The Carnivore Diet, also known as an all-meat diet or zero-carb diet, is a dietary approach that includes only animal-based foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products while avoiding all plant-based foods such as grains, fruits, and vegetables.
The animal-based diet is a broader category that includes the carnivore diet as well as other diets that favor animal-based foods over plant-based foods. This diet can vary greatly depending on the individual, but it typically consists of meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and, on occasion, some plant-based foods.
Here are some more specifics and examples of each diet:
The Carnivore Diet:
The carnivore diet is a strict diet that excludes all plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The goal is to eat only animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. This diet’s supporters believe that our ancestors survived on a similar diet and that our bodies are better adapted to digest and absorb nutrients from animal-based foods.
Some proponents of the carnivore diet claim that it improves their energy, digestion, and mental clarity. However, this diet is divisive, and there is little scientific evidence on its long-term effects.
Carnivore diet foods include the following:
Meats such as beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, and others
Seafood and fish
Cheese, butter, and heavy cream are examples of dairy products.
Carnivore diet foods to avoid include:
Fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes are all examples of plant-based foods.
Chips, candy, and soda are examples of processed foods.
Diet Based on Animals:
A carnivore diet is included in an animal-based diet, which also allows for some plant-based foods, depending on the individual’s preferences and goals. This diet emphasizes animal-based foods because of their high protein, fat, and micronutrient content.
Foods found in an animal-based diet include:
Meat, poultry, and seafood
Cheese and butter are examples of dairy products.
Plant-based foods in small amounts, such as leafy greens, nuts, and seeds
Foods to limit or avoid during pregnancy