Your Ultimate Carnivore Diet Food List | All Things Carnivore (2022)

If you are looking for a list of carnivore diet foods, this post is definitely for you. I have been in the same situation and done extensive research on this topic. This post hopefully will clarify any confusion you have about what best to eat on the carnivore diet.

Unlike many other carnivore diet food lists published elsewhere on the web, I won’t give you a list of foods and tell you what you should eat. Instead, I will go through the reasons why you should eat these particular foods on the carnivore diet.

It could be a bit winding but, generally, when you understand the whys, you will remember more and are more likely to make better choices in the long run.

However, if you just want a list, please click this link.

Below, let’s look at what our ancestors ate for millions of years, what food choices we have today, and what best to eat given the available options.

What did our ancestors eat?

Our ancestors were definitely not generalist omnivores as previously widely believed. Instead, they were hyper-carnivorous apex predators that ate mostly meat from large animals for 2 million years, according to recent research led by Doctor Miki Ben-Dor and Professor Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University.[1]

In a paper titled “The evolution of the human trophic level during the Pleistocene”, published in theYearbook of the American Physical Anthropology Association, January 2021, and generated headlines around the world, the researchers identified 25 sources of evidence in total.

Together the evidence shows that, for 2 million years, humans were hyper-carnivorous that dined on the meat of large animals. Their diet was definitely not that of typical hunter-gatherer societies.

Only the extinction of large mammals due to extensive hunting led to a gradual increase of plant foods in the human diet and eventually led to the advent of agriculture and humans were forced to become farmers to survive.

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Imagine living in the world of our ancestors back in those days. Together with your tribe, you would be moving about from one place to another, looking for food and eating whatever you could hunt or scavenge.

You might be feasting on a woolly mammoth for weeks and then an elephant or a couple of zebras or a rhinoceros. I don’t know, I’m just guessing. The point is you would have been eating a wide variety of healthy animals that roam freely in their natural environment.

When food was aplenty, you would eat just the most treasured parts of the animals. When food was scarce, you would eat everything, nose-to-tail, to survive. Sometimes the food would be eaten fresh, other times would be cooked.

In this post, I’ve discussed in detail how to eat healthily on the carnivore diet and listed five general principles that I believe you should follow. They are:

  • Eat from awide varietyof animal sources to ensure sufficient nutrients. Eat meat (beef, lamb, goat, bison, pork, chicken etc.), seafood, eggs, bone marrow, bone broth, organ meat, butter, cream, yogurt, and tallow.
  • Eatnose-to-tailor as many different parts of an animal as possible. Eating this way will respect the sacrifice of the animals, minimize waste while ensuring you have all the necessary materials you need to build a perfectly healthy human body
  • Eat fromnaturally or well-raised animalsas much as you can afford (e.g. grass-fed ruminants and pasture-raised pork and chicken)
  • Eatunprocessedor minimally processed foods to preserve nutrients and minimize harmful additives
  • Eata mixture of cooked, lightly cooked or raw meatif it’s safe and you can tolerate because some nutrients can be destroyed due to prolonged cooking.

These principles basically try to emulate the way that our ancestors ate for millions of years which determines our genetic makeup to these days.

What food choices do we have today?

Fast forward to today, it is a totally different picture.

We don’t hunt or scavenge anymore. Instead, we go to the supermarkets, farmers’ markets, or the butchers and buy whatever’s on offer.

A few lucky ones may be able to afford and have access to good quality food from animals that have been raised well in their natural environment. If you were one of those, it would not be difficult for you to follow the healthy eating principles listed above.

However, for the majority of us today, it would mean buying meat from animals that are raised in conditions that are so far removed from their natural environment.

According to some estimates from animal rights groups, more than 90% of farmed animals worldwide live on factory farms.[2, 3, 4]

Whether you choose to believe their statistics or not, the percentage of animals raised in factory farms for human consumption is very high given the increase in living standards, higher demand, and the pressure to cut costs.

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Let’s have a look at how these animals are actually raised in a factory farm environment.

Cattle[5, 6, 7, 8]

Beef cattle

Cattle raised for beef are the only factory-farmed animals that are still raised largely outdoors. This is likely due to their size and the fact that cattle are herbivores.

Cattle raised for beef graze on pasture until they are about 12 to 18 months old before being sent to a feedlot. They will spend about 4 to 6 months at the feedlot where they are fed a grain-based diet to accelerate weight gain.

