animal based diet

You may have heard/read about an animal based diet from Paul Saladino, formerly known as Carnivore MD. Well, this article dives into the basic elements of an animal based approach to nutrition and explains why it’s so beneficial.

What is an animal based diet?

Diet Overview  

An animal based diet prioritizes animal foods. About 70% of an animal based diet consists of animal foods: red meat (various cuts plus organ meats), dairy products, eggs, seafood, and bee products. These foods form the foundation of the diet. 

The remaining 30% consists of plant foods that one can digest well. Plant foods with minimal plant toxins are ideal, namely the following: ripe fruits, fresh fruit juices, coconut water, maple syrup, and well-cooked root vegetables (tubers). Tubers, sourdough bread, white rice, macadamia nuts, extra-virgin olive oil, blackstrap molasses, organic coffee, green tea, and other beneficial whole foods are fine to consume so long as you tolerate them.

Why Mostly Animal Foods?   

It’s objectively true that animal foods have the highest amounts of bioavailable nutrients that we need to thrive. High bioavailability means your body can easily absorb and use the nutrients consumed. Animal foods are our best sources of protein, healthy fats (most saturated or odd-chain fatty acids), vitamins (including fat-soluble vitamins and B vitamins), minerals (such as heme iron, zinc, selenium, and calcium), growth factors, and peptides. 

Nature’s Best Sources of Carbohydrates

Fresh fruits and fruit juice, raw honey, maple syrup, and coconut water are all highly encouraged in an animal based diet as excellent sources of quick-digesting carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates with natural sugars, are necessary for glucose oxidation and optimal for maintaining electrolyte balance, adequate cellular respiration and energy (ATP), insulin sensitivity, high tonic dopamine and testosterone levels, low cortisol levels, peak cardiovascular health, and rich microbiome diversity.

Nutrition is a fundamental pillar of health, and focusing on high-quality animal foods plus the most nourishing plant foods is a surefire way to optimize your nutrition.  

How can an animal based diet improve your overall health?

Rich in Beneficial Amino Acids

Ground red meat, gelatinous cuts of red meat, bone broth, and chuck steaks are nature’s richest sources of glycine, proline, and 4-hydroxyproline. All red meat is high in taurine, creatine, carnitine, carnosine, and anserine. These compounds are all anti-inflammatory, cell-protective, pro-metabolic, and anabolic. Meat in general, as well as dairy products, also contain BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) like leucine, isoleucine, and valine. We need these amino acids and others (like tyrosine) for good health on every fundamental level (cellular, muscular, hormonal, gastrointestinal, etc.). 

High in Bioavailable Vitamins and Minerals

Red meat is a rich source of heme iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, selenium, other essential minerals, and B vitamins. Organ meats like heart, liver, kidney, and bone marrow are the most nutrient-dense foods we can eat, bar none. Liver, heart, and kidney, are exceptional sources of the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) as well as all the B vitamins, plus various minerals, growth factors, and peptides. Bone marrow is especially high in vitamins E and K2. High quality milk, especially whole raw milk from healthy cattle, is also abundant in the fat-soluble vitamins, B vitamins, bioavailable calcium, other minerals, growth factors, and peptides. When it comes to nutrient density, nothing beats gelatinous muscle meats, organ meats, and raw dairy. Eggs, shellfish, and fish are next in line. We need to obtain such essential micronutrients in sufficient quantities on a regular basis if we want to thrive.    

High in Healthy Fats

Grass-fed and grass-finished red meats are rich in healthy saturated fats. Saturated fat is stable in its chemical structure, pro-ATP, pro-thyroid, and pro-metabolic. Stearic acid, a saturated fatty acid with an 18-carbon chain, is extremely beneficial for the mitochondria. Odd-chain fatty acids, also abundant in red meat and dairy, benefit the entire metabolism by supporting cellular energy production. 

Gut-Healing Effects

The protein, fats, and micronutrients found in red meat, whole milk, eggs, oysters, and other animal foods support gut health by lowering inflammation, protecting the gut lining, energizing the smooth muscles and muscle cells in the GI tract, enhancing the nervous system which controls the entire body including the GI system, and encouraging the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. 

Can an animal based diet improve your metabolism?

If you want to optimize your thyroid hormones, steroid hormones, core body temperature, metabolic rate, digestion, and all aspects of your metabolism, prioritizing nutritious animal foods is your best line of action. Here are some specific reasons why: 

Rich in Iodine and Selenium

Regularly consuming dairy products, meat, eggs, and seafood in particular will give you more than enough iodine and selenium to keep your thyroid healthy. Oysters, mussels, shrimp, salmon, cod, and other treasures of the sea take the win here. Iodine and selenium are the two most important nutrients for thyroid function. Your thyroid needs sufficient iodine and selenium to produce thyroid hormones (T4 and T3) which govern your entire metabolism. 

