Nick & Nate Diaz Talk Veganism on Parts Unknown [VIDEO]
When I first heard a portion of Anthony Bourdain’s infamous quote on vegetarianism and veganism from his book Kitchen Confidential, I was convinced it was fake. It was just too clickbait-y, too over-the-top, too aggressive. While I had no interest in reading the book itself, the quote is real, and you can read it in its entirety here. And they say vegans are the judgmental ones, right?
When I found out UFC fighters and brothers Nick and Nate Diaz were going to be featured on Parts Unknown, a travel and food show hosted by Bourdain, it made me think of the time Joe Rogan–who has claimed vegan athletes do not get enough nutrients–congratulated Nate, a then loud and proud vegan, on his “spectacular victory” against Conor McGregor during the UFC 196. While there was no noteworthy debate surrounding veganism in the season 9 premiere of the show, the brothers, along with UFC Lightweight Gilbert Melendez, chatted with Bourdain about food while eating at Mariscos Chente in Los Angeles.
When Bourdain asked the brothers what they ate growing up, they responded with mac ‘n cheese, hotdogs, and “ghetto juice,” with Melendez stating he ate rice and beans with some sort of protein, adding that while he is “not vegetarian,” he “learned a lot” from the brothers. Nick stated:
“I was like pretty much vegan for years really, like I stopped eating land animals period, like I was vegetarian, but I’ve been eating seafood on and off, but I’ve been vegetarian since I was 18 years old. I would just be better cutting weight when I would just go on like a vegetarian diet. I end up, you know, nice and light, and then I’d get stronger. Once he [Nate] started fighting pro too, I think he started doing the same type of thing.”
While Nate has stated in past interviews that he eats plant-based, credits his diet for being “at the top of the game,” and likes “to promote the vegan industry,” it seems that he is eating shrimps with the rest of his table in the short clip. When Bourdain followed up asking what they eat when going out, Nate stated:
“I go to Venice Beach, I go to Cafe Gratitude. And that’s a really good place. Vegan, vegetarian all the way.”
While Bourdain responded by professing his love for In-N-Out Burger, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu fan may just have had his negative outlook of vegans as constantly sick and weak challenged, considering his company. You can watch the segment below:
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