You’ve heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” It’s been a guiding aphorism in the popular discourse on food's effect on the body - and a pretty good one at that. But researchers are increasingly concluding that we’re less what we eat, and more what the bacteria in our gut eat.
The carnivore diet can seem like an extreme diet when compared to other modern approaches to health, despite the fact it's most likely the diet we not evolved on but thrived on. Even with that in mind, the transition from a Standard American Diet to the Carnivore Diet can have some unexpected side effects.
There’s a widespread perception that if people living in Western countries reduced their consumption of meat, then they could save the planet. Meat is seen as a significant emitter of carbon dioxide, and so the theory here is that cutting it from the diet will help reduce carbon footprint.