You might get scurvy, like a pirate. Cooked meat contains very little vitamin C, notes Donald Beitz, a nutritional biochemist at Iowa State University. Without the vitamin, scurvy would bring on rashes and gum disease, not to mention very bad breath. Moreover, meat lacks fiber, so you'd probably be constipated. All in all, you wouldn't be healthy or comfortable.
That said, some groups of people have survived—even thrived—on an animal-only diet. Research suggests that traditionally the Inuit ate any number of meats, including seal, whale, caribou and fish. But they rarely, if ever, ate plant fiber. The key to their success, says Harriet Kuhnlein, the founding director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment at McGill University in Montreal, was eating every part of the animal, "and you have to eat some of it raw." Raw meat contains vitamin C (which is lost when cooked), and the skin, hooves and bones contain fiber. For greens, Kuhnlein adds, traditional Inuit "ate the stomach contents of caribou and deer."
Historically, they were quite healthy, she says; they almost never suffered from heart disease. Today, the meat-heavy diet lives on in the form of the controversial Atkins Nutritional Approach. Formulated by cardiologist Robert Atkins in the early 1970s, the diet prescribes that adherents dramatically cut their carbohydrate intake.
The American Heart Association issued a statement in 2001 condemning the diet for cutting necessary sources of nutrients, stating that devotees were "at risk for compromised vitamin and mineral intake, as well as potential cardiac, renal [kidney], bone and liver abnormalities."
This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of Popular Science magazine..
FYI: What Would Happen if I Ate Nothing but Meat?
A: Evidently you turn into Robert Goulet.
Ever heard of gout?
The question that follows is, "Why would anyone want to eat only meat?" There are so very many other yummy things to eat as well as meat. I can't imagine giving up all the other stuff I love to indulge in.
I'm glad I'm not an Inuit who lived back in the days when they didn't have access to bananas & oranges & broccoli & beets & pecans & cheese & garlic & olives & tomatoes & raspberries & blueberries & sweet potatoes & asparagus & cherries & bell peppers & spinach & green beans & lentils & sweet cream & popcorn & whole grain spelt bread & quinoa & oatmeal & cranberries & caramel & & & & & &...
The only thing that makes an all meat diet not work is cooking it. That is why lions (and every other carnivore on the planet) do just fine. You are what you eat, and what you eat is what it eats, etc.
Raw liver is stuffed full of Vit D and C. Hair is fiber (and the problem is usually over ingestation with most animals, hence, the owl pellet and the hairball).
So, if you are willing to kill, blend, and slurp, go for it. I would suggest a nice ivermectin chaser, however, as worms tend to be an issue (as they are for most animal species, including humans, over most of the planet).
We are built, however, to be omnivores and omnivores we should be. While an all meat diet is possibly, as is an all plant diet, we do best with variety.
The answer to your question is that no one would. But that's not what this article is about. First you have to understand that this is an extremely liberal/progressive leaning magazine. Their topics are dominated by global warming, gun control, environmental studies, gay rights, left leaning political news, etc. This article is a subliminal attempt to show how vegetarian or vegan diets make more sense than an all-meat diet. Another popular progressive topic. It's to highlight the contrast between the two different diet mentalities and to show once again how enlightened liberals are compared to us Neanderthal meat eaters.
But as you rightly pointed out, no one would want to eat just meat. The plant eaters main reason for avoiding eating meat falls into their 'animal cruelty' category. I guess they're not so picky with plant life. Save the tress, eat the cabbage. lol. Their enlightened mentality has limits I guess.
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GGenua . . . rock on. Extremely well put.
I am of the opinion that the optimal human diet is balanced . . . hence why we don't have all molars like horses do, or all incisors like dogs.
GGenua is against the research of such things as the environment, gun control, global warming, or any number of things that might create opinion based upon evidence in opposition to what he believes. Nowhere does it say in this article that you shouldn't eat meat just the downsides of ONLY eating meat and how people HAVE lived off of just meat. Your hatred toward liberals is pretty overt. Perhaps you should cruise on back over to Fox Nation?
