It's all the rage right now after the Paleo and keto diet sensations took the world by storm. But is it healthy?
- The meat-only diet is being promoted a lot by people with right-wing political biases.
- Until the science is studied and proven, caution is the best approach.
- Balance, balance, balance. Have I mentioned balance?
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One ribeye steak, plain, coming right up.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't messing with you.<p>"Bitcoin is a revolt against fiat [a.k.a. government-backed] money, and an all-meat diet is a revolt against fiat food," said Michael Goldstein, a self-described "Bitcoin and meat maximalist" in Austin, Texas. "Once someone has grown capable of seeing beyond the lies and myths that experts peddle in one domain, it becomes easier to see beyond them in other domains as well."</p><p>Just gonna leave that right there ...<br></p>
So... given, this is a little odd at first glance, what about its benefits? Harms?<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODYyOTUzNS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMDUyNTE2MH0.9ctyRSY_yXpOyrpHSJBdqPGcOX90GPuWrRsdgYXIdWo/img.gif?width=980" id="2e1c2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6035bbcbceb906222f2134db9fef5549" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
OmnomnomnomGiphy<p>Those who are promoting the idea <a href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/fitness/weight-loss/new-diet-claims-you-can-lose-weight-eating-only-steaks-and-burgers/news-story/8827331ce27e199e3f10cbdc296a3c40" target="_blank">claim a reduction</a> in arthritis and depression symptoms. Shawn Baker, formerly an orthopedic surgeon who had his license to practice medicine revoked, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/may/11/the-carnivore-diet-all-meat-health-benefits-dangers" target="_blank">claims that</a> lifelong diseases can be reversed with this diet. It's important to note, however, that <a href="https://www.self.com/story/im-a-registered-dietitian-and-i-really-dont-want-you-to-eat-a-carnivore-diet" target="_blank">none of these claims have been proven</a> or even studied scientifically.</p><p>Indeed, Christopher Gardner, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, is not convinced this is the right track at all. "Are these T-rex? African lions? Or humans? Assuming [it's for] humans, this sounds disastrous on multiple levels," he told <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/may/11/the-carnivore-diet-all-meat-health-benefits-dangers" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>. "I think a 'carnivore diet' is inappropriate for human health, bad for the health of our planet, abusive of the human labor force that handles the preparation of meat, abusive of animal rights and welfare."</p>
Easy there, Meat-itarian!<p>There are a host of nutrients that cannot be absorbed by only eating meat, and likewise, a host of diseases that one can come down with if missing key nutrients and vitamins — <a href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/scurvy" target="_blank">scurvy</a> is just one example — and there's still a well-known <a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/monosaturated-fat-heart-disease-risk/" target="_blank">connection between</a> animal fats and heart disease.</p><p>All this said, being careful would be the best idea here. </p>
How many calories are in human anyway?
Few things strike as unnatural and disturbing as the eating of human flesh. What most people don’t know is, cannibalism was extremely common in all that cultures that abhor it today. The taboo must’ve started somewhere. Several Stone Age archaeological sites in Western Europe have uncovered evidence of cannibalism, such as El Sidrón cave in Spain and Gough’s Cave in England. What isn’t clear is why the former inhabitants engaged in the grizzly practice. Were they faced with starvation, like the Donner party, or the 1972 Uruguayan rugby team (inspiration for the movie Alive)?