If any diet is diametrically opposed to mine, it’s the all meat diet. Why would people inflict that way of eating on their bodies – what possible benefits of all meat diet could they be expecting?
In a Google search for “Benefits of a Carnivore Diet” or “Benefits of a Meat Only Diet,” the top webpage reveals a host of supposed health benefits, including:
“Better Heart Health”
Huh? Better heart health from eating 100 percent meat?
All I learned from these search results is that Google is running a webpage popularity contest. It returns results with no regard for their truth or accuracy.
In some ways, Google’s like television. TVs sit in our homes, neither good nor bad. Yet with a push of a button, they expose us to people lying or people speaking the truth.
The truthfulness of a specific broadcast doesn’t matter much to the advertisers paying for it. What they care about is the size of the audience seeing their ads.
Google operates the same way. Its software ranks web pages primarily on the number of clicks they generate.
True, its algorithm prioritizes authoritative websites. However, “authoritative” doesn’t reflect the truthfulness of a page’s content.
Unfortunately, many people trust the top Google link to show them the truth about their search terms.
Allegedly, the majority of searchers don’t look beyond the first three results. So, in a quest to see what people could possibly think is healthy about consuming a carnivore diet, I clicked on the top result for “Benefits of a Carnivore Diet.”
At the top of the article (by the website’s editor-in-chief) is a checkmark indicating the website’s “advisory board” vetted it. After that is a profile shot of Dr. Vince Kreipke, Ph.D., CSCS, CISSN.
Regrettably, we live in a day when finding and paying a doctor to verify whatever you like is relatively easy.
Clicking on their credibility checkmark, I came to the bolded declaration:
“…the majority of the most popular health articles on the Web were deemed unreliable.”
The website also spells out a steadfast commitment to the truth and why readers can rely on the information presented. It boasts:
“We cite only the most credible scientific research, taken from the leading peer-reviewed academic journals. That means double-blind, placebo-controlled studies.”
Benefits of All Meat Diet? Says Who?
Returning to the article, I searched to see which double-blind, placebo-controlled study they cited in declaring that one benefit of the all meat diet is a healthier heart.
Unsurprisingly, they provided no citation to back their claim. The writer refers to a “solid pile of evidence” without linking to a single study that supports his heart health assertion.
The one piece of evidence he provides is a picture of another blogger’s “… blood lab, direct from his doctor.”
A quick look at this other blogger informed me that he’d authored the captivatingly-titled book F*CK Your Feelings.
By this time, I was too annoyed for more than a quick browse through the rest of the 5,000-plus word article. I didn’t turn up a single double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the benefit of all meat diet.
As we’ve often discussed on this blog, you can find individual studies to prove most dietary decisions. Trying to find the best balance of evidence takes more time but brings us closer to dietary truth.
I realize that attempting to understand the purported benefits of all meat diet through a quick Google search was laughable. Only I don’t feel like laughing. People believe this stuff!
Because they like meat, and this self-proclaimed “scientifically-based” website tells them what they want to hear.
The website’s Our Mission section wraps by saying they “uphold the highest standards, double- and triple-checking” every single one of their articles to make sure they are “factually correct, wholly accurate, and trustworthy.”
If that’s true, why is this top-ranked Google post going against almost every country’s dietary recommendations?
People the world over are advised to consume five portions of fruits and vegetables a day. These recommendations result from thorough reviews of a substantial amount of research.
In writing their recommendations, public health professionals aren’t cherry-picking a couple of celebrity-sponsored studies. They may face pressure from some quarters, such as agricultural interests.
Still, for the most part, they base their advice on an overwhelming amount of evidence pointing to the benefits of eating our fruits and vegetables every day.
The benefits of all meat diet are sorely lacking. I’ll be sticking with the all plant diet!