The healthiest carnivores around.

One of those things vegetarians don’t like you to mention is the Saami, Laplanders who traditionally herded reindeer and ate almost nothing but meat. They have bog standard rates of heart attacks and strokes, and a much lower rate of cancer overall than their neighbours. In spite of being exposed to a lot of radiation from Chernobyl. So much for meat being generally carcinogenic. It has to be pointed out none of they meat the eat is farmed, it’s all natural. They do have a higher incidence of bowel cancer, due to the way the preserve the meat (smoking it). But overall, they come out on top. They have a very low incidence of obesity too. They are only getting fat when they swap to ‘modern’ diets.I’ve read another study in the dim and distant past that found men that ate meat slightly more likely to have heart attacks, but a lot less likely to have cancer. This one agrees with it. The nurses study came to the same conclusion too.”Recent studies have not found a lower risk of heart disease, but have consistently shown an overall reduced cancer risk.”
Also, I found an article that calculates the proportion calories from animal flesh in a hunter gatherers diet. It’s not, as veggies claim, negligible at 10%, it over 65%.  

The paradoxical nature of hunter-gatherer diets: meat-based, yet non-atherogenic
L Cordain1, S B Eaton2, J Brand Miller3, N Mann4 and K Hill5
1Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA2Departments of Radiology and Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA3Human Nutrition Unit, Department of Biochemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4Department of Food Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Correspondence to: L Cordain, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. 80523, USA. E-mail:
Objective: Field studies of twentieth century hunter-gathers (HG) showed them to be generally free of the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Consequently, the characterization of HG diets may have important implications in designing therapeutic diets that reduce the risk for CVD in Westernized societies. Based upon limited ethnographic data (n=58 HG societies) and a single quantitative dietary study, it has been commonly inferred that gathered plant foods provided the dominant energy source in HG diets.Method and Results: In this review we have analyzed the 13 known quantitative dietary studies of HG and demonstrate that animal food actually provided the dominant (65%) energy source, while gathered plant foods comprised the remainder (35%). This data is consistent with a more recent, comprehensive review of the entire ethnographic data (n=229 HG societies) that showed the mean subsistence dependence upon gathered plant foods was 32%, whereas it was 68% for animal foods. Other evidence, including isotopic analyses of Paleolithic hominid collagen tissue, reductions in hominid gut size, low activity levels of certain enzymes, and optimal foraging data all point toward a long history of meat-based diets in our species. Because increasing meat consumption in Western diets is frequently associated with increased risk for CVD mortality, it is seemingly paradoxical that HG societies, who consume the majority of their energy from animal food, have been shown to be relatively free of the signs and symptoms of CVD.Conclusion: The high reliance upon animal-based foods would not have necessarily elicited unfavorable blood lipid profiles because of the hypolipidemic effects of high dietary protein (19-35% energy) and the relatively low level of dietary carbohydrate (22-40% energy). Although fat intake (28-58% energy) would have been similar to or higher than that found in Western diets, it is likely that important qualitative differences in fat intake, including relatively high levels of MUFA and PUFA and a lower -6/-3 fatty acid ratio, would have served to inhibit the development of CVD. Other dietary characteristics including high intakes of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals along with a low salt intake may have operated synergistically with lifestyle characteristics (more exercise, less stress and no smoking) to further deter the development of CVD.

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2002) 56, Suppl 1, S42-S52. DOI: 10.1038/sj/ejcn/1601353

3 responses to “The healthiest carnivores around.

  1. lololololololol

  2. Well, I care to differ. Look at the woman’s ass in the photo, its HUGE! Supermodels and stars do prefer to be vegan, and this makes them look better than the average person. And vegan Indios, Indians and Abessinians don’t age half as fast as Norwegians who eat more meat than Germans. Vegan and Nor-Vegan rhymes nicely; – its just shame that most of them don’t look so good, and age so early. Eating meat may make you blunt and bashing, but it can’t make you beautiful and sexy for long. Vegan people don’t need saunas or rejuvenation creams, and most certainly don’t get venarial diseases and DON’T smell like wet dogs in summer, – which is what East Indians always say of Western tourists who eat more meat than they do. Sorry for being truthful. I used to be a diabetic.

  3. Melissa (Dorsey) McDowell

    @shanevella – much of the benefit when people go vegan for health reasons is they drastically reduce atherogenic foods like starches and sugars, using closer to natural foods that are harder to digest and don’t raise blood sugar. That would, at least for a few years, lower BMI and overall glucose levels. This would explain the anti-aging properties of the diets.

    But vegetarians and vegans who eat lots of starchy grains and sugars have exactly the same problems omnivores do but without the benefit of the protein and vitamins that occur in animal foods, such as B12.

    As for beautiflul or sexy, those are strongly opinion based. If you like people with nearly no muscle mass, then sure, veg*n folks are sexay.

    If you haven’t seen it, look up Lierre Keith’s “The Vegetarian Myth” but before you do that check out Gary Taubes’ “Good Calories, Bad Calories” because he is much less likely to make you angry.

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