Is Cheese Okay on the Carnivore Diet? | All Things Carnivore (2022)

Cheese is controversial on the carnivore diet. Some argue that cheese is inflammatory and evolutionary inconsistent and should be avoided. Some think it’s an animal source food and it’s fine to add liberally to your diet. So, is cheese allowed on the carnivore diet?

Cheese is okay on the carnivore diet in moderation for those who can tolerate cheese and dairy products because it is nutritious and rich in calcium and can help meet your calcium need easier.

Eat cheese if you enjoy and can tolerate it. However, you don’t need to purposely add cheese to your diet because you can get all the necessary nutrients you need if you already eat nose-to-tail and eat a variety of animal source food.

The remainder of the post covers how cheese is made, nutritional profiles of some common cheese, whether cheese is okay on the carnivore diet, who should avoid cheese altogether, and what type of cheese is the best.

How cheese is made?

Cheese is made from milk following the steps below:[1, 2]

  • Standardization. Milk from farms first needs to go through a filter and fat, cream or protein may be added to reach a certain standard to produce consistent quality cheese
  • Pasteurization. The milk is then heat-treated to kill off dangerous bacteria or organisms that may spoil the cheese
  • Adding starter cultures. Starter cultures which contain good bacteria are added to the milk to ferment the natural sugar in milk (lactose) and turn it into lactic acid. Lactic acid is what causes the milk proteins to curdle into lumps and gives them the sour smell. Different types of starter cultures are used to produce different types of cheese
  • Coagulation. A coagulant such as natural rennin or rennet, a lab-created equivalent, is added so that the solids in milk can be formed and separated
  • Cutting, stirring, heating, salting and pressing. After coagulating, the curds are cut, stirred and heated to allow whey and moisture to come out. It is then salted and shaped using molds or pressed into a hoop and brined
  • Aging. Once the cheese is shaped, it can be aged from a few days to a few years in a controlled environment. The aging process makes the cheese harden and enhance its flavor.

Cheese’s nutrition

Below is the nutrition information of some common types of cheese.

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As you can see, cheese is high in proteins and good fats (including omega 3 fatty acids) and low in carbohydrates.

Cheese is also a very good source of calcium and contains a high amount of a number of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium.

Is cheese okay on the carnivore diet?

Cheese is okay on the carnivore diet in moderation for those who can tolerate cheese and dairy products because it is nutritious and rich in calcium and can help meet your calcium need easier.

Eat cheese if you enjoy and can tolerate it. However, you don’t need to purposely add cheese to your diet because you can get all necessary nutrients if you already eat nose-to-tail and eat a variety of animal source food.

Let’s have a look at the reasons for this recommendation below.

1. Cheese is nutritious

As can be seen in the above table, cheese is nutritious. It is high in proteins and good fats and is a good source of a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

As an animal source food, it is free from anti-nutrients and highly bioavailable. If you buy unprocessed cheese, it is also free of preservatives and other additives.

Furthermore, many people are lactose intolerant because they don’t have the lactase enzyme to digest lactose (the sugar in milk). But they may be able to tolerate cheese because it has very little lactose left. The bacteria have done a good job of converting lactose into lactic acid during the fermentation process.

If you can tolerate cheese well, it’s definitely okay to include it in your carnivore diet.

2. Cheese is rich in calcium and can help meet your calcium need on the carnivore diet

Cheese is a great source of calcium and can help you meet your calcium need on the carnivore diet much easier.

The daily calcium intake recommended by the Institute of Medicine is 1 gram per day.[3] A 100 gram serving of cheddar cheese will deliver 721 mg of calcium, meeting 70% of this recommended intake. A 100 gram serving of parmesan cheese will deliver more than 100% of this recommended intake.

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Muscle meat alone has very little calcium, for example, a 100-gram beef steak has about 16 mg of calcium.

However, remember that this is the recommendation for the general population who are not on the carnivore diet. Your calcium need on the carnivore diet is likely to be lower due to better absorption.