My fathers neighbor died from the Atkins diet. Potassium deficiency.
Why not? we are omnivores - we can SURVIVE on ether plant or animal food.
We may not be perfectly healthy but we can survive.
When i saw the title, i was already expecting to see some vegetarian brainwashing post about how you need plants and meat will kill you... at least... it didnt go that far.
And meat comes in soo many diff forms that you could get everything you need.
birdmeat, cattle, pigs, fish, craps/lobster, snails and maggots and oysters... Its all meat.
All of that protien we'd be... Superhuman ... lol ;)
i eat a lot of meat, i grew up on a beef farm, so essentially to me; veal is a vegetable ... lol
Also curious, what would a meatarian drink? water, milk, meat juice, or gravy ... mmm ... delicious gravy. heart attack alert.
Anywho on a serious note: ... the article is correct, if you were to take on a Meat only diet, it's not exactly the best choice. you COULD do it, but we need veggies, like it or not, to balance out our nutritional needs. You would definately need to take vitamin supplements. if you were to forego all other foods.
ps. mineral oil helps to unclog the old GI tract. not too often though, or you become dependant on it.
pss. Another way to unclog the GI tract is a solution of water and sea salt (Has to be NON-iodized) 2 teaspoons of salt to 1 quart of WARM water. maybe a pinch of lemon juice and then down the hatch.
CAUTION: if you do the salt water cleanse ... DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE FOR THE DAY. It literally flushes EVERYTHING OUT.
Also always do your own research before trying anything you read on the internet (ie. my post), and only try when you are comfortable. remember it is at your own risk.(there, thats my liability statement)
Meat makes up 95% of my diet. I have experienced no problems so far and I've been eating this way for over a decade. FTW.
Why does a self induced heart attack look so yummy? LoL
I love fox news, although I understand that they are conservative leaning and not completely accurate. Just as I understand that msnbc, cnn, huff-post and popsci are liberal leaning, which I also watch and read by the way. But hey, I have to balance all this liberal nonsense somehow. So yeah I do love how foxnews doesn't mince words or try to be politically correct so much. And I do hate the liberal mentality that they are somehow superior or smarter or, preposterously, more tolerant, as you just tried and failed to show. But I am not against the research I mentioned, I am just against it being used by popsci as the ONLY such research, when there is plenty of opposing research that popsci fails to bring to light. As a true science magazine would. And please don't ask me to educate you by demanding sources when there are multitudes of them all over the web should you choose to open your eyes and do some research instead of being spoon fed like so many liberals seem to be. Hence, my complaint was not about the research, but about popsci and it's biased choice of topics. A little 'understanding' of what you read on my initial post and a little less jumping to liberal conclusions would have prevented you from showing your liberal tendencies of attacking someone personally.
But I forgive you. I know you can't help it.
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Oh an frosty one last thing,
My whole point is that NO ONE eats just meat. So why research this at all? And my response was to betsy_ross who asked the reasonable question, 'why would anyone eat only meat?' And I felt that to give an accurate response I had to give her some background on popsci itself and why they would even present such research.
You see, if you close your mind to other points of view you can't help but be wrong half the time. That's why I am not against gun control, since it would not effect legal gun ownership. And I am not against cleaning up the environment, since it just makes sense to do so. I am not against gay rights, since their rights would not effect me. And I do believe the earth is warming, though not man made. Hey and I even believe in evolution, wow. See how wrong you were about me? Just because you thought you knew me by misunderstanding one post of mine. You liberals should really be more tolerant. lol. Eat a steak and have drink or somethin'! Jack Daniels! Goes great with a good prime rib!
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Well now we know why the T.Rex is extinct lol ^>^
I've been eating nothing but meat for almost 4 years. I do like steak medium rare, but I don't always have it that way, and most of the time I'm not eating the whole animal.
It's not that I don't like vegetables; I love them. It's just that I'm drastically healthier when I don't eat them.