Grass-fed beef cattle will spend their whole lives on pasture.

Grass-fed, grain-finished beef cattle generally remain on pasture but are supplemented with grains or are moved to a feedlot just a few weeks or a month for the finishing phase.

Dairy cows

Dairy cows at factory-farmed operations are mostly kept indoors and are housed in:

  • Tie-stall barns, where cows are tethered to a stall
  • Free-stall barns, where they can move around and have straw bedding areas to lie on
  • Dry lots, which have no vegetation or bedding.

Milk production begins after the birth of a calf. Dairy cows are milked for 10 to 12 months, given a couple of months break, and then impregnated again for another cycle.

Dairy cows are given bovine growth hormone, a drug approved by FDA, to increase milk production. They are also given antibiotics to treat infections.

Pigs[9, 10, 11, 12, 13]

Pigs raised for meat in factory-farmed operations generally spend their entire lives in barren crates or concrete pens so small that they have no room to turn around. They do not have outdoor access. Sows spend their reproductive lives confined to a small gestation crate.

These pigs are fed a grain-based diet consisting of corn, soybean, wheat, barley, oat, and added vitamins and minerals. Because pigs are omnivores, I would say a 100% plant-based diet is unhealthy for them.

In the US, farmers are allowed to feed human food waste to pigs but in some countries like Australia and the United Kingdom, it is illegal to feed them products containing meat.

Pig feeds obviously affect pork quality and we will look at this issue in more detail in the next section. However, of note is the fact that pigs have single stomachs like humans and they can’t convert polyunsaturated fatty acids into saturated fatty acids and, as a result, pork is relatively high in polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to ruminant meat.

Furthermore, because these pigs are raised in unnatural barren environments, unable to socialize, explore and forage, they are stressed and aggressive abnormal behaviors like tail-biting are common. To fix this problem, piglets routinely have their tails and teeth trimmed off without anesthetics.

Pasture-raised pigs, on the other hand, are free to roam and will feed on what they can find on the pasture but are also provided supplementary feeds. They will eat bugs, insects, grass, fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, and foliage.

Feral pigs will eat many things including small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, crayfish, eggs, earthworms and other invertebrates, and all parts of plants including the fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs and foliage.

Chicken[14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19]

Chickens raised for meat

Chickens raised for meat are raised indoors in large sheds at a high density of around 20,000 to 30,000 birds per shed. These chickens usually don’t have access to the outdoors and are likely to spend their entire lives in the sheds.

They are excessively fed grains and oilseed meals or animal by-product meals for fast unnatural growth. These have a significant impact on the quality of the poultry meat produced and we will look at this issue later on in more detail.

Lights in those sheds are on most of the time to restrict their sleep and keep them eating and growing and, as a result, they are chronically sleep-deprived.

They are also given drugs to control parasites and low-dose antibiotics to prevent or treat diseases likely related to unhealthy living conditions.

Genetic selection results in these chickens’ extremely fast muscle growth but their bones, hearts, and lungs cannot keep up. A large proportion of these chickens have leg problems and can’t support their own weight due to unhealthy excessive growth. Being forced to squat in their own waste means other health problems follow like breast blisters, hock burn, and chronic dermatitis. Some can’t even move to reach food or water and will die of starvation or dehydration.

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In 1925, it took 16 weeks to raise a chicken to 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg). Today, chickens weigh double that in just 6 weeks.

In 1957, the average growth period for a chicken to reach slaughter weight was 63 days. By the 1990s, it took only 38 days and the amount of feed required halved.

Chickens raised for eggs

If you have raised your own chickens for eggs, you will know that hens are incredibly private. They like to lay eggs in individual nest boxes in private areas. Once I found over 30 eggs in a pocket of leaves behind our garage. One of the hens had decided not to lay eggs in the nest boxes provided but out of sight of everyone else. Some of these eggs must have been laid over a month before I discovered them but all of them were in perfect condition.

The hens in factory farms, however, are grouped together in small cages. Up to 10 hens are put in one cage roughly the size of a file drawer. They eat, poop, and lay eggs in one unnatural place. Of course, they would still lay eggs but how stressful this unnatural environment would be for them. Their beaks, therefore, are trimmed at a young age to prevent abnormal pecking behaviors and cannibalism.

