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Carnivore Diet :: Eat More Meat, Mostly Beef

 

The carnivore way of eating has enormous health benefits for many people. It’s not appropriate to call the carnivore diet a “diet” because the word diet implies that it’s a temporary event. Nobody is searching Google for “carnivore way of eating,” they’re all searching for “carnivore diet.” And sometimes “cavemen diet” or “meat diet.” So here we are. I’m glad you found this post.

Anyone who has embraced this way of eating can tell you there will probably be some social challenges along the way. As it turns out, there are plenty of overweight and unhealthy people LOVE to give advice about diet and nutrition. They’re not being malicious, they simply don’t know what they don’t know. 

Every one of us had our “first day” hearing about the carnivore diet / way of eating and I have found it useful to assume most people in the world simply haven’t had their first day yet.  

I have the link to this page saved in my Notes app in my phone so I can copy/paste it into a text message or email when I find someone who would like to be educated. It’s a great time-saver for me, so give it a try if you find yourself talking about your food choices on a regular basis.

This is a living page and I’ll continue to add links to carnivore diet articles and related topics as I discover them. I have done my best to organize the links in a coherent format with subjects and headings that should make sense. When in doubt, use the Search bar in the lower right corner of this web page to search for keywords. If you have something to add, please post it in the comments. 

A general carnivore overview

90 days on meat
https://medium.com/@andylindquist/90-days-on-a-carnivore-diet-results-and-insights-8d07692869fe

10 year vegan tries meat only for 30 days
https://youtu.be/M5_VSov79z8

Interview with Shawn Baker M.D. on the Joe Rogan podcast
https://youtu.be/Yj_Bc9hdHa0 

First hand account about losing 100 pounds, among other health fixes (ten years ZC)
http://myzerocarblife.jamesdhogan.com/wp/start/

Seed oils, omega-6 and disease
http://breaknutrition.com/omega-6-fats-alternative-hypothesis-diseases-civilization/

What happens when patients know more than their doctors?
http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/3/11/e003583.full.pdf

Alcohol

Just don’t (but I know not everyone will listen to that advice)
http://www.zerocarbhealth.com/index.php/2016/12/20/zero-carb-diet-and-alcohol/#more-854

Alzheimer’s

Treating Alzheimer’s with fat
http://www.mdedge.com/internalmedicinenews/article/145220/alzheimers-cognition/fueling-alzheimers-brain-fat

Big pharma

Prescribed medication is the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/30/modern-medicine-major-threat-public-health

Blood sugar drugs and heart attack risk
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20150317/Sugar-lowering-medications-prescribed-to-diabetic-patients-may-increase-heart-failure-risk.aspx

Brain health

Using food to treat brain inflammation
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/diagnosis-diet/201712/cooling-brain-inflammation-naturally-food

Eliminating meat in a human diet makes people dumb, and over a long enough timeline that’s a BIG problem. (On a short timeline it’s still a problem, but we think big on this website)
https://nypost.com/2019/08/30/plant-based-diets-risk-dumbing-down-the-next-generation-nutritionist-warns/amp/

Cancer

Keto diet instead of chemotherapy
http://www.theimproper.com/135662/ketogenic-diet-beats-chemotherapy-many-cancers-says-thomas-seyfried/

Cancer success
https://i.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/97587045/headless-chickens-frontman-grant-fell-says-hes-beaten-cancer

Sugar and carbs seem to be the real culprits with cancer
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-apple-cancer-and-diet-20171027-story.html

Breast cancer patient cured herself with low-carb diet
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15642035.Breast_cancer_survivor_says_she___39_cured_herself__39__with_low_carb_diet/

Keto diet starves tumor
http://healthinsightuk.org/2017/02/20/how-the-ketogenic-diet-starves-a-tumour-then-genetically-engineers-the-cancer-cells/

More about keto diet and tumors
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2017/05/14/137950.full.pdf

Keto diet for ovarian or endometrial cancer
https://academic.oup.com/jn/article-abstract/148/8/1253/5064353

Fructose and pancreatic cancer
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/pancreatic-cancers-use-fructose-165745

Treating cancer with meat
https://ketogeek.com/blogs/news/episode-16-zsofia-clemens

Keto diet and cancer
https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/148/8/1253/5064353