Because carnivore food is free from anti-nutrients, the calcium absorption rate is likely to be much higher compared to plant food. For example, spinach is rich in calcium too but it is also high in oxalates which bind with calcium and hinder absorption. Spinach’s bioavailability is only 5% compared to 30% for dairy products.[4,5]

In short, you probably don’t need to consume as much calcium on the carnivore diet. If you can tolerate cheese, add a small amount to your diet and it’ll help you meet your calcium needs much easier.

3. Cheese should be consumed in moderation

Although some people may say they are okay with cheese, consuming it in excess or over a long period of time may potentially become an issue due to a number of controversial factors discussed below.

Lactose

Lactose is the sugar in milk. To digest the milk sugar, you need lactase enzyme. The lactose-free milk you see in the supermarket is just ordinary milk with lactase enzyme added.

A majority of adults lose the ability to produce sufficient lactase to digest milk properly.

It is estimated that globally, about 68% of the population is lactose intolerant but the prevalence is much lower in some European regions (about 28%) compared to the Middle East (about 70%). [6]

Some people who are lactose intolerant can eat cheese but some still can’t because even though the fermentation process substantially reduces the lactose content, there is still some lactose left. Depending on how it is made, some cheese may still have enough lactose left to cause problems for some people.

Milk proteins

The two types of milk proteins are casein and whey.

Whey protein, though fast absorbed by the body, is potentially problematic when consumed too much because it can stimulate insulin release.[7]

The main controversy lies with the other protein, casein.

Casein has two variants, A1 and A2. The only difference between A1 and A2 is a difference in the 67th amino acid in the chain. Most modern farmed cows produce A1 casein while certain cow breeds (Charolais, Guernsey, Jersey, and Limousin), buffalo, goats, and sheep produce A2 casein.

In humans, digestion of A1 casein, but not the alternative A2 casein, releases beta-casomorphin-7, which activates μ-opioid receptors expressed throughout the gastrointestinal tract and body. A1 casein has been linked to a number of health problems such as type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and some other autoimmune conditions in some observational studies.[8, 9, 10, 11]

A1 casein is thought to be the reason why some people have problems with cows’ milk but are okay with goat and sheep milk which contain mostly A2 casein.[12]

The a2 Milk Company Limited was established in 2000 to commercialize A2 brand milk which sells for a lot more than general cow’s milk.

However, a comprehensive investigation into A1 and A2 protein controversy by Truswell (2005) found that “there is no convincing or even probable evidence that the A1 β-casein of cow milk has any adverse effect in humans“. There is no evidence that A1 casein is a factor causing type 1 diabetes or heart disease.[13]

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The European Food Safety Authority also published a comprehensive 107-page scientific review in 2009 which concluded that available evidence does not indicate A1 casein consumption is the cause of any non-communicable disease.[14]

While we wait for further research on this, in light of the above controversies and because for most of human history, humans did not have access to another species’ milk, even if you are okay with cheese, to be on the safe side, consume it in moderation.

My interpretation of moderation is having it two to three times a week and having only one recommended serving each time. The suggested serving size for cheese is around 25 grams, so a couple of small slices of cheese should be the limit.

4. You don’t need to purposely add cheese on your carnivore diet

People eat cheese because it’s a good source of calcium and possibly out of fear that they may not get enough calcium on the carnivore diet eating animal-based food only.

As mentioned above, because animal-based food is free from anti-nutrients which prevent efficient absorption of calcium and other minerals, you don’t need as much calcium on the carnivore diet.

If you are concerned, you can take a bonemeal supplement which you can easily make yourself using leftover bones from bone broth. Here is the instruction on how to make bonemeal.

Another nutrient that cheese is a good source of is vitamin K. However, there is plenty of vitamin K in beef liver. If you eat beef liver and pate, you will get enough vitamin K for your body’s needs.

Like calcium, vitamin K1 from plant sources is poorly absorbed by the body. Vitamin K2 from animal source food has a much higher absorption rate.

In summary, you don’t need to purposely go out and add cheese to your diet if you already practice eating nose to tail and eating a variety of animal food. You can get all nutrients that your body needs from animal-based food.

However, if you love cheese and don’t have any apparent health issues, it’s perfectly fine to eat it on occasion, but please don’t overdo it. Cheese is a byproduct of milk which is intended for a growing animal. When you’ve finished growing, have it sparingly.