And of course, like the chickens raised for meat, hens are fed and drugged in a similar way to maximize egg production.

A hen in a factory farm produces, on average, about 320 eggs over her life span of about 72 weeks, compared to about 4 years for a pasture-raised hen that is allowed to lay eggs in a more natural way.

Pasture-raised chickens

Pasture-raised chickens spend their time outdoors during the day and only go indoors at night to sleep. As a result, they feed on whatever they can find in the pasture.

Being omnivores, they will eat insects, bugs, grubs, grass, and whatever else they can find. Interestingly, they certainly prefer meat over plant foods! If you throw them kitchen scraps that have some fat trimmings and vegetables, they will definitely fight over the fat trimmings rather than the vegetables.

Pasture-raised chickens are given supplementary feed because it is unlikely to be economical if they are left to live off the pasture foods only. However, pasture-raised eggs are of superior quality compared to caged chickens because:

  • they get a wide variety of foods from the natural environment
  • they are a lot more healthy given the free outdoor access
  • they are a lot happier.

Fish[20, 21, 22]

It is estimated that today about half of all fish consumed worldwide are farmed.

Similar to pigs and chickens, farmed fish are crammed in small enclosures that there isn’t much room for them to swim about.

For example, salmons are housed in cages with 5,000 to 50,000 fish each. They are treated with antibiotics and routinely injected vaccines.

Their feed includes wild fish supplemented with vegetables, chicken, and other land animals. Due to the difference between their diet in the wild and what they are fed in aquafarms, the flesh of salmon turns grey color and so farmers use the colorings astaxanthin and canthaxanthin to dye flesh pink. Canthaxanthin has been linked to retina damage in humans.

Other fish like rainbow trout, Atlantic Halibut, Atlantic cod all have drugs, chemicals, and pollutants in them.

Summary

Overall, factory farming is definitely not a pretty picture, to say the least.

Animals everywhere are suffering to serve humans.

If we could choose to eat plant-based foods and remain healthy, I’m sure most of us would make that choice. I had tried to follow a mostly plant-based diet before believing it was healthy, but my body didn’t agree with me.

We evolved from a heavily meat-based diet and that is a fact. If lions are forced to turn into herbivores, or zebras are forced to become carnivores, these species will be wiped out. And humans suffer serious health consequences when we eat a diet that we are not meant to eat.

I think it would be helpful to separate the two arguments: what foods are healthy for us and how can we produce those foods in an ethical manner that is good for the environment in the long term.

For humans, based on the available evidence, a heavily meat-based diet is what we are meant to eat, full stop. The question then is how we can raise animals in an ethical way and give them a good life before they have to sacrifice for human consumption. Every living thing dies at some stage, the key question is the quality of life, but this is a big topic that is outside the scope of this post.

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However, I think it would be conflating the two separate arguments and illogical to say that: because most animals are raised in horrible conditions to make foods for humans, we should eat plants instead and seek evidence to prove that a plant-based diet is healthy.

What are the best carnivore diet foods?

Prioritize grass-fed, pasture-raised or wild-caught animals

Given what we know about how cows, pigs, chickens, and fish are raised for meat, eggs, and dairy, it is obvious that, if you have the means, it is a no brainer that you should buy produces from grass-fed, pasture-raised or wild-caught animals as much as you can. That means eating the following foods:

  1. Grass-fed beef + organs + bones
  2. Grass-fed lamb + organs + bones
  3. Pasture-raised pork + organs + bones
  4. Pasture-raised chicken + organs + bones
  5. Pasture-raised eggs
  6. Grass-fed milk, especially raw milk if you have access to safe raw milk and can tolerate
  7. Other grass-fed, wild-caught animal source foods (bison, deer, kangaroos, and other wild games).

This is supported by the nutrient data shown below.

Table 1 – Nutrients of grass-fed beef, grain-fed beef, wild-caught salmon and farmed salmon[23]
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The key differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef and wild-caught salmon and farmed salmon are in their better fat contents:

  • Grass-fed beef has 12.7 grams of fat per 100 grams compared to 15 grams per 100 grams for grain-fed beef
  • Wild-caught salmon has only 6.3 grams of fat per 100 grams compared to 13.4 grams of fat per 100 grams for farmed salmon
  • Grass-fed beef has a lower omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of only 4.9 compared to 8.4 for grain-fed beef
  • Wild-caught salmon has an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of 0.1 compared to 0.4 for farmed salmon.

