What can an all meat diet do you and your health?
It was in 1928 when two men chose to have an all-meat diet. Vilhjalmur Stefansson and his friend, K. Andersen ate only meat for one whole year, but of course they did so under supervision from two authors, McClellan and Du Bois. The authors published a paper in 1930 to talk about their findings about the all-meat experiment.
How It Took Place
The all-meat diet was rather plain and simple. The goal was to simply eat nothing but meat for the entire year. Throughout the experiment, there would be a few things to be measured, while some research papers would be written.
In the experiment, meat here was defined as something that comes from the body of any animal, which included:
- Lean muscle
- Bone marrow
Andersen and Stefansson could eat as much or as little as they want. Both were in good health before they did the all-meat diet.
What Happened After the Experiment?
The general effect to the men who ate nothing but meat for a year was none. They were still in good condition, physically after it was over. Their teeth did not deteriorate, bowel movement remained the same, and they did not have gingivitis either. However, both of them lost weight during the first week, mainly because their body was still adjusting to the new routine.
Is It Bad to Eat Meat Every Day?
According to the paper that published the experiment’s results, there were actually no negative side effects to eating meat every day. Both the subjects remained healthy after they finished the all-meat diet. However, in today’s world, it cannot be easily concluded. Most meats today go under a process that is not healthy for the body.
There are studies that show people who eat too much meat may develop the following health conditions:
- Cancer: Eating red meat daily increases the risk of developing cancer by at least 20%, especially pancreatic cancer.
- Heart Disease: Red meat also has high amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat, which are among the biggest contributors in the development of heart disease.
Many kids – and even adults – love to eat hot dogs. These are also meat, but are processed and come with preservatives, including nitrate, which can be carcinogenic if cooked in high heat.
There is evidence that our ancestors generally relied on meat to survive. But today’s world cannot be compared to theirs. While you can consume meat, especially lean meats, you should not eat in excess to remain healthy.