Who should avoid cheese on the carnivore diet?

People listed below should definitely avoid cheese on the carnivore diet.

Those who are dairy sensitive

It’s a no-brainer that if you suffer from digestive problems eating dairy products, you should avoid them.

However, it’s important to figure out exactly what it is that you are allergic to, whether it is the food itself or the way it is processed.

To find out if you have issues with cheese and dairy products in general, start an elimination diet with just beef, salt, and water and gradually reintroduce food one by one. Please check out this post on how to test individual food for intolerance.

When you introduce dairy products to test out, start with the best product you can afford. Fresh raw milk is probably the best to start with. Raw milk has many beneficial properties that help digestion but they are destroyed by pasteurization. If you would like to know more about milk on the carnivore diet, please read this post.

Try out different types of milk too like cow, goat, sheep, and buffalo milk and see which one you are okay with. After milk, you can test other products like yogurts and cheese.

Those who have health issues and are trying to fix them with the carnivore diet

If you have problems like leaky gut syndromes or autoimmune conditions (eczema, psoriasis, celiac, multiple sclerosis, etc.), stay with the best and safest food which is ruminant meats and their organ meats.

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I have written in detail in this post as to why ruminant meats and their organ meats are the best to eat nowadays.

If you have any concerns about your calcium intake, save some bones from your bone broth and add one to two pieces to your meals a day. You can also make bonemeal easily from the leftover bones when making bone broth. By doing this, you will have no problems getting 1 gram of calcium a day.

Wait until you’ve fully recovered before testing out if you can handle cheese and other dairy products.

For your information, the ICMNI in Hungary which has been using a high fat animal-based diet to treat many chronic diseases including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer and intestinal permeability exclude dairy in their protocol.

Patients with autoimmune conditions, cancer and intestinal permeability are put on a strict carnivore diet that has only meat, fat and organ meat.

Because their protocol is derived from the clinical data of thousands of patients, I consider this a high quality recommendation.

Those who are trying to lose weight

If you are trying to lose weight, it’s best to stay away from cheese because it is high in calories and has a low satiety level.

Cheese is very high in calories. For example, 100 grams of cheddar cheese has over 400 calories whereas 100 grams of lean beef has only 151 calories.

Cheese also has a low satiety level compared to muscle meat. It is especially hard to portion-control when you love cheese.

You can certainly lose weight on a high protein and high fat diet, but a high protein and moderate to low fat diet will be a lot more effective for weight loss.

Choosing the best cheese

It’s best to get full fat hard cheese from grass-fed ruminants.

Cheese that has gone through a long fermentation process (e.g. Swiss, parmesan, cheddar, Manchego, gouda) is likely to be better for digestion than otherwise because those beneficial bacteria have already done some digesting work for you. Their flavors tend to be better too.

Avoid processed cheese and cheese with additives or infusions.

Avoid shredded cheese too, it often contains preservatives to prevent mold growth and additives (e.g. potato starch and cellulose) to keep the cheese from clumping together.

Read the labels carefully when shopping. Generally, look for cheese that only has milk, salt, cultures, and enzyme in the ingredient list.

If you have a delicate digestive system (e.g. after healing your leaky gut), get cheese made from A2 milk like goat, sheep, and buffalo, it’s more gentle on the stomach according to anecdotal evidence.

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Is Cheese Okay on the Carnivore Diet? | All Things Carnivore? ›

In addition, some people choose to eat yogurt, milk, and soft cheese, but these foods are typically not included due to their carb contents. Foods allowed on the Carnivore Diet include all meats and fish, eggs, bone marrow, butter, and lard, as well as small amounts of hard cheese and heavy cream.

Can you eat cheddar cheese on carnivore? ›

Hard cheeses like cheddar and parmesan can also be consumed on carnivore, but they are higher in protein and have some carbs.

Is dairy allowed on Carnivore Diet? ›

If you stick to eating just meat (the all meat diet), you'll be fine. Dairy products are allowed since they come from animals, but this is where you will begin to find carbohydrates creep onto the nutritional labels.