Although some argue that grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish also have better vitamin and mineral contents than farmed counterparts, that is not what we see in the above data. There isn’t a huge difference in these nutrients between grass-fed and grain-fed beef and between wild-caught and farmed salmon based on the available USDA data.

However, remember that cows that spend their entire lives living in their natural environment and eating a species-appropriate diet will be more healthy and less likely to be injected with hormones to stimulate growth or drugs to treat diseases.

Similarly, wild salmon will eat their natural diet of wild fish and are free to swim in the ocean, while farmed salmons are housed in crowded cages, eat an unnatural diet, are fed antibiotics, injected with vaccines, and are dyed pink to look appealing to consumers.

Although I can’t find full nutritional data on pasture-raised pork and pasture-raised chickens and pastured eggs, some limited data available show that they are expected to be nutritionally superior compared to farmed counterparts:

  1. Tests done on pasture-raised eggs have found that they have:[24]
    • 1/3 less cholesterol
    • 1/4 less saturated fat
    • 2/3 more vitamin A
    • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
    • 3 times more vitamin E, and
    • 7 times more beta carotene compared to caged eggs
  2. I can’t find full nutritional data on pastured pork. However, a small study has found that pasture-raised pork have much better omega 6 to omega 3 ratios compared to factory-farmed pork. In particular:[25]
    • conventional factory-farmed pork’s ratio was 29:1
    • pasture-raised pigs fed with grains’ ratio was 14:1
    • pasture-raised pigs fed with 50% reduced grains’ ratio was 10:1
    • pasture-raised pigs fed no grains at all was an impressive 5:1.

If you are in the US, you’d be lucky because you can have access to bison which is always 100% grass-fed and free from antibiotics and hormone treatments. Similarly, in Australia, you can get kangaroo meat which is 100% grass-fed, free from drugs, and is usually more affordable than beef.

Prioritize ruminant meats if you can’t afford grass-fed, pasture-raised or wild-caught animals

Unfortunately for most of us, having to consume factory-farmed meat is the reality that we live in. If you are amongst those and choose to follow the carnivore diet for whatever reasons, the best foods to eat are those from ruminants like cows, sheep, and goats because:

  • They are raised the best amongst farmed animals. As described above, cows are still largely raised outdoors and allowed to graze for part of their lives before being fed grains during the finishing phase. In contrast, most farmed pigs and chickens spend their entire lives indoors and are fed a diet that is vastly different from their natural diets
  • Their nutritional profiles are also better than that of pork and chicken as shown below.
Table 2 – Nutrients of ground beef, ground lamb, ground pork, ground chicken and farmed salmon[26]
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Looking at the above data, the main differences between ruminant meat and pork and chicken are their fat contents.

Remember you could get different results for different batches of meat tested.

For these particular samples tested by USDA, ground beef and ground lamb have 15 grams and 23.4 grams per 100 grams respectively, consistent with the fact that lamb is generally known to be fattier than beef. Ground pork and ground chicken have 21.2 and 8.1 grams per 100 grams respectively, consistent with the fact that pork is generally known to be fattier than chicken.

Beef and lamb have a lower level of polyunsaturated fats (at 3% and 8% respectively) compared to pork and chicken (at 9% and 19% respectively).

Their omega 6 to omega 3 ratios are also lower, 8.4 and 3.2 compared to 23.9 and 13.8 for pork and chicken respectively.

The reason why this makes beef and lamb a better choice is the skyrocketing in the consumption of polyunsaturated fats, in particular, omega 6 fatty acids in the US has been linked to many modern-day health problems.

While our hunter-gatherer ancestors are thought to have consumed omega 6 and omega 3 in the ratio of approximately 1:1, in the US, current intake data indicate that this ratio has blown up to approximately 10:1.[27]

Therefore, your staple food on the carnivore diet should be ruminant meat like beef, lamb, goat, bison and deer. If you would like pork and chicken for variety, preference or budget constrain reasons, you should choose lean pork and lean chicken.

As can be seen in the table below, although lean pork and chicken still have poor omega 6 to omega 3 ratios, their total fat contents are low. Lean pork has only 2.5 grams of fat per 100 grams and lean chicken has only 3.9 grams of fat per 100 grams.

