Consuming a diet predominantly made up of animal products may increase the risk of developing heart disease, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Meta-analysis of four observational studies, including over 29,000 participants, found a 32% greater risk of the disease amongst those who consumed the highest amount of meat compared to those who ate the least. People who predominantly followed a plant-based diet had a 25% lower risk. Advocates of the “carnivore diet” stress potential health benefits such as weight loss and increased energy. However, nutritionists caution that a lack of balance heightens health risks.
A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who consume a predominantly carnivorous diet may be at a greater risk of developing heart disease.
The study was a meta-analysis of four observational studies including more than 29,000 participants. Each study categorized participants based on the amount of animal products they consumed, with the highest consumption group eating more than 25% of their calories from animal products.
The meta-analysis found that those who consumed the highest amount of animal products had a 32% greater risk of developing heart disease compared to those who consumed the least amount of animal products. Additionally, those who consumed a predominantly plant-based diet had a 25% lower risk of developing heart disease compared to those who consumed the least amount of plant-based foods.
This study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that a predominantly carnivorous diet may have negative health outcomes. While many people turn to a carnivore diet for weight loss or other health benefits, this new research suggests that the risks may outweigh the benefits.
Some may argue that the results of this study only apply to a specific subset of people and may not reflect the overall population. Additionally, other factors such as physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption may also play a role in heart disease risk. However, the authors of the study note that “modifying the diet to increase plant-based foods and decrease animal-based foods may be one strategy to lower the risk of heart disease and improve overall health.”
What is a carnivore diet?
A carnivore diet is a dietary approach that emphasizes the consumption of animal products and excludes most or all plant-based foods.
What are the health benefits of a carnivore diet?
Advocates of a carnivore diet claim that it can lead to weight loss, improved digestion, increased energy, and reduced inflammation.
What are the risks of a carnivore diet?
A predominantly carnivorous diet may increase the risk of heart disease, as well as other health problems such as kidney damage, constipation, and nutrient deficiencies.
Should I follow a carnivore diet?
While everyone’s dietary needs are different, it’s important to consider the potential risks and benefits before adopting a new dietary approach. If you’re considering a carnivore diet, speak with a registered dietitian or healthcare provider to weigh the pros and cons.