Is cream cheese OK on Carnivore Diet? ›

Meat, Eggs, and Dairy

Dairy is a game-changer when you are on the carnivore diet. Creamy cream cheese, tangy yogurt and sour cream, melty cheddar, and heavy cream all add richness, flavor, and variety to carnivore. Kefir, cultured cream, and yogurt can all add probiotics as well.

What cheese is carnivore friendly? ›

8. Aged Cheese. The carnivore diet lets you eat hard, aged cheeses like swiss, parmesan, feta, and other low-lactose dairy products including cottage cheese, kefir, and ghee. People vary in what they allow and don't allow, but if you choose low-lactose options and eat them in moderation, you should be fine.

Is Bacon OK on Carnivore Diet? ›

Foods You Can Eat on the Carnivore Diet

Meat: Your main calorie source should come from fatty cuts of grass-fed meat like NY strip steak, porterhouse, ribeye, 80/20 ground beef, t-bone, bacon, pork chops, and flank steak.

How many eggs a day do carnivores eat? ›

To follow a steak and eggs diet it's simple. The following is a list of requirements: Every meal should contain between 4-6 eggs, and 0.75 to 1.5 lbs of steak. Eat two meals per day anytime of the day.

Can you eat hot dogs on Carnivore Diet? ›

Yes, you can eat hot dogs on a carnivore diet. That being said, because hot dogs are junk food, they should not be part of any any healthy carnivore diet or lifestyle. Typically, a carnivore diet contains a high amount of protein and fat with low carbohydrates.

Can you have pickles on Carnivore Diet? ›

Pickled foods are a great source of electrolytes which is important since many people on the carnivore diet experience electrolyte imbalance. In fact, on any low carb diet, it can help to up your electrolytes.

How often do you poop on carnivore diet? ›

Often reporting that they poop so little or sometimes not at all. The Carnivore diet is a low residue diet which means that once your body is done taking everything it can from the food you consume, there's not much waste leftover.

What happens the first week of the carnivore diet? ›

In the first few weeks of the carnivore diet, you'll likely get regular cravings for carb-rich foods. This could be anything - from sweet foods like cake or a cinnamon bun to plant foods like a humble potato. One of the main reasons for this is that your body is still struggling to get all the energy from fat.

What kind of milk can I drink on the carnivore diet? ›

Drink the milk fresh or make raw milk yogurt, kefir, and soft cheeses. Full fat raw milk is a great animal-based carbohydrate source that gives many people a major boost in digestive and metabolic health, a modified carnivore diet with raw dairy can be a game-changer.

What sweets can I eat on Carnivore Diet? ›

What desserts can I eat on the carnivore diet? You can eat any dessert that's made with carnivore-friendly ingredients. These include eggs, egg yolks, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, butter, other types of low lactose dairy, and gelatin. There are lots of possibilities, but cheesecake is a hands-down favorite.

Can you eat peanut butter on Carnivore Diet? ›

If you're going to cheat – and I did on that first week – try eating something that's not too far from the diet, such as peanut butter. While peanut butter is not part of the diet, it's not as bad for you as something like Twinkies, and it's really tasty so it can help you overcome cravings for something much worse.

Is Ham okay on Carnivore Diet? ›

No, it is not okay to eat meats that are processed even if they're high-protein. In fact, ​people on carnivore diet are ​advised to best avoid processed meat.

Can you eat mayo on carnivore? ›

Mayo is made with seed oils, most commonly soybean and canola. A better choice is avocado-oil mayo, but we really prefer you just use butter, cream cheese, or sour cream to add creamy richness on the carnivore diet.

Can I eat yogurt on carnivore diet? ›

Some dairy products are also allowed, such as yogurt and milk, but strict carnivore dieters may eschew them because they contain lactose, a naturally occurring sugar that does add carbs.

How long does it take to get results from carnivore diet? ›

After doing this for 21 days, I can honestly say that a full transition would probably need at least 4-6 weeks. In the beginning, your body is working on getting fat adapted and the brain is being rewired to not crave carbs, and that could take quite a bit of time for some.

How fast do you lose weight on carnivore diet? ›

When you switch to eat meat through the ketogenic diet or carnivore diet, focus on how you feel good rather than the number on the scale. Even if you're gaining weight, after 3 months, your body will find its balance, and you will lose body fat without eating as much.

