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History of the Carnivore Diet

According to the people who advocate the benefits of the carnivore diet, there is a simple reason behind its effectiveness. The reason that our ancestors preferred to eat most of the time because gathering fruit and vegetables took up a lot of energy. Hunting and eating meat were much more energy efficient. Due to this carnivorous diet followed by our ancestors, our bodies evolved in a way that they run at the most optimal level when our diet is meat-centric. This is one of the main theories behind which the carnivore diet is supported.

In recorded history, there are many examples of people from a variety of ethnic, cultural or even geographical backgrounds that survived on a meat-centric diet and remained quite healthy throughout their lifetime. On the other hand, no civilization has been noted to follow a purely vegan diet through generations. There has to be a reason behind which most people through the ages preferred meat as the main component in their diets.

These days, there are a lot of stigmas against meat. A lot of people seem to be advocating a vegetarian or vegan or even fruitarian diet that is free of all meat or animal-sourced food. We are told that meat is the reason behind artery clogging, weight gain, high levels of cholesterol, constipation, etc. Thus, you should give up meat and follow a solely plant-based diet; however, no civilization has people who have survived healthily on a vegan diet from childhood until old age.

If you consider it anthropologically, the real-world examples of various cultures following a particular diet is much more valid than any scientific studies that are conducted to understand something. The fact that people thrived on the carnivore diet through the ages is a much more valid testimony that the information gathered by a scientific study conducted on a few people over a few weeks. The former is a more realistic way of looking at the diet than the latter, which will involve a group of people eating more meat than usual for some time while a study is being conducted.

There have been studies conducted to specifically show that a diet with fewer animal products is healthier than one with more of it; however, these studies have mostly failed to prove it since a non-vegetarian culture is not less healthy in any way compared to a vegetarian culture. Animal foods are quite essential for the health of a human being. If you take a look at different groups all around the world and study their history as well, you will see that every healthy community survives on at least a few animal foods if not a lot. There is no healthy group of people with complete independence from animal-sourced foods.

Like we mentioned before two specific groups in the world are used as a prime example of a healthy carnivorous community. The first group is the Eskimos who eat meat and fat almost exclusively. People who lived in the Arctic regions saw a change in their diet only around the latter part of the 1800s when trade routes were being built extensively. This provided them access to sugar, flour and other European foods that were then introduced into their original diet; however, before this change in their diet, they were healthier on the diet that primarily consisted of animal protein with fat. The second group is the Masai people of Africa who eat very little plant foods and survive mostly on meat, milk and even blood of animals. The herdsmen from these regions in Africa ate more meat when they were age 14-30 since these were their warrior years. More meat was considered crucial to stronger bodies and thus would be beneficial for a warrior. It is to be noted though that the old cultures that adopted this kind of meat-centric diet did so to adapt to certain extreme environmental factors. Most of the groups around the world who followed a carnivorous diet resided in desert, arctic or sub-arctic regions. The food is scarce in such areas, and the availability of food is unpredictable as well.

Many other communities survive on a meat-based diet as well; for instance – the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic region. Their diet consists mostly of fish, walrus, whale and seal meat. In the Russian Arctic, the Chukotka people live on a diet of marine creatures, caribou meat, and fish. In East Africa, the Samburu, as well as the Rendille people, have survived for years on a meat and milk diet. In Mongolia, the Steppe nomads usually eat dairy products and meat daily. In South Dakota, the Sioux are known to have buffalo meat as the staple in their diet. Beef is the main part of meals for the Brazilian Gauchos.

As you can see, a carnivorous diet has been followed all over the world for a very long time, and these people have enjoyed healthy lives through generations despite the stigma against meat. The dogma that exists about saturated fat and cholesterol from meat in the American diet is completely discredited. The groups of people in the Arctic and African tribes that eat meat filled diet do not have any recorded instances of heart diseases or such ailments in the past and these increased only when modern foods were introduced in their diets.

If you take time to look at the diet of the ethnic groups that exist in the Arctic region, you will see that they consume barely any amount of fruit or vegetables all year around. Doesn’t that make you wonder how they survive or manage to live healthy lives? You probably doubt that they received sufficient amounts of the essential vitamins and minerals in their diet then; however, they have lived like this for a very long time and thrived on this diet as they still do today.

One of the prominent studies that support the carnivore diet is one conducted by a dentist from Cleveland by the name of Weston A. Price. He started an investigation that he carried out on the subject for nearly a decade. From his profession, he observed how most people suffered from dental issues and other metabolic conditions. He noticed all the health issues and even the facial deformities that kept increasing in the number of patients he saw. He was curious about the cause of these problems because he believed that God was not the one who would allow this kind of suffering among his people. This curiosity and interest prompted him to research the root cause of all these diseases. At that point 60 years ago, there was no one else who had given this much thought. He was the only one who wanted to study various civilizations around the world and learn the cause of the health issues he came across in different people. He went from the Swiss region to Africa, Australia and many more places around the world. Everything he observed and studied, he noted down in his published book called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.” This book was quite eye opening to the people who read it. Price’s focus was on the food habits of ethnic groups from different parts across the globe, which was relatively untouched by the modern diet. He saw that these people displayed very good physical health and there was barely any incidence of the modern-day diseases that are common in the outside regions. He was surprised by this and was curious about how they could be in such good health without any aid from modern medicine. The key to all his questions lies in the eating habits of these isolated ethnic groups. His observation was that they all had a diet that barely had any plant produce and was mostly based on animal-sourced products. His study was just another proof of the fact that meat is a very healthy component of the human diet and should not be eliminated. A meat-centric diet has sufficient amounts of the required nutrients and minerals that are required for optimal physical health.

Another study to be noted is one that was conducted nearly 40 years ago in Point Hope, Alaska. The place is very isolated, and this was why they were still on a very meat focused diet. The study was published in the year 1972 and gave various observations based on their diet and health. It said that the people of Point Hope were one of the very few remaining cultures that survived on the Eskimo diet. Their daily calorie intake was averaged at 3000 kcal per person, and half of this was from fat while about 35% was from protein. Only a maximum of 20% of their calories was derived from carbohydrates that were in the form of animal starch. Their diet scarcely had any grain and the only time sucrose was ingested when a little was added to tea or coffee. The research showed that the residents of Point Hope had nearly ten times lower incidence of heart disease compared to the rest of the general population in the United States of America. You can see from this that meat does not have a negative impact on your cardiovascular health as you are told these days. Yet Vilhjalmur Stefansson conducted another meat-based diet research on the Inuit people between the years 1906 and 1919. He described this research in his book called “The Fat of the Land.”

According to this study, the Inuit eat a completely meat-based diet all year round. Under some rare circumstances, they might eat some plant foods like berries, which were preserved for eating in the winter. If no meat was available, they sometimes ate vegetables as a last resort. The anthropologist himself tried the diet for a while but could not stick to it; however, in his study, he told of how the Inuit people of both genders and all ages were leading healthy thriving lives while surviving on 100% meat. The study also said that these people were free from scurvy and other meat-related diseases that the modern civilization fears. They don’t even consume any salt with their meat yet have no issues related to sodium or electrolyte levels in their body. The study too demonstrated how traditional groups like these thrived on the carnivore diet and were in robust health.

As you keep reading this book, you will see how the carnivore diet works and why it is beneficial for you even in this day

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