Other Essential Nutrients

Besides iodine and selenium, there are many other essential minerals and vitamins in animal foods which support thyroid function. These nutrients play different roles in converting inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active thyroid hormone (T3), which needs to stay high, or in keeping the pituitary thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in normal range. High levels of T3 result in a healthy (relatively high) core body temperature, a healthy (relatively fast) resting heart rate, robust digestion, fast bowel transit time (no constipation), uplifted mood, high youth/anabolic hormones like testosterone, and low stress hormones, among other things. 

High-Quality Complete Protein

Animal foods are complete sources of protein, meaning they provide all the essential amino acids necessary for the body’s protein synthesis. Protein is important for thyroid hormone production and can support a healthy metabolism. Protein is known to be the most thermogenic, pro-thyroid, and pro-metabolic macronutrient. Carbohydrates are a close second. 

No Goitrogens

An animal based diet eliminates or minimizes the intake of goitrogenic foods, which are substances that can interfere with thyroid function. Goitrogens are commonly found in certain vegetables like cruciferous vegetables (e.g., broccoli, cauliflower) and soy products. 

By prioritizing animal foods in your diet, you can provide the necessary nutrients and support for optimal thyroid health and metabolism. Optimizing your thyroid and metabolic health via animal based nutrition is easy and effective.  

Is an animal based diet suitable for everyone?

Short Answer

If your goal is optimal nutrition, then making animal foods the base of your diet is a no-brainer. Just from a nutritarian (nutrient-focused) perspective, animal foods are best. If you research a single essential nutrient, like true vitamin A (retinol), for even five minutes, you’ll realize its vital importance. We as humans need adequate amounts of all the essential macronutrients and micronutrients to be truly healthy. Animal foods such as beef, lamb, eggs, milk, cheese, organ meats, oysters, and fish provide all the key nutrients our bodies need to function optimally.

Dietary Restrictions

Some people may have specific dietary restrictions or health conditions that require modifications to an animal based diet. For example, individuals with certain autoimmune conditions may benefit from an elimination diet that removes potential trigger foods, including some animal products. People with autoimmune conditions usually benefit from going on a strictly carnivore (only red meat) diet for some period of time. After a period of healing, they can usually reintroduce other animal foods like dairy (ideally raw dairy) and raw honey, plus ripe fruits and white rice for carbohydrates. 


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Even vegetarians can follow an animal based diet by prioritizing milk, yogurt, soft cheese, hard cheese, butter, ghee, eggs, and raw honey. On top of this base, they can consume fruits and vegetables to their heart’s content, as long as they digest everything well. Fruits and vegetables have specific antioxidants and phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that you can’t find in animal foods. Beneficial phytonutrients include polyphenols, flavonoids, isoflavonoids, terpenoids, resveratrol, carotenoids, limonoids, anthocyanins, and even some probiotics. When it comes to vegetables, I like to cook them really well to reduce anti-nutrient compounds. Fruits and vegetables are also rich in fiber, which feeds gut microbiota, improves digestion, and speeds up transit time.


Once you have a base of extremely nutritious animal foods, you can layer other foods on top according to different factors: digestive strength and gastrointestinal health, exercise level and frequency, specific food tolerances and intolerances, food availability, budget, nutritional and caloric goals, and preferences. 

Personally, I love and benefit from eating raw honey, ripe fruits of all kinds, fruit juice, coconut water, white rice, sourdough bread, pasta, carrots, beets, macadamia nuts, tiger nuts, extra-virgin olive oil, ginger, coffee, and dark chocolate. I also love trying new foods while visiting new countries. However, my base is still animal foods, especially high quality red meat, dairy, and eggs. This way of eating has helped me reach many of my health goals.      

A final note to anyone with underlying health conditions or specific dietary needs: It’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian before making significant changes to your diet. 

Can an animal based diet help with weight loss?

An animal based diet can support weight loss for several reasons:

Protein Boosts the Metabolism

Animal foods are our prime sources of complete protein, and protein increases satiety and curbs appetite. Protein also has a higher thermic effect than carbohydrates and fats, meaning that it takes more energy to digest and metabolize. By prioritizing animal foods, you prioritize protein as your most important macronutrient. Carbohydrates and fats are important, but secondary. This prioritization of protein should result in better caloric control. 

