Anthony Chaffee has a YouTube channel focused on eating carnivorously. He is a medical doctor and neurosurgical resident from America and has dedicated over two decades to investigating the ideal nutrition for human health and performance.
He believes that the majority of chronic diseases that are treated in medical practice are a result of our dietary choices and can be reversed by adhering to eating only meat.
In a nutshell
- The carnivore diet means you only eat animal products and don’t eat any plant foods.
- This diet focuses on eating meat, organs, eggs, and some dairy, without limiting how much you eat.
- It might help you lose weight, make your heart healthier, lower swelling in your body, and cause fewer stomach issues.
The carnivore diet is all about eating only meat and animal products, mainly beef, pork, chicken, fish, and turkey.
I’ll pass on the turkey, mind you. I find it too dry.
The basic idea is to eat enough meat until you’re full.
The straightforward answer is to drink a lot of water. You can also have coffee and tea, including herbal teas, but make sure not to add any sugar. Avoid drinks that have carbohydratess, like sodas, fruit and vegetable juices, and energy drinks, as they will affect your weight (and health).
Plants are toxic
Anthony talks about how plants might cause chronic diseases.
He says many health problems treated by doctors are actually caused by what we eat, especially plants, and changing our diet can reverse these issues.
So far so good.
He further explains that plants have defences like toxins to stop animals from eating them. In other words, if they’re sour or bitter, then it’s because they don’t want to be consumed. These plant toxins can cause problems ranging from poisoning, allergies, stomach ache, and diarrhoea to long-term issues affecting the immune, reproductive, or nervous systems, and even cancer.
It makes sense if you think about it.
He mentions lectins, a type of protein in many plants that can affect cells and insulin receptors, leading to a greater insulin effect.
He also talks about cyanogenic glycosides in foods like cassava root and almonds, which release cyanide when chewed. Cassava, a major food for over 500 million people, has cyanide, and the bitter type can be deadly if not processed right. Almonds, eaten worldwide, can also be deadly in large amounts because of cyanide.
Anthony points out that, while plants have nutrients, they’re not as readily available to our bodies as we think, due to nutrient blockers and things that disrupt digestion. He says all essential nutrients in plants can also be found in meat.
Tim Noakes makes the same point.
Meat is best
Anthony argues that chemicals in plants cause a lot of harm and illness. He suggests we should see chronic diseases not just as diseases, but as toxicities and malnutrition from eating too many plants and not enough meat.
- Meat is an excellent source of complete proteins, containing all the essential amino acids necessary for the human body. Animal proteins are readily absorbed and utilised by our body.
- Animal sources provide key nutrients that are either lacking or poorly absorbed from plant-based alternatives. For example, Vitamin B12 is primarily found in animal products and is essential for brain function and the formation of red blood cells. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA and EPA, are abundant in fatty fish and are crucial for brain development, reducing inflammation, and maintaining heart health. While some plant sources contain ALA, the conversion to DHA and EPA is inefficient in our bodies.
- Plant-based diets require supplementation while carnivore diets don’t.
- A carnivore diet eliminates potential allergens and anti-nutrients found in many plant foods. Certain individuals may experience sensitivities or allergies to common plant-based foods such as gluten, soy, or legumes.
There is growing evidence that suggests the carnivore diet has positive effects on various health conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and mental health.
Here is my conversation with Anthony.