Chik-fil-A Franchise Owner Goes Vegan, Cures Diabetes

Robert Kluttz gave up a lifelong addiction to chicken and soda to successfully treat diabetes with a plant-based diet.


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Robert Kluttz owned two Chik-fil-A franchises when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Prior to adopting a plant-based diet in 2013, Kluttz regularly ate a chicken biscuit for breakfast, fried chicken for lunch, and drank 15 sodas per day. Kluttz learned that his blood sugar was three times above average after a debilitating stroke, brought on by fat blockage in one of his arteries, sent him to the hospital. Kluttz soon had to take eight different medications as well as four insulin shots daily. He followed the Diabetes Diet, which includes animal products, and saw no improvement to his health. In search of an alternative, Kluttz met general practitioner Sven Jonsson, MD, who suggested that he switch to an oil-free, vegan diet—which Jonsson has advocated for his diabetes patients after numerous scientific studies proved them effective in treating the disease. After nine months, Kluttz returned to a healthy weight, lowered his cholesterol levels, and stabilized his blood sugar. “I am 61, but I feel like I am 30,” Kluttz said. “When I accepted the new way of eating, I got my strength back. I am getting a second chance in life.”