Rich in Healthy Saturated Fats

Grass-fed red meat, pasture-raised or free-range eggs, and grass-fed dairy products are full of beneficial saturated fats that promote satiety,  regulate hunger hormones, and optimize pro-metabolic steroid hormones like testosterone. All of the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are found in the fat components of animal foods. These vitamins in particular are vital for optimal hormonal and metabolic health. Saturated fats like stearic acid power the mitochondria, displace unsaturated fats, boost thyroid function, and increase the basal metabolic rate. In other words, they contribute to a fast metabolism, which is necessary for sustainable weight loss and weight management.  

Zero or Minimal Highly-Processed Foods

An animal based diet eliminates or minimizes the intake of highly-processed foods. An ideal animal based diet contains no highly-processed/junk foods. All foods in an animal based diet are either derived from or readily available in nature—meat, milk, eggs, fish, fruits, and honey are pure whole foods. There is absolutely no seed oils, candy bars, refined carbohydrates, or other foods that can make you metabolically unhealthy over time.     

Promotes Insulin Sensitivity

An animal based diet includes and highly encourages the consumption of honey, maple syrup, fruit, and fruit juice. Since an animal based diet is customizable to an extent, people with a strong enough digestion can also eat potatoes, other root vegetables, white rice, and real sourdough bread on top of or in place of fruit, honey, and maple syrup.

Here’s the kicker: If you’re metabolically healthy, whole carbohydrates will only help you thrive. In fact, natural carbohydrates are your body’s primary fuel source and hence physiologically optimal. Insulin is an incredibly important hormone that we want to be sensitive to. Avoiding carbs outright for too long can lead to insulin resistance. Being insulin sensitive is crucial to metabolic health for many reasons, one being that there’s a close relationship between insulin sensitivity and electrolyte balance.       

It’s important to note that weight loss is a complex process influenced by various factors, including overall calorie intake, physical activity levels, and individual metabolic differences. While an animal based diet can be a helpful protocol for weight loss, it’s essential to approach weight management in a holistic manner and consider individual needs and preferences.

Can an animal based diet provide all the necessary nutrients?

An animal based diet can easily provide all the necessary nutrients if it is well-planned and includes a variety of animal foods. Here are some key nutrients that can be obtained from an animal based diet:

ProteinBeef, lamb, bone broth, milk, yogurt, whey protein, eggs, chicken breast, white fish, fatty fish, shellfish 
Healthy fatsBeef, lamb, other red meats, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, ghee, tallow, bone marrow
Vitamin B12Red meat, organ meats from cattle or poultry, milk, yogurt, cheese, fish 
B vitamins besides B12Liver, heart, kidney, muscle meats, dairy products, eggs, fish, shellfish
Vitamin ALiver, eggs, dairy products
Vitamin DSalmon, other fatty fish, eggs, dairy products
Vitamin ETallow, bone marrow, liver
Vitamin K2Bone marrow, liver, tallow, butter, milk
IronRed meat, oysters, fish
ZincOysters, beef, lamb, milk, eggs, fish
CalciumMilk, yogurt, kefir, cheese
MagnesiumCoconut water, dates, figs, dairy products, red meat  
SeleniumShrimp, oysters, mussels, fish, liver, kidney, red meat in general, chicken breast
PotassiumFruits of all kinds, especially watermelon, dates, figs, pomegranates, kiwis, bananas, papayas, and oranges; coconut water; milk, yogurt, kefir; red meat; fish
IodineShrimp, calamari, oysters, mussels, milk and yogurt, eggs, real unrefined salt
FiberRipe fruits of all kinds, well-cooked root vegetables like carrots and beets (optional) 
Best Dietary Sources of Specific Nutrients

As you can see, it’s incredibly easy to obtain all your essential nutrients every day on an animal based diet. This is the diet of abundance.

Are there any potential risks or concerns with an animal based diet?

While there’s a huge historical and scientific precedent for eating mostly high-quality animal foods, raw honey, and ripe fruits, everyone should bear a few things in mind: 

Saturated Fat Intake

Fatty cuts of meat and full-fat dairy products are high in saturated fats. While saturated fats are cell-protective, hormone-protective, gut-protective, pro-thyroid, and pro-metabolic, you still don’t want to go overboard. Cook your meat in butter, ghee, or tallow, but there’s no need to consume these fats beyond that, even though they taste absolutely delicious. Some people actually do better on monounsaturated fats than saturated fats, which are abundant in extra-virgin olive oil and macadamia nuts.  


