Meat Only

I was looking into the trend on TikTok at the moment were people are just eating meat and animal products, saying they are losing weight and feeling great. This is crazy, in the short term it might be fine but long term without taking extra vitamins they are on a slippery slope to chronic illness.  
The carnivore diet is also low in fibre. Fibre is important for maintaining healthy digestion and preventing constipation.
Fibre is only found in plant-based foods and lack of fibre in the diet can lead to digestive issues and an increased risk of colon cancer.

Another concern is that the carnivore diet is low in antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are compounds found in plant-based foods that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. These compounds help to protect against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

I refer back to the Blue Zone study which shows that reducing your meat intake NOT increasing it can and does increase your life expectancy and reduce your risk of chronic illness.

Side effect of a meat only diet:
Side effects are similar to those reported for the ketogenic diet – bad breath, constipation, diarrhoea, headaches, dehydration.

In a 2012 study researcher found that of more than 100,000 men and women, People in the study who ate the most red meat tended to die younger and die more often from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

In the short term the meat only diet will help you lose weight only because you are cutting out the refined sugars which you should do on a balanced diet anyways.

Personal reference. I have lost in total at the time of writing about 4.5 stone or  63 lbs on a balanced diet and I have better gut  health and less chance of a premature death. 

Why risk it? 

Below I’ve listed the vitamins and mineral to compare meat, an egg and some plant food.

A balance diet is the way to go.

Vitamins/Minerals

Steak Beef Meat 100g

Eggs 100g

Fruit & Veg, Nuts 100g or serving

A
B1
B2 riboflavin
B3 niacin
B5
B6 pyridoxine
B7 biotin
B9 Folate
B12
C
D
E
K2
Sodium
Potassium
Calcium
Magnesium
Phosphorous
Sulfur
Chloride
Iron
Zinc
Copper

1.6%
8%
13%
52%
5%
12%
3%
1%
164%
0%
1.8%
4%
19%
4%
9%
1%
6%
22%
108mg
5%
16%
47%
6%

28%
9%
26%
18%
27%
8%
25%
16%
67%
0%
15%
17%
69%
10%
4%
6%
4%
31%
180mg
7%
17%
15%
11%

91% Carrot 
21% Green Peas
26% Mushrooms
25% Avocado (Medium)
72% Shiitake Mushrooms
65% Chickpeas
10% for 20g Sunflower seeds
15% for 30g Raw spinach 
0% 
142% Bell pepper
17% Wild Mushrooms 1 cup
171% Almonds or 49% handful
681% Kale 443% Serving
10% in a Pickle (half)
13% Black Beans (serving)
10% Poppy seeds per 9g or 1 tbsp
20% Cashews 28g or serving
26% Pumpkin seeds per 28g
140mg Broccoli 
97% Salt 5g Daily intake
14% Pumpkin Seeds per 28g
18% Cashew per 28g
89% Shiitake Mushrooms 15g

A serving is typically less than 100g

  • A

    Meat

    1.6%
  • A

    Egg

    8%
  • A

    Carrot

    91%
  • B1

    Meat

    8%
  • B1

    Egg

    9%
  • b1

    Green Peas

    21%
  • B2

    Meat

    13%
  • B2

    Egg

    26%
  • B2

    Mushrooms

    26%
  • B3

    Meat

    52%
  • B3

    Egg

    18%
  • B3

    Avocado

    25%
  • B5

    Meat

    5%
  • B5

    Egg

    27%
  • B5

    ShiitakeMushrooms

    72%
  • B6

    Meat

    12%
  • B6

    Egg

    8%
  • B6

    Chickpeas

    65%
  • B7

    Meat

    3%
  • B7

    Egg

    25%
  • B7

    Sunflower Seeds 20g

    10%
  • B9

    Meat

    1%
  • B9

    Egg

    16%
  • B9

    Spinach 30g

    15%
  • B12

    Meat

    16.4%
  • B12

    Egg

    67%
  • B12

    Veg

    0%
  • C

    Meat

    0%
  • C

    Egg

    0%
  • C

    Bell Pepper

    142%
  • D

    Meat

    1.8%
  • D

    Egg

    15%
  • D

    Wild Muhrooms

    17%
  • E

    Meat

    4%
  • E

    Egg

    17%
  • E

    Almonds or 49% per handful

    171%
  • K2

    Meat

    19%
  • K2

    Egg

    69%
  • K2

    Kale or 443% per serving

    681%
  • Sodium

    Meat

    4%
  • Sodium

    Egg

    10%
  • Sodium

    Half a pickle

    10%
  • Potassium

    Meat

    9%
  • Potassium

    Egg

    4%
  • Potassium

    Blackbeans

    13%
  • Calcium

    Meat

    1%
  • Calcium

    Egg

    6%
  • Calcium

    PoppySeeds

    10%
  • Magnesium

    Meat

    6%
  • Magnesium

    Egg

    4%
  • Magnesium

    Cashews

    20%
  • Phosphorous

    Meat

    22%
  • Phosphorous

    Egg

    31%
  • Phosphorous

    PumkinSeeds

    26%
  • Sulfur

    Meat

    108mg
  • Sulfur

    Egg

    180mg
  • Sulfur

    Broccoli

    140mg
  • Chloride

    Meat

    5%
  • Chloride

    Egg

    7%
  • Chloride

    Salt 5g

    97%
  • Iron

    Meat

    16%
  • Iron

    Egg

    17%
  • Iron

    PumpkinSeeds

    14%
  • Zinc

    Meat

    47%
  • Zinc

    Egg

    15%
  • B5

    Cashews 28g

    18%
  • Copper

    Meat

    6%
  • Copper

    Egg

    11%
  • B5

    ShiitakeMushrooms

    89%

Not found in meat products

Vitamin C

Quercetin – High intake of quercetin has been linked with lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease

Catechins – They have been linked to reduced blood pressure, improved blood vessel function and lower blood cholesterol

Hesperidin – Studies indicate that hesperidin may help prevent heart disease and cancer. However, the evidence is mostly limited to studies in laboratory animals

Cyanidin – Studies indicate that anthocyanins may reduce the risk of heart disease, but the evidence is still very limited

Beta-glucan – As an effective prebiotic, beta-glucan ferments in the colon where it stimulates the growth of beneficial bifidobacteria. This can lead to improved colon health.

Pectin – Pectins may promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. They may also help ease chronic diarrhea and moderate blood sugar levels after meals

Inulin – As prebiotic fibers, inulin and other fructans promote colon health by stimulating the growth of beneficial bifidobacteria

Lignans –  fermented by intestinal bacteria. This fermentation process turns them into phytoestrogens, Phytoestrogens have been linked with several health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and breast cancer

Resistant Starch – Resistant starch promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon, improving colon health

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