Table 3 – Nutrients of lean beef, lean lamb, lean pork and lean chicken[28]
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If you need animal fat for cooking on the carnivore diet, the best type of fats is also ruminant fats as can be seen in the table below.

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Table 4 – Nutrients of beef fat, lamb fat, butter, lard and chicken fat[29]
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Your ultimate carnivore diet food list

In summary, if you can afford to pay for grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild-caught animal source foods, life is a bit more simple on the carnivore diet. All you have to do is to follow the five healthy eating principles that I have set out in detail in this post: eat a variety of foods, eat nose-to-tail, eat foods from well-raised animals, eat unprocessed and eat a combination of cooked, lightly cooked and raw foods.

Even if you’re constrained by a budget like many of us are, choose grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild-caught sources whenever you can, even that means having to buy your less favorite cuts, offcuts, bones, or organ meats that you are not familiar with. Producing good quality meat while looking after the welfare of the animals is an expensive business. By eating nose-to-tail and not wasting anything, we help those farmers and pay our respect to the animals that have to sacrifice their lives for us.

If you can’t afford grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild-caught animal source foods, still try to follow these five principles, however:

  • Your staple food on the carnivore diet should be ruminant meats like beef, lamb and goat. If you can have access to bison and kangaroo, they are great too and personally, I would choose those over conventionally farmed beef, lamb, and goat
  • If you like to add pork and chicken for variety, choose lean cuts of these meats and add in ruminant fats which are currently very affordable
  • Have a small amount of ruminant organ meats such as liver, heart, kidney, tripe, oxtail on a regular basis. If you are concerned about the high level of vitamin A in liver, please read this post to see how much liver you can have safely in a day
  • Make and drink bone broth regularly and have a couple of pieces of bones a day for calcium especially if you can’t tolerate dairy
  • Have seafood once or twice a week. If you can’t afford fresh wild-caught seafood, I would rather choose canned wild-caught seafood over fresh farmed seafood. Canned fish with bones in is also a great source of calcium
  • Have eggs regularly if you like. Although farmed eggs have a poor omega 6 to omega 3 ratio compared to ruminant meat, their fat content is relatively low
  • Have dairy occasionally for calcium if you can tolerate dairy products.

Below is a summary table that you can print out and stick on your fridge for easy reference.

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Disclaimer:The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

Sophia Le, PhD

I'm Sophia Le. A few years ago, I came across the carnivore diet by accident. I was intrigued and tried to find out as much as I can about this way of eating. On this site, I write about what I know so people who are interested can learn about it and make decisions that are best for their health.

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FAQs

What is carnivore diet food list? ›

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.

How do you get all the vitamins in carnivore diet? ›

Multivitamin — This is another supplement that you should take if you're following the carnivore diet. This is because this supplement will help you get enough of all of your other vitamins and minerals that you would normally get from fruits and vegetables.

Are onions OK on Carnivore Diet? ›

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

What snacks are good on the carnivore diet? ›

  • 1 Steak Leftovers. The carnivore diet is based around fresh ruminant meats, and there's no reason why your carnivore snacks need to veer from this ancestral staple. ...
  • 2 High Fat Cheese. ...
  • 3 Beef Jerky and Biltong. ...
  • 4 Beef Liver Crisps. ...
  • 5 Grass-fed Butter. ...
  • 6 Heavy Cream/Butter Coffee. ...
  • 7 Hard Boiled Eggs. ...
  • 8 Pork Rinds and Cracklings.
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What veggies are OK on carnivore? ›

Adding vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and kale may sometimes be required, despite the fact that they are technically prohibited by the diet. When it comes to energy before exercise, sweet potatoes and apples are best advised.

What cheese can I eat on carnivore diet? ›

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.

What vitamins are missing in the carnivore diet? ›

It's possible to get most nutrients from a carnivore diet if it includes organs (especially liver and sweetbreads) and seafood (especially salmon and mollusks). The most difficult nutrients to source from meat are vitamin C, boron, vitamin E, antioxidants and fiber.

What nutrients are missing in a carnivore diet? ›

BOTTOM LINE: The Carnivore Diet eliminates all foods except meat and animal products. Thus, it's lacking in numerous nutrients like fiber, loaded with salt and fat, and difficult to maintain.