Colon cancer and cholesterol
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/3196218/

Carbohydrates

A list of low-carb studies
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ucfpvs2CmKFnae9a8zTZS0Zt1g2tdYSIQBFcohfa1w0/edit#gid=547985667

Low carb versus low fat
http://amp.timeinc.net/time/4919448/low-fat-v-low-carb-diets/

Carbs will kill you
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/high-carb-not-fat-intake-linked-to-greater-early-death-risk-mcmaster-study/article36114554/

Low carb diets are not a fad (check the publication date!!!)
https://borntoeatmeat.com/?p=596

A cure for diabetes
https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19529240/the-cure-for-diabetes/

Bread in the US is poison because of additives that are banned in other countries
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/28/bread-additives-chemicals-us-toxic-america

There is no need for carbohydrates in a human diet
https://blog.virtahealth.com/why-dont-need-dietary-carbohydrates/

Cholesterol

The cholesterol mistake
https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/article/104/10/867/1591864

Cholesterol is fine
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/12/high-cholesterol-does-not-cause-heart-disease-new-research-finds/

Statins are a joke (still or again?)
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/statins-cholesterol-heart-disease-attack-stroke-nhs-prescribing-age-symptoms-bmj-a8524606.html 

High cholesterol does not cause heart disease
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/no-evidence-high-cholesterol-causes-heart-disease-say-doctors-1.3627093

The case for eliminating cholesterol tests at the doctor’s office
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/it-time-retire-cholesterol-tests

Common cholesterol myths debunked
https://empoweredsustenance.com/is-cholesterol-bad/

Saturated fat cannot raise cholesterol
https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2018/07/03/why-saturated-fat-cannot-raise-cholesterol-levels-ldl-levels/

You need cholesterol if you want to live a long life
https://discover.grasslandbeef.com/blog/life-saving-cholesterol/

Low cholesterol could kill you
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21160131/

It’s unwise to lower your cholesterol
https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k946/rr-5

Adverse effect of statins
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2687990

Dietary fat does not raise cholesterol
https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2018/07/03/why-saturated-fat-cannot-raise-cholesterol-levels-ldl-levels/amp/ 

His cholesterol is high and he doesn’t care. Why?
https://blog.priceplow.com/diet-research/ldl-cholesterol 

Low LDL increases your risk for stroke
https://n.neurology.org/content/92/19/e2286

Corruption

Medical science and lies
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/11/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science/308269/

The sugar industry wants you to blame fat for your problems because they have more sugar to sell you
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/well/eat/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat.html

The drugs your doctor prescribed may not help you at all
https://www.nature.com/news/personalized-medicine-time-for-one-person-trials-1.17411

Big pharma is organized crime
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dozpAshvtsA&feature=youtu.be

Doctors who get paid to approve drugs
https://gizmodo.com/report-doctors-who-recommend-drugs-for-approval-often-1827396632

Monsanto will always prioritize their profits over our health. Always.
Exhibit A: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/fda-tests-confirm-oatmeal_b_12252824.html
Exhibit B: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/10/monsanto-trial-cancer-dewayne-johnson-ruling
Exhibit C: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/05/monsanto200805

Cereal manufacturers are nasty people
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/cereal-offenders-how-the-sugar-lobby-wins-friends-and-targets-enemies/

Check your doctor’s funding sources to see where the bias lies
https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/

The “keto crotch” media blitz and some important questions: Who paid the PR firm for all of those media placements? Why would someone pay for all those media placements? Who has the most to lose here? Things that make you go hmmmm.
https://twitter.com/johnzahorik/status/1103024309511962624?s=12

How the US became the fattest and sickest country in the world (hint: not an accident) 
https://www.cato.org/events/big-fat-nutrition-policy

Dairy

Full fat dairy foods are fine
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711182735.htm 

Full fat milk could lower risk of heart attacks
https://www.newsweek.com/full-fat-milk-could-cut-risk-stroke-heart-attack-study-says-1025069

Dental health

Old study showing meat eaters have healthy teeth
https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1929/1/29/esquimo-teeth-prove-health-of-meat/

Diabetes

Reverse type-2 diabetes, lower blood pressure (author is a doctor)
http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-a-low-carb-diet-changed-my-life-and-my-patients-lives/amp