If you eat grass-fed and grass-finished red meat, organic poultry, grass-fed dairy, pasture-raised eggs, organic fruit, cold-pressed fruit juice, fresh coconuts, and raw unheated honey, i.e. if you only eat the highest quality foods, you’ll feel and look amazing but your bank balance will likely suffer. A good piece of advice is to do what you can sustain; don’t sacrifice an entire domain of life (finances) for another (health). Lean ground beef, grass-fed or not, is extremely cost-effective. Greek yogurt, whole milk, egg whites, eggs, shrimp, and tuna are all quite affordable. Most fruits with hard rinds and peels (think kiwis, bananas, watermelons) don’t need to be organic. You can also stock up on frozen fruit and buy food items in larger quantities from places like Costco.

Individual Considerations

Some people may have specific health conditions or dietary restrictions that require modifications to an animal based diet. For example, people with autoimmune conditions do well on just red meat, some fruits, raw honey, salt, and water. Others with rare and severe autoimmune conditions can only thrive on red meat, salt, and water. Others yet can tolerate a wide range of whole foods. There is simply no one-size-fits-all diet. You must personalize. 

A holistic personalized approach to nutrition is the one sensible approach, since no two people are exactly the same. There are important genetic, physiological, and environmental factors that need to be accounted for.    

Can an animal based diet be sustainable?

An animal based diet can definitely be sustainable, financially and ethically, if our food sourcing and daily eating habits are both sustainable.

Choose Sustainably Sourced Animal Products

Look for animal products that are sourced from farms or producers that prioritize sustainable and ethical practices. This includes grass fed and finished, pasture-raised, and organic options. You can visit local farms and farmers’ markets in your area for such options, but they’re also readily available in grocery stores.  

Include Plant Foods

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While animal foods form the base of an animal based diet, the rest of the diet is open to various plant foods. You’re free to add various fruits and vegetables according to various factors like digestibility, availability, and your need for phytonutrients (plant nutrients like polyphenols). Ripe fruits are the best sources of quick-digesting (simple) carbohydrates, prebiotic fibers, vitamin C, other antioxidants, polyphenols, potassium, magnesium, and other micronutrients. This is why ripe fruits are emphasized on an animal based diet. Vegetables are entirely optional, but if you include them, cook them really well to reduce anti-nutrients like oxalates. For sustainability, source local fruits and vegetables, grow your own produce, and buy frozen fruits and vegetables. 

Reduce Food Waste

Minimize food waste by planning meals, using leftovers, and properly storing and preserving food. This can help reduce the overall environmental impact of any diet. Store your meats in the freezer, defrost what you need in the refrigerator in advance, or simply cook from frozen using clever cooking methods. 

Consider the Whole Food Chain

When evaluating the sustainability of a diet, it’s important to consider the entire food chain, including production, transportation, and packaging. Opting for locally sourced and minimally processed foods can help reduce the environmental impact. Cattle raised on nutrient-rich soil, fresh pastures, with copious resources, plenty of sunlight, fresh water, and regenerative farming practices will naturally produce the purest meat and milk. If you’re all about sustainability, look into regenerative agriculture. In a nutshell, regenerative agriculture refers to specific methods of farming, grazing, and ranching that nurture and rejuvenate soil health, safeguard water reservoirs, enable ecosystems to flourish, and help farmers thrive. 

By making conscious choices and considering the environmental impact of your food choices, an animal based diet can be part of a sustainable approach to nutrition.

Can an animal based diet be suitable for athletes or active individuals?

An animal based diet is actually ideal for athletes or active individuals, as it provides high-quality protein with complete amino acid profiles, all essential nutrients, and health saturated fats that are important for hormonal and metabolic adaptations, in addition to performance and recovery. Here’s how an animal based diet can support athletic performance:

Protein for Muscle Repair and Growth

Animal foods are excellent sources of complete protein, which provides all the essential amino acids necessary for muscle repair and growth. Adequate protein intake is crucial for athletes to support recovery and optimize performance. Red meats are the best food sources of creatine, which is proven in the scientific literature to support muscle growth and recovery, increase cellular energy (ATP) in muscle cells and other kinds of cells, increase anabolic steroid hormones like testosterone and DHT, and even enhance cognition. Gelatinous cuts of meat, bone broth, and collagen peptides are prime sources of glycine, which is essential for the production of collagen and also glutathione. I could go on, but animal protein is always better than plant protein.   