Where do carnivores get magnesium? ›

While there are carnivore friendly foods like roe (fish eggs), salmon, cod, and mollusks that can be good sources of magnesium. The amounts needed to reach your RDA for magnesium require a significant amount of these foods each day.

Is Bacon OK on carnivore diet? ›

If you need a side dish to your porterhouse steak, then consider a few slices of bacon, bone marrow, or some animal liver to increase your body's protein intake. It's not only the foods that has limits while on carnivore diet but with drinks too.

Can you eat pickles on the 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.

Can I eat avocado on carnivore? ›

Are avocado and olive oil OK for cooking meat on a carnivore diet? Yes. Many carnivore diet followers use these oils to prepare and seal in juicy flavor.

Can you eat popcorn on carnivore? ›

Snacking on the Carnivore Diet

With the carnivore diet, sometimes called the meat diet, you cannot have fruits, vegetables, soy products, sugars, corn products, MSG, vegetable oil, additives, preservatives, and some dairy products.

Is yogurt OK on carnivore? ›

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.

Is mayonnaise allowed on Carnivore Diet? ›

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 drink coffee on the carnivore diet? ›

On the one hand, coffee beans are the seed of a fruit, therefor coffee is basically fruit seed extract. Since carnivore means eating only meat and animal products, coffee is clearly not part of the carnivore diet food list.

Can you eat peanut butter on carnivore diet? ›

Can you eat peanut butter on a Carnivore Diet? No, peanut butter is not an animal product.

Is sour cream 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.

Is Greek yogurt a carnivore? ›

Are You Allowed Yogurt On Carnivore? Yogurt is a little trickier than cheese, as it will have some sugars, although research suggests that half of those sugars never get absorbed. This is in greek yogurt, your standard yogurt tub should just be avoided.

What is a carnivore bar? ›

The Carnivore Bar is a high-fat meal replacement bar containing only three ingredients: beef, tallow, and salt, no-salt, or salt + honey options. The ingredients we use are of the highest quality, and our grass-fed, grass-finished beef is sourced from Joyce Farms, a family-owned farm since 1962.

Does carnivore diet have jello? ›

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.

How do I get enough electrolytes in my carnivore diet? ›

On a keto or carnivore diet, you require between 3-4.8g of potassium a day. This is easier to get from food alone than sodium is. A cup of bone broth contains almost 500mg of potassium and 100g of beef contains 350mg. A couple of steaks and a cup or two of bone broth and you have probably hit your daily intake!

Does carnivore diet help with inflammation? ›

The carnivore diet has been linked to health benefits such as: Lowered blood sugar. Decreased intestinal discomfort (such as gas and bloating) Decreased inflammation.

Should you take a multivitamin on carnivore diet? ›

Carnivore dieters must take special care to avoid being deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. Advocates of the diet insist that it supplies all needed nutrients if they eat “nose to tail” — meaning, organs.

How do you get vitamin C on the carnivore diet? ›

In fact, when eating a carnivore diet of at least 1000 grams (2.2lbs) of fresh muscle meat alone, you will exceed the amount of vitamin C you need to prevent scurvy (vitamin c deficiency). You can also increase your vitamin C intake on a carnivore diet with the addition of organ meats and seafood.

How much water should I drink on 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.

What vitamin has no meat? ›

Vitamin C is the only essential vitamin not found in useful amounts in cooked animal foods.

Can you eat olives on carnivore diet? ›

Vegetable and seed oils like canola oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil are very inflammatory and not included in this diet. But, since olives are fruits, and so are avocados, olive oil and avocado oil are more acceptable options. Many people on animal-based diets still include avocados and olives in their diets.

How do carnivores get their calcium? ›

Carnivores are also able to utilize animal fat. If their prey is small, they can chew and swallow bones, which serve as a source of calcium. Some carnivores, particularly cats (family Felidae), are obligate carnivores, meaning they cannot obtain all the nutrients that they need from the plant kingdom and bacteria.

Can you get all your vitamins from meat? ›

There are some nutrients you just can't get from meat

Folate, along with vitamins C and E, pretty much only come from veggies, mostly green leafy ones and citrus. This is why sailors used to get scurvy—not enough vitamin C in their largely fish- and other-meat-based diets.

Can you drink milk on the carnivore diet? ›

Strict carnivore will not include milk or dairy, although some people find they can handle butter without a problem.

