Carnivorous high protein diet: Is it dangerous for you?

When we talk about a low carb diet, we often think high protein diet. This type of diet often consists of a carnivorous diet composed mainly of red meat. Hmm, Charlie!

I specify that it is not about an ethical debate on the consumption or not of animal products. If you are vegan or vegetarian, the subject does not have much interest for you, since you have made an important decision on the subject.

On the other hand, some people follow a carnivorous diet rich in protein where they must not eat any fruits or vegetables. They are also allowed to eat poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products.

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The supposed benefits of a meat-based diet

If you search social media, you will find tens of thousands of posts explaining that a high intake of meat in food can reduce blood pressure and cure depression. This kind of protein-based diet, these networks can read, leads to rapid weight loss through the reduction of carbohydrates. 

Why not ?

It is true that the protein consumption promotes weight loss and muscle gain. It is therefore trying to take a shortcut such as a 100% protein diet to succeed in your mass gain program, for example. Especially since those who eat a lot of protein generally consume far fewer calories. 

But I want to warn you.

Indeed, everything is not so simple...unless you are Maasai (you will understand later).

Differences over animal protein diets

Eating a lot of red meat is not a healthy diet, according to science journalist Max Lugavere.

The latter, author of the bestseller “Genius Foods“, claims that the best diets in the world contain plant foods.

He justifies his remarks by stating that meat does not contain dietary fiber. While plants contain micronutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are essential for good health.

But according to Lugavere, nothing is all black or all white.

It's more complex than that.

Why ?

Some disadvantages related to plants

Certain plant compounds also pose certain problems. This is among other things the case of gluten intake as well as certain lectins which must sometimes be excluded from diets.

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These substances can in fact cause overwork and an attack on the consumer's tissues through an overreaction of the immune system.

Max Lugavere is of the opinion that we would never need to exclude plants from our diet in a perfect world with a robust immune system.

Many diseases such as inflammatory diseases, allergies or autoimmune diseases are caused by immune dysfunctions that are very common today.

That being said, these theses are brushed aside by the Los Angeles dietician and nutritionist, Whitney English.

This one talks about plant-based diets as an alternative for treating autoimmune diseases. This type of diet, being able to reduce inflammation in the body, according to her.

Like what, everything is not so simple in this world... 

The danger of cutting out fruits and vegetables

Dietitian Whitney English adds that eliminating fruits and vegetables from your meals is not only unhealthy, but can also be dangerous.

She justifies her remarks by stating that chronic diseases can be avoided with a high intake of fruits and vegetables.

With this type of food, according to her, the immune system is strengthened. This would also reduce the phenomena of oxidation and DNA degradation.

In fact, these specialists and many others do not stop debating the question with force of examples which seem to contradict each other.

Those who support the benefits of a carnivorous diet use, for example, the case of Mikhaila Peterson.

The 26-year-old suffered from severe depression, rheumatoid arthritis and bacterial infections from a young age. Since quitting fruit and vegetable consumption in December 2017, she says she has never felt better.

She also gave up all of her medications.

It's great for her, but does her case reflect reality for the majority of us?

Nothing is less sure.

Here is another argument often used: the African tribe of the Maasai.

Let's take a little trip, shall we?

The Maasai tribe – Carnivores and in great shape

Maasai high protein diet

For more proof of the benefits of a 100% meat diet, we often take the example of the Maasai tribe.

It's a carnivorous tribe, with healthy individuals. These inhabitants of southern Kenya feed mainly on meat, animal blood and milk. It is therefore an understatement to say that their diet is rich in protein 😉

Their cholesterol intake is double that recommended by the American Heart Association. Despite everything, Maasai cholesterol levels remain low in the population as a whole.

A study also revealed that they do not present almost never signs of coronary heart disease. And yet, we can really speak of a high protein diet in their case…

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But, as Lugavere points out, the Maasai are traditional herders who feed on quality meat. This is not the case of Americans who regularly consume cheap meat, not only rich in protein.

Far from there ! Their meat is full of hormones and antibiotics.