One-third of Americans are screwed unless they make some changes
https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2017/08/31/type-2-diabetes-may-hit-84-million-americans-and-they-dont-know-it.html

Reversing type-2 diabetes with diet
https://drc.bmj.com/content/bmjdrc/4/1/e000258.full.pdf

British doctors using diet to treat diabetes
https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2018/jun/royal-college-of-general-practitioners-launches-first-ever-type-2-diabetes-e-learning-module-95656154.html

Dietary guidelines

Renowned cardiologist says dietary guidelines are bogus
https://youtu.be/RwGteseHyas

Exercise

You can’t outrun a bad diet
https://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11518804/weight-loss-exercise-myth-burn-calories

Fake meat

Frankenburgers contain known carcinogens 
https://www.momsacrossamerica.com/gmo_impossible_burger_positive_for_carcinogenic_glyphosate

Pea protein (ingredient in some fake meat) is causing all sorts of problems for people
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/food-allergy-pea-protein-1.5118978

Famous people

Mick Jagger
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15516125.Mick_Jagger_gets_satisfaction_from_diet_that_could_add_10_years_to_his_life/

Halle Berry
https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/amp22000172/halle-berry-keto-diet/

Fat

Low-fat diets can kill you
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/low-fat-diet-linked-higher-death-rates-major-lancet-study-finds/

The (unfair and inaccurate) demonization of saturated fat
https://youtu.be/uc1XsO3mxX8

Eating fat will not make you fat
https://www.businessinsider.com/eating-fat-wont-make-you-fat-gain-weight-says-doctor-2017-11

Why you should eat more fat
https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/why-experts-now-think-you-should-eat-more-fat-20141020

Fat functions as its own organ
http://www.doctorschierling.com/blog/adipose-tissue-fat-as-an-endocrine-organ

Dietary guidelines saying fat should be limited are flawed
https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/10/769

Fiber

Truths and myths about fiber 
https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/article/nutrition-articles/is-fiber-bad-for-you/ 

Heart health

Carbs cause heart attacks, fat does not
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3.pdf

Cardiologist recommending high-fat diet
https://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2016/08/23/an-unconventional-cardiologist-promotes-a-high-fat-diet/

Meat and cheese prevent heart attacks
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6105925/Eating-unprocessed-meat-dairy-products-REDUCES-persons-risk-heart-attack.html

Shawn Baker’s CAC test results (September 2018)
https://youtu.be/IdcVypaSyuU

Fat, cholesterol and heart disease
https://www.dietdoctor.com/demonization-deception-research-saturated-fat-cholesterol-heart-disease

Saturated fat doesn’t not clog arteries
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317118.php

Eat the butter, not the bread
https://health.spectator.co.uk/butter-is-healthier-than-the-bread-you-are-spreading-it-on/

Low LDL cholesterol levels may shorten your life (not a typo)
https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/article-abstract/111/5/319/4904540

High LDL cholesterol is healthy
https://www.dietdoctor.com/why-high-cholesterol-is-healthy

An assessment of cardiovascular risk
https://denversdietdoctor.com/dr-david-diamond-an-assessment-of-cardiovascular-risks-of-a-low-carbohydrate-high-fat-diet/

Factors that contribute to cardiovascular health
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5946196/

Ketogenic diets (not carnivore, but sometimes related)

US military considers making ketogenic diets mandatory for its soldiers
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/navy-seals-other-armed-forces-members-could-be-forced-to-go-keto/ar-AAE2ebJ 

Mental health

Eating red meat reduces your risk of depression by half. (Hint: That’s a big number.)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9158235/Red-meat-halves-risk-of-depression.html

Plants

Plants have evolved to protect themselves. This one is close to home for me because I discovered a few years ago that I have serious issues with leafy green vegetables. I love them, but they don’t love me back! They are harmful for MANY people, yet most don’t know it because they’ve never gone a significant amount of time without eating plants. How would you know it’s possible to feel better without eating plants if you’ve never tried to live without them? How do babies thrive on breast milk when breast milk doesn’t contain plants or fiber? Also, plants could make you lose your mind (seriously). https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/diagnosis-diet/201909/six-reasons-go-paleo-mental-health

Plants contain lectins and lectins are bad news.
https://carnivoreaurelius.com/are-lectins-bad-for-you/

