DEC 15, 2017 2:17 PM PST

What a Meat-Only Diet Will Do to Your Body

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

The daily recommended protein serving is between 55-60 grams per day for a person of about 150 pounds. This amount can easily be met in one meal with an 8-ounce steak you're not a vegetarian. But what if your entire diet consisted solely of meats?

Although possible, being a strict carnivore is risky business. For one thing, a meat-only diet deprives the body of essential vitamins. In particular, since cooked meats are low in vitamin C, strict carnivores may find themselves fighting horrific bouts of scurvy. And because meats lack fiber, these people will also have to battle severe constipation.

Even worse than scurvy and unending blockage, feasting only on meats for an extended period of time can cause the body to break down its own muscles. That's because meats contain few carbohydrates, which act as the body's go-to energy packets for nearly everything. If the body doesn't get enough carbs from diet, it will start to break down the muscles to sustain itself.

In light of what happens when the body gets only meat, ardent meat-eaters may want to sneak in some other foods too.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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