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Welcome back to let's chat diets! In this episode, we talk everything carnivore diet. It would have been great to get a guest on board who is a carnivore but it proved quite difficult as a large proportion of the vocal carnivores are either absolute zealots or will refuse to remove the tunnel vision and have a logical discussion. We assure you though that we did our best to look at both sides of the coin and we certainly came prepared with multiple solid studies to get into.


As well as Toms craziness (this week it went to a new level) we focus on breaking down certain claims made by carnivores.

  • Weight loss ("Insulin Spikes")

  • Better Heart Health (Saturated fat)

  • Lower inflammation

  • Plants are bad (Antinutrients)

  • Don't need fibre

  • Sugar is toxic

  • Pesticides

  • Environmental impact

We go in study heavy on this one BUT as you'll find out studies are sometimes very misleading. Bill brings up 3 whopping studies showing no link between high levels of saturated fat and coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease Tom then replies with some very important information. What we found is that it's very easy to cherry-pick certain data and certain studies to fit your bias and when it comes to actual decent relevant data there are no decent studies in support of this diet. If you go online you'll see numerous "success" cases but we get into why these may be and reiterate that anecdotal evidence is the lowest form of evidence. 


Studies Mentioned


Questionable Saturated Fat Studies

The effect of replacing saturated fat with mostly n-6 polyunsaturated fat on coronary heart disease

Association of saturated fat and cardiovascular disease 

Associations between fatty acids and coronary disease


The Data That Matters

Saturated Fats Compared With Unsaturated Fats and Sources of Carbohydrates in Relation to Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

A study that unequivocally established that LDL causes ASCVD

Importance of reducing SFA to limit CHD


Studies on Fibre

Questionable 1999 study

Consumption of dietary fibre from cereals and fruits INVERSELY associated with risk of coronary heart disease

High intake of dietary fibre reduces the risk of incident colorectal, adenoma and distal colon cancer

High fibre intake was associated with a lower risk of CVD

Rectal Cancer: 20% Risk Reduction Thanks to Dietary Fibre Intake

Mechanical being Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg malfunction

Is this how humans drink water?

Is this how humans apply sun cream?

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