Red meat

Beef is a health food
https://www.nutritionadvance.com/health-benefits-eating-beef/

How we got red meat wrong
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/how-americans-used-to-eat/371895/

Red meat is not the enemy
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/upshot/red-meat-is-not-the-enemy.html

Scientists are changing their minds about red meat recommendations because science supports eating red meat. You know, like we have been eating for millions of years. Shocking, right? 
https://www.bmj.com/content/367/bmj.l5809 

The anti-red meat guidelines were always misleading, and now the world is catching up.
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/controversial-red-meat-recommendations-labelled-misleading/news-story/bf08e250bb1760fbc0b842aa9ed469a5

Salt

The idea that salt causes high blood pressure is from an old, janky study
https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/tip-the-ridiculous-truth-about-salt

Salt is not so bad
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/09/salt-not-as-damaging-to-health-as-previously-thought-says-study

Sexual attraction

Vegetarian men seen as wimpy by women
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1352393/Real-men-eat-meat-say-women-turn-noses-vegetarians.html

Women are more attracted to men who eat meat
https://www.dailywire.com/news/33634/study-women-prefer-men-who-eat-meat-ashe-schow

Skin cancer and diet

Diet matters for sunburn risk
https://pharmacistcatherine.net/2017/11/30/reducing-the-risk-of-sunburn-through-diet/amp/

The link between diet and skin cancer
https://www.nutritionadvance.com/scary-real-link-diet-skin-cancer/

Success stories, more anecdotal than scientific 

Low blood pressure while only eating beef, eggs, cheese and lots of salt
https://twitter.com/esodicoffmd/status/935456299386589184

A heart that fixed itself after a heart attack
https://twitter.com/IAmMichaelOkon/status/1041787708568477696

Eight years with no carbs and no exercise
https://twitter.com/kelly_hogan_zc/status/956165474152337410

People who eat pounds of steak every day
https://www.dietdoctor.com/carnivory-meet-the-people-who-eat-pounds-of-steak-per-day

Sugar

About sugar
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/opinion/if-sugar-is-harmless-prove-it.html

Sugar industry sponsoring studies much like tobacco companies used to do
https://www.businessinsider.com/sugar-industry-behind-studies-research-2016-12

Sugar as a cause of disease
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-health-1210-sugar-metabolic-syndrome-20141205-story,amp.html

Sugar and heart disease
https://openheart.bmj.com/content/4/2/e000729

Sustainability

Sustainability argument against vegans
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/earth/going-vegan-isnt-actually-th/

Feed seaweed to cows if you’re worried about methane
https://foodtank.com/news/2017/06/seaweed-reduce-cow-methane-emission/amp/

How meat is the most sustainable option
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2017/10/02/tim-noakes-eat-more-meat-to-save-the-environment_a_23229377/

Eating beef is good for the planet
https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/actually-raising-beef-is-good-for-the-planet-1419030738

Cow farts are not causing climate change
https://www.ecowatch.com/nasa-study-methane-spike-2526089909.amp.html

Industrial farming may be the end of us
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/mass-extinction-life-on-earth-farming-industrial-agriculture-professor-raj-patel-a7914616.html

Meat is definitely sustainable, as it always has been
https://grist.org/sustainable-farming/farmer-responds-to-the-new-york-times-re-sustainable-meat/

What do cattle mean for sustainability?
https://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Fulltext/2018/07000/Assessing_the_Role_of_Cattle_in_Sustainable_Food.5.aspx

The original solar powered, sustainable food
https://qz.com/1331235/beef-the-original-solar-powered-plant-based-protein/

NASA has a few words to say about methane
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-led-study-solves-a-methane-puzzle

Vegetarians

A doctor explains how a vegetarian diet led to his mother’s early death
https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/my-mothers-vegetarian-diet-contributed-to-her-early-death-we-should-all-learn-from-it/amp/

No evidence of a vegetarian diet leading to a longer life
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743516304479

Plenty of animals die when crops are harvested
https://sci-hub.tw/10.1007/s10806-018-9733-8

Lower health and quality of life for vegetarians versus meat eaters
https://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/04/01/study-vegetarians-less-healthy-lower-quality-of-life-than-meat-eaters/amp/

