The unusual carnivorous diet that is seen more and more and is very risky

The unusual carnivorous diet that is seen more and more and is very risky

There are many countries like Argentina and Spain that consume more meat than what is recommended as a matter of custom, despite the fact that most recommendations call for limit the consumption of this food (and especially red and processed meats), there are people who choose to continue on that path: the carnivore diet is a pattern that prohibits the consumption of all kinds of products of plant origin.

Other popular low-carb diets, such as the Keto and paleo diets, limit but do not exclude carbohydrate intake. However, the Carnivore Diet aims for zero carbohydrate intake.

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What is the carnivore diet

The Carnivore Diet arises from the controversial belief that ancestral human populations ate primarily meat and fish and that high-carbohydrate diets are to blame for today’s high rates of chronic disease.

The carnivore diet means getting nutrition from foods of animal origin and severely limit or eliminate all plants from the diet. The purpose of this way of eating is to improve health, lose fat, heal the body and mind, and alleviate many chronic diseases.

What are the risks of ketogenic diets

The typical ketogenic diet suggests that between 70 and 75% of the calories we eat daily come from fat, 20% from protein and no more than 10% from carbohydrates. On the other hand, the carnivore diet almost completely eliminates carbohydrates and does not specify the caloric percentage that fats should represent.

Most emphasize consuming healthier mono- and polyunsaturated fats, but this is not the case with carnivore diets. The fats present in animal products are mainly saturated fats (with the notable exception of fish, which are very rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids), the least healthy because they raise LDL cholesterol levels (colloquially called ‘bad cholesterol’) in the blood.

In general, All ketogenic diets tend to increase LDL cholesterol levels both in the short and long term. At the same time, it is thought that they may increase the risk of kidney stones, gout and osteoporosis.

Why it is not advisable to follow a carnivore diet

Taking into account that ketogenic diets induce greater fat burning in the body, they could be indicated in the treatment of certain diseases, and can serve as the start of a weight loss program in those people who need it for clinical reasons.

Although it is ultimately up to the patient and their doctor to prescribe the diet based on the characteristics of the case and decide issues such as the specific nutritional pattern and how long it should be maintained, it is often considered inappropriate to follow these diets in the long term. This would be especially pronounced in the case of a carnivorous diet.

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