Can I eat deli meat on carnivore diet? ›

Deli meat snacks.

Steer clear of the pre-packaged deli meats. All the additives and salts should be avoided if possible. Fresh deli meats are a great on-the-go snack choice. Turkey, chicken, and roast beef are all delicious options to eat whenever, wherever.

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.

Can I eat garlic on carnivore diet? ›

The most challenging part here will be coping with no condiments or flavorings. Carnivore Diet purists eliminate all seasoning except for salt because seasonings like pepper, garlic powder, and paprika are plant based.

Can you eat blue cheese on carnivore diet? ›

Cheese on the carnivore diet is a bit controversial.
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Cheese on Carnivore is a Great Source of Vitamin K2.
Carnivore Diet Cheeses High in Vitamin K2Per 100 grams
Soft cheeses (brie, camembert, gouda, creamy blue cheese)59 mcg49%
Edam cheese49 mcg41%
Cheddar24 mcg20%
2 more rows
15 Aug 2022

Can you eat honey on carnivore diet? ›

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.

What spices are OK on carnivore diet? ›

Best Carnivore Diet Spices & Herbs
  • basil.
  • bay leaf.
  • parsley.
  • sage.
  • vanilla bean.
  • rosemary.
  • thyme.
  • dill.
6 May 2020

Can you drink alcohol on carnivore? ›

If you're a practicing or aspiring carnivore and you're wondering about alcohol, the short answer is that the carnivore diet and alcohol are not compatible. A carnivore diet meal plan is straightforward: only meat and other animal products like cheese and butter. Alcohol is made from fermenting grains and fruit.

Can I eat chicken wings on carnivore diet? ›

If you are craving crunchy fried chicken but want to keep it clean for a Carnivore diet, these crispy golden wings are perfect for you. The mouthwatering baked wings are healthy and unrefined, making them ideal for dinner, lunch, or a snack.

Can you eat eggs on the carnivore diet? ›

Carnivore diet involves eating all animal products, including dairy & eggs.

Are eggs carnivore? ›

Since a carnivore diet is a low-to-no carb high-fat diet, the fats from eggs are a welcome source of primary fuel.
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Fats in Eggs.
Healthy Fats Per 100 grams of Eggs
Saturated Fat3 grams
Monounsaturated Fat4 grams
21 Jul 2022

What fruits are carnivores? ›

Therefore, muscle meat alone will not give your body the required amount of folate. Adding fruits to the carnivore diet will help fulfill this requirement. Fruits such as bananas, blackberries, strawberries, papayas, oranges, and avocados are excellent sources of folate.

Is yogurt a carnivore? ›

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.

Can you drink coffee on a carnivore diet? ›

Since carnivore means eating only meat and animal products, coffee is clearly not part of the carnivore diet food list.

Can you eat peanut butter on carnivore diet? ›

Can you eat peanut butter on a Carnivore Diet? No, peanut butter is not an animal product.

Can you eat popcorn on the carnivore diet? ›

Snacking on the Carnivore Diet

With the carnivore diet, sometimes called the meat diet, you cannot have fruits, vegetables, soy products, sugars, corn products, MSG, vegetable oil, additives, preservatives, and some dairy products.

Can you drink milk on a carnivore diet? ›

Strict carnivore will not include milk or dairy, although some people find they can handle butter without a problem.

How many eggs can you eat a day on the carnivore diet? ›

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.

Is Sausage OK on carnivore diet? ›

Because you're not eating carbs—or any plant foods at all—it's crucial that you get enough calories to keep your energy up, so fattier cuts of meat are best. Poultry and organ meats are also fine, as are processed meat products such as bacon and sausage.

Can I eat watermelon on the carnivore diet? ›

Plant-based foods—such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruits—are the only sources of dietary fiber, and they're completely off-limits on the carnivore meal plan.

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.

Can you eat garlic on carnivore diet? ›

The most challenging part here will be coping with no condiments or flavorings. Carnivore Diet purists eliminate all seasoning except for salt because seasonings like pepper, garlic powder, and paprika are plant based.

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 you eat olives on carnivore diet? ›

Vegetable and seed oils like canola oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil are very inflammatory and not included in this diet. But, since olives are fruits, and so are avocados, olive oil and avocado oil are more acceptable options. Many people on animal-based diets still include avocados and olives in their diets.

Is sour cream 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.

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