84% of vegans and vegetarians eventually start eating meat again. Why?
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animals-and-us/201412/84-vegetarians-and-vegans-return-meat-why

Plant-based diets do not provide all the nutrients humans need to live
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/vegan-diet-negatives-health-environment-food-research-study-a8738951.html

Vegetarians have lower sperm counts
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/11172519/Vegetarians-have-much-lower-sperm-counts.html

Vegetable sensitivities could be making you sick
https://paleoleap.com/vegetables/

Vegan toddler has no teeth
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/toddler-fed-vegan-diet-so-malnourished-she-had-no-teeth-court-told-20190509-p51lrp.html

Vegan YouTube star ruined her health, in her words
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7072647/VIRPI-MIKKONEN-admits-vegan-diet-ruined-health-brought-early-menopause.html

The majority of food borne illnesses come from vegetables
https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/beware-dangers-ofgreen-vegetables

Broccoli has more protein than steak? LOL. Of course not.
https://eathropology.com/2013/04/08/broccoli-has-more-protein-than-steak-and-other-crap/

Long-term vegetarian diet changes your DNA
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/29/long-term-vegetarian-diet-changes-human-dna-raising-risk-of-canc/amp/ 

A story about two recovering vegans
https://www.forbes.com/sites/meggentaylor/2018/06/21/epic-provisions-how-this-husband-wife-went-from-being-vegan-to-starting-a-meat-based-snack-brand/ 

Another recovering vegan story
http://www.ladbible.com/news/food-vegan-scraps-plant-based-diet-for-bone-marrow-and-brains-to-save-life-20190315 

Same recovering vegan as above, different source:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6812893/Eating-bones-brains-saved-Vegan-gave-plant-based-diet-killing-her.html

Vegetarians are much more likely to be depressed
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/09/14/amp/vegetarian-depression-risk.aspx

Natural toxins and anti-nutrients in plants
https://www.sott.net/article/224159-Plants-bite-back-The-surprising-all-natural-anti-nutrients-and-toxins-in-plant-foods

Vegan propaganda and meat
https://www.nutritionadvance.com/vegan-propaganda-and-meat/

Vegan diet is NOT recommended for several large groups (if your browser doesn’t translate it, scroll to the bottom for the English version…it’s a Swiss study)
https://www.eek.admin.ch/eek/de/home/pub/ernaehrungsbezogene-und-gesundheitliche-vor–und-nachteile-einer.html

Not all heroes wear capes
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/vegan-food-festival-man-eats-raw-meat-video-amsterdam-a8491656.html

Vegans kill animals
http://www.playground.plus/food/vegans-and-vegetarians-think-they-dont-kill-animals-but-they-do_22946291.html?LgS3L

Weight loss

Losing weight and keeping it off
https://www.dietdoctor.com/melissa-lost-100-pound-keto-diet-kept-off-15-years

Whole grains

Whole grains
https://www.cochrane.org/CD005051/VASC_whole-grain-cereals-cardiovascular-disease

Carnivore diet resources

This group is full of great general information and stories about people treating and curing all sorts of long-term illnesses like obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, Crohn’s disease, IBS, joint pain, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. It’s also a fun community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldcarnivoretribe/

This one is similar, but only for women. I think it’s similar, anyway. They won’t let me join their club so I have to believe my lady friends when they tell me it’s similar. https://www.facebook.com/groups/womencarnivoretribe/

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Do you have any carnivore diet or related articles to add to this list? Or did you find a broken link? Please leave them in the comments section below and I’ll add them when I get a chance. I check the comments a few times a week.

 

4 Comments
  • M Page
    Posted at 16:07h, 22 November Reply

    This is a fantastic resource list for all things carnivore and updated debunking of various myths. Add The Fiber Menace, and you have all of it.

    • jons
      Posted at 23:19h, 29 November Reply

      Thank you! I keep adding to the list when I find new studies. My favorite studies are the ones from outside the US (less likely to be influenced by lobbyists and special interests).

  • ROJH
    Posted at 00:07h, 06 March Reply

    Hello. This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous roommate. He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing.

    • jons
      Posted at 03:40h, 16 March Reply

      Thank you! I appreciate the feedback. I’ll continue updating this page as I uncover new science on these topics and related topics.

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