Since the quality of the protein source is important for health, Max Lugavere recommends the consumption of pasture-raised beef. It has more vitamin E than grain-fed beef and less saturated fat. What would explain the high cholesterol levels among Americans is the overconsumption of grain-fed beef.

Well, we will summarize by saying that if you are not Maasai, it is probably better to vary your diet. But it's you who see 😉

As one of my teachers used to say in my distant youth: Usus is good, but not abusus. I'm going to end with a little aside about the consumption of offal (nothing to do with the Swedish group of the 80s).

Should you eat offal?

Liver and heart recipes, such as skewers, are popular among people on animal protein diets. It is undeniable that these pieces of meat are very nutritious and rich in iron.

The consumption of organ meats provides a number of important nutrients that are little or not present in red meat. These act in synergy for metabolic balance. For example, organ meats contain an amino acid (a building block of protein) called glycine that will help you better metabolize methionine, which is more concentrated in muscle meat.

However, this type of meat may also contain excessive amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. For example, eating too much liver leads to excess vitamin A that can weaken your bones and create liver damage.

Conclusion – Be careful with a high protein diet

Although protein is important for athletes, it is always better to opt for a balanced diet.

Although extolling the benefits of meat on the body, Lugavere specifies that this type of diet is not suitable for people who have a fragile heart. But it should be added that consuming too much protein is not good for the kidneys either.

Also, putting yourself on a meat-only diet can end up boring you. Especially since you will undoubtedly be healthier by consuming fruits and vegetables. Not to mention the many benefits of fat from nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios.

You probably know if you read the articles I wrote on the subject, I am rather in favor of a high protein consumption. In particular because it promotes weight loss and the reduction of the consumption of carbohydrates in your meals.

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But remember that protein does not necessarily mean meat, egg or fish. It is often too easy to take a shortcut. There are very good sources of vegetable protein also. 

Think about it!

Note on my favorite vegan proteins

Here are the 2 vegetable protein powder that I buy:

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nu3 proteine vegan 3K - vanilla protein drink 1kg -...
NutriZing Organic Pea Protein Powder - Protein 80% -...
BodyMe Organic Vegan Protein Powder Mix | Raw Maca Cinnamon | 1kg |...
Description
nu3 proteine vegan 3K - vanilla protein drink 1kg -...
NutriZing Organic Pea Protein Powder - Protein 80% -...
BodyMe Organic Vegan Protein Powder Mix | Raw Maca Cinnamon | 1kg |...
Our opinion
Protein from 3 vegetable sources with different flavors and sweeteners
Vegan organic pea protein for your dishes, coffees and desserts
A combination of 3 vegetable proteins, maca, cinnamon and turmeric
Our rating
3,5/5
5/5
5/5
Current price
24,99 €
21,47 €
34,00 €
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Visual
nu3 proteine vegan 3K - vanilla protein drink 1kg -...
Description
nu3 proteine vegan 3K - vanilla protein drink 1kg -...
Our opinion
Protein from 3 vegetable sources with different flavors and sweeteners
Our rating
3,5/5
Current price
24,99 €
Click for more information
Visual
NutriZing Organic Pea Protein Powder - Protein 80% -...
Description
NutriZing Organic Pea Protein Powder - Protein 80% -...
Our opinion
Vegan organic pea protein for your dishes, coffees and desserts
Our rating
5/5
Current price
21,47 €
Click for more information
Visual
BodyMe Organic Vegan Protein Powder Mix | Raw Maca Cinnamon | 1kg |...
Description
BodyMe Organic Vegan Protein Powder Mix | Raw Maca Cinnamon | 1kg |...
Our opinion
A combination of 3 vegetable proteins, maca, cinnamon and turmeric
Our rating
5/5
Current price
34,00 €
Click for more information

*See also the French organic proteins of Nature Force and Nutri&Co of superior quality

I really like pea protein. They are really inexpensive and very easy to dilute in water. I don't understand at all people who complain about the taste. Maybe they don't like the fact that these proteins are natural and that they have a very slight scent of chickpeas.

But nothing prevents to accommodate them, even if for my part I love them as they are diluted in water or in my coffee.

And you, have you tried a high protein diet? Have you felt any effects on your health or on your line? Tell me everything in the comment box below.

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