Can you have onions on carnivore diet? ›

Low carb dairy: yogurt, butter, ghee cream, cheese, kefir, cottage cheese. Avocado. Non-starchy veggies: cucumbers, lettuce, radish, celery, onion.

How much water should I drink on a carnivore diet? ›

17. How Much Water Should You Drink On Carnivore Diet. The old rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water per day, but that may be more or less than what you need on the carnivore diet. Instead, you should focus on drinking when you're thirsty and drink water until that thirst is quenched.

Does carnivore diet reduce inflammation? ›

Reduced inflammation.

For some, the carnivore diet can greatly reduce inflammation, both in the digestive system and throughout the body, making it a possible solution for those with autoimmune disease and other inflammatory conditions as a way to calm the system while putting other measures in place.

How long does it take to get into ketosis on carnivore diet? ›

After my carnivore diet

Depending on your diet and exercise routine going in, it can take anywhere from three days to several weeks to get your body comfortable on a keto diet, Hemingway explained.

How long does carnivore diarrhea last? ›

The gastrointestinal issues lasted about two weeks, Rogan wrote later. At the time, Rogan's Instagram suggested a typical day of eating on the carnivore diet involved two meals.

Can you drink coffee on carnivore? ›

On a carnivore diet, you can take as much water and bone broth as you want, but it is better to stay away from tea, coffee, alcohol, and other plant-based drinks.

Can you eat fried chicken on a carnivore diet? ›

Any animal-based cooking fat will work great for a carnivore preparation. I prefer to use lard, which is just the leftover oil I keep from cooking bacon. Try to find a small pan as close in size as possible to just one or two of your chicken pieces to avoid having to use a lot of oil.

Can you have butter on carnivore diet? ›

Butter is a staple food on the carnivore diet because adds nutrition to your dishes and enhances the flavor of your meat. There is a wide range of butter products on the market, from margarine to grass-fed butter — but it's essential that you avoid anything made with vegetable and seeds oils.

Can you eat ice cream on Carnivore Diet? ›

Carnivore dieters eat meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products that are low in lactose (the sugar found in milk), like butter and some hard cheeses. Fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, are totally off limits, as are dairy products like milk, yogurt, high-lactose cheeses, and ice cream (via Healthline).

Will cucumbers kick you out of ketosis? ›

Cucumber. Cucumber is another popular salad vegetable. It contains many essential nutrients, including vitamin K. Cucumber is also suitable for the keto diet, as its carb content is just 3.63 g per 100 g.

Is Avocado good for carnivore diet? ›

In short, avocados are not bad for you, and can be part of many ancestral diets. However, avocados should not be part of a carnivore diet, because the histamine, flavonoids and salicylates they contain negate the positive effects of the diet.

Why have I stopped losing weight on carnivore diet? ›

The main reason a carnivore diet might not lead to weight loss is because you need to stick to it for a while for it to work. Short term, the carnivore diet helps reduce weight quickly, but over time our metabolism adjusts itself so that there is no further decrease in weight.

What are the side effects of the carnivore diet? ›

There are short-term and long-term carnivore diet side effects. At first, you may experience a set of symptoms known as the keto flu that are caused by depriving your body of glucose.
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Short-term side effects.
NauseaVomiting
HeadacheFluid imbalances
FatigueDizziness
InsomniaConstipation
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Why am I so thirsty on the carnivore diet? ›

"High insulin levels in the body trigger your kidneys to hold onto water and sodium." When you eliminate carbs and sugar from your diet, your insulin levels drop, and your kidneys release this stored sodium and water. As water exits your body, you may find yourself getting thirsty.

Which is better keto or carnivore? ›

The keto diet is a better choice for most people because it has more flexibility with food choices than the carnivore diet, which makes it easier to maintain long-term. Ultimately, the best diet is the one that works for you long-term.

What vitamins do you need on carnivore diet? ›

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  • Vitamin D — This is one of the most important supplements that you'll need to take on the carnivore diet. ...
  • Vitamin K2 — Vitamin K2 is another diet supplement that you should take if you're following the carnivore diet or any other high-fat diet.

