The reason the carnivore diet is so arresting is because most people believe that eating a lot of meat is not good for you. Years of PSAs have touted the importance of a well-balanced diet. Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden was a celebrated symbol of her healthy “Let’s Move!” campaign. President Donald Trump’s diet of steaks and burgers is often mocked.
Nutrition experts like Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, founder of The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, and Dr. Travis D’Souza, a senior resident who works with him, are just a few of many health professionals who can explain why the carnivore diet is a bad idea.
“Having a varied diet is so important,” D’Souza tells Inverse. “I would say this is not yet advisable. A meat-only diet can’t give you something like vitamin C, for example. Perhaps with proper supplementation this could be a reasonable thing to do, but there are also other risks of high red meat consumption.”
Baker is neither convinced by this advice nor by the guidelines handed down by the World Health Organization, which has warned of the potential carcinogenicity of eating red meat. He has his own sources of information.