cured pig, which reminded us there is nothing tastier than homegrown Aussie bacon.
I like to think this is due to the fact Australian pork producers aren’t subsidised, unlike their European and Canadian competitors who are. I like to think we can taste our free market in action.
But it could just be that our bacon is better-treated than most. Our pigs benefit from some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world.
And, of course, Aussie farmers know how to breed tasty pork.
That’s why, if I was the super-wealthy Beyoncé, I wouldn’t be giving up meat. This week I’d be using my billions to fly in bucket loads of Aussie-grown bacon.