Is honey carnivore friendly? ›

Advocating Against Honey in a Carnivore Diet:

Honey is a carbohydrate source (a combination of fructose and glucose, higher in fructose), and not a source of protein or fat in any way, so it doesn't qualify.

Can you eat jello on Carnivore Diet? ›

Gelatin dessert is a change from meat, yet 100% based on animal foods. The jello-like texture is a welcome treat for those seeking to heal their body without any plant-based ingredients.

What can I drink while on the carnivore diet? ›

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Can you snack on Carnivore Diet? ›

While scientifically there is little to no difference, avoiding grain-fed beef and buying grass-fed beef for your snacks is a better option. You'll want to look for ingredients like vegetable oil, soy additives, olive oil, and low carb labeling indicates poor choices for carnivore diet snacks.

Is Cheddar a hard cheese? ›

Parmigiano, Grana Padano, Pecorino, Cheddar, Gruyere, Emmental, and Mimolette are some of the most popular hard cheeses. Nutritionally, hard cheeses are rich in fat, protein, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and sodium.

What foods are avoided on the carnivore diet? ›

You eat only meat, fish, eggs and some animal products; you exclude all other food groups — including vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. The carnivore diet boasts weight loss, improved mood, as well as blood sugar regulation.

Can you eat mayo on carnivore? ›

Mayo is made with seed oils, most commonly soybean and canola. A better choice is avocado-oil mayo, but we really prefer you just use butter, cream cheese, or sour cream to add creamy richness on the carnivore diet.

Is yogurt allowed on Carnivore Diet? ›

Some dairy products are also allowed, such as yogurt and milk, but strict carnivore dieters may eschew them because they contain lactose, a naturally occurring sugar that does add carbs.

What's the worst cheese for you? ›

Unhealthy Cheeses
  • Halloumi Cheese. Be aware of how much of this squeaky cheese you're adding to your morning bagel and salads! ...
  • Goats/ Blue Cheese. 1 oz. ...
  • Roquefort Cheese. Roquefort is a processed blue cheese and is incredibly high in sodium. ...
  • Parmesan. ...
  • Cheddar Cheese.
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What is the healthiest cheese to eat? ›

The 9 Healthiest Types of Cheese
  1. Mozzarella. Mozzarella is a soft, white cheese with high moisture content. ...
  2. Blue Cheese. Blue cheese is made from cow, goat, or sheep's milk that has been cured with cultures from the mold Penicillium ( 10 ). ...
  3. Feta. Share on Pinterest. ...
  4. Cottage Cheese. ...
  5. Ricotta. ...
  6. Parmesan. ...
  7. Swiss. ...
  8. Cheddar.
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How often do you poop on carnivore diet? ›

Often reporting that they poop so little or sometimes not at all. The Carnivore diet is a low residue diet which means that once your body is done taking everything it can from the food you consume, there's not much waste leftover.

How long does it take to see results on the carnivore diet? ›

After doing this for 21 days, I can honestly say that a full transition would probably need at least 4-6 weeks. In the beginning, your body is working on getting fat adapted and the brain is being rewired to not crave carbs, and that could take quite a bit of time for some.

Can you have a cheat day on carnivore diet? ›

No, a cheat day is not allowed on the carnivore diet. Dr. Paul Saladino, author of The Carnivore Code and one of the leading figures in the carnivore diet space says cheat days create unhealthy habits because cheat food is junk food. Using this food as a reward sabotages the long-term benefits of the diet.

Are hotdogs okay on carnivore diet? ›

Yes, you can eat hot dogs on a carnivore diet. That being said, because hot dogs are junk food, they should not be part of any any healthy carnivore diet or lifestyle. Typically, a carnivore diet contains a high amount of protein and fat with low carbohydrates.

Can you eat pickles on carnivore diet? ›

Pickled foods are a great source of electrolytes which is important since many people on the carnivore diet experience electrolyte imbalance. In fact, on any low carb diet, it can help to up your electrolytes.

What desserts can you have on carnivore diet? ›

What desserts can I eat on the carnivore diet? You can eat any dessert that's made with carnivore-friendly ingredients. These include eggs, egg yolks, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, butter, other types of low lactose dairy, and gelatin. There are lots of possibilities, but cheesecake is a hands-down favorite.

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