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121: Is it possible to meet all your nutritional needs on a carnivore diet?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 121


Question: Is it possible to meet all your nutritional needs on a carnivore diet?

So the short answer to this question is yes, but the longer answer to this question, as I just went through, is it's quite complicated. 

I've said it with respect to carnivore diets. I think it's good to look at nutrition, kind of like an economic portfolio. If you are very, very expert, you can know what you're doing in limiting the asset classes you include in your portfolio. So, really know what you're doing. You can do carnivore or vegan, you can do it right or you can know whether you're not the right person to do either of those things. But, if you're not super expert and you're not willing to say, "Okay, this type of portfolio isn't going to work for me and my risk level," the best thing to do is to diversify. And you don't just diversify by eating different types of animal food. You diversify your asset classes. So just like no smart person who's not a massive expert should put all their retirement account into real estate. It's just much more robust to error to diversify your nutritional portfolio by eating a diverse number of animal foods, diversifying across the animal parts, nose to tail, diversifying across the species and doing the same thing with plant foods and thereby diversifying across plant and animal.

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DISCLAIMER: I have a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and my expertise is in performing and evaluating nutritional research. I am not a medical doctor and nothing herein is medical advice.

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