They say that everything has an equal and opposite effect, and it turns out that’s true for vegans as well.
For every radical and evangelistic vegan, there’s an idiot who insists on only eating meat.
Introducing the ‘carnivore diet’, which ranges from a near-zero carb plan built on meat, eggs and limited dairy, to extreme versions where people only consume meat, salt and water.
Why? Some people want to cut out carbs and some people are trolls.
Like this chap:
Scurvy should sort him out.
Moving on, here’s Newsweek with more on the carnivore diet:
As an actual diet plan, the carnivore diet is unevidenced pseudoscience, with its defensibility relying on the lack of hard research into the effects of an all-meat diet. As with many super restrictive diets, carnivores often report losing weight in their first few weeks on the plan.
Its claimed benefits—weight loss, reduced inflammation (a popular buzzword in diet fad circles), higher libido and lower blood pressure—are, so far, entirely anecdotal. As with the paleo diet, promoters of the carnivore diet often rely on appeals to nature, particularly the ahistoric claim that early humans consumed a nearly all-meat diet, thereby positioning the carnivore diet as more “natural” and attuned to human biology.
While meat does contain many vitamins and minerals that are good for you, it has almost zero micronutrients, which makes it potentially dangerous.
Just ask Alyssa Pike, RD, a registered dietitian and nutrition communications manager at the International Food Council Foundation.
She told Refinery29 the following:
Eating nothing but red meat could have some negative health consequences in the long run. For years, studies have linked eating red meat on a regular basis to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and “an elevated risk of mortality,” aka death. Of course, eating red meat isn’t going to kill you, but Pike says she typically recommends eating lean cuts of red meat no more than twice per week.
Also – and this is important- any diet that places certain foods on a “no-no” list can negatively affect your relationship with food and that’s a dark path to go down.
Human beings need a balanced diet to stay healthy. Best practice is to talk to a dietician (AKA a trained professional) who can help you figure out what you should and shouldn’t put in your body to achieve optimal results.
There are also balanced weekly meal kits to help you on your way, if that’s more your style.
Just remember, diets like the carnivore diet (and the fasting diet that’s been doing the rounds) were born on the internet, and that’s where they should stay.
I’m only going to say this once:
Stop. Getting. Your. Health. Info. From. Idiots. On. The. Internet.
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