Healthy Fats + Cholesterol for Hormonal Health

Animal foods like grass-fed meat, eggs, and dairy provide healthy fats that support healthy testosterone levels in both men and women. In fact, these mostly saturated fats support the production of all the youth hormones.    

Ample Amounts of Nutrients

An animal based diet provides generous amounts of all the essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, etc.) which our bodies need to function properly. 

Especially High in B vitamins

Eating animal based will make it easy for you to obtain all your B vitamins on a daily basis. B vitamins are crucial for energy balance, cellular health, a healthy nervous system, gastrointestinal health, all aspects of brain health, hormonal health, and skin and hair health. Organ meats like heart, liver, kidney, and spleen are abundant in B vitamins. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9 (folate), and B12 are especially abundant in organ meats, but not in other foods. Among other functions, these five B vitamins are vital for dopamine synthesis and thus for high mood, alertness, focus, cognition, goal orientation, mental energy, athletic performance, and productivity.     

It’s important for athletes and active individuals to consider their specific energy and nutrient needs, as well as individual preferences and tolerances. Consulting with a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition can provide personalized guidance and ensure specialized nutrition for athletic performance.

Can an animal based diet be suitable for children?

Since it provides sufficient macronutrients and the entire range of essential micronutrients, plus beneficial peptides and growth factors, an animal based diet is arguably the best diet for optimal growth and development. Children (and adolescents) will benefit from eating mostly animal foods for the reasons listed below. Of course, any specific dietary needs and/or restrictions of children should be considered.

Adequate Nutrient Intake

On an animal based diet, it’s easy to obtain all the necessary nutrients, including protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Children are naturally in low-stress states. Given sufficient environmental conditions, children are full of energy, joy, and wonder. But their health needs to be protected and maintained. Optimal nutrition is one fundamental way of doing just that and ensuring they maintain their energy and capability as they grow. Complete protein; vital fatty acids like EPA, DHA, and CLA; carbohydrates from fresh fruits, raw honey, plus other sources; adequate electrolytes; minerals like zinc and selenium; fat-soluble vitamins; bioavailable B vitamins; choline; growth factors like (IGF)-I in milk and colostrum; and more nutrients are all crucial for the growth and development of any child. 

Adaptable to Individual Preferences and Tolerances

Children may have individual preferences or tolerances that need to be taken into account when planning an animal based diet. It’s important to offer a variety of foods and encourage a positive and balanced approach to eating. Children should love eating and drinking nutritious whole foods. As a parent, you have copious recipes you can create with milk, yogurt, eggs, fruits, honey, beef, lamb, fish, etc. Stick to the ones your child loves eating. 

Adequate Iron Intake

Iron is an essential nutrient for children, and it’s abundant in red meat, poultry, and fish. Including these foods in a child’s diet can help prevent iron deficiency and support healthy blood production.

Adequate Fatty Acids

Dairy products like whole milk, especially raw milk, are packed with nourishing fatty acids of various kinds, including some omega-3 fatty acids. Most of the fat content in full-fat milk is saturated, which is pro-thyroid and pro-metabolic. The fat in milk also contains all the bioavailable fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Grass fed and finished red meat is rich in stearic acid, which is extremely beneficial for energy production, as well as CLA, another beneficial fatty acid. Fatty fish, like wild-caught salmon, once or twice a week is enough for your child’s EPA and DHA requirements.  

Variety is Easy

There’s an abundance of meats, milks, fruits, fruit juices, and bee products for you and your children to consume, create recipes with, and thrive off of.   

Overall, an animal-based diet can help your children thrive, provided that it’s well-planned, balanced, enjoyable, and sustainable. It’s important to consider individual preferences, monitor growth and development, and ensure a variety of animal-based foods are included. 


In conclusion, an animal based diet is optimal for human health for the following core reasons:

  • Provides sufficient macronutrients (complete protein, saturated fat, simple carbohydrates)
  • Provides ALL micronutrients in ample amounts (vitamins and minerals)
  • Provides important growth factors and peptides (e.g., in whole milk, oysters, eggs, liver)
  • Increases and optimizes tonic levels of dopamine, acetylcholine, pregnenolone, DHEA, testosterone, DHT (in men), and active thyroid hormone (T3)
  • Decreases tonic levels of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, prolactin, serotonin, and estrogen, along with any over-activation of stress pathways
  • Increases cellular or biological energy (ATP) and sustains a deep sense of vitality
  • Improves brain health and cognition (via creatine and sufficient B vitamins, for example)
  • Improves satiety and weight management (by speeding up the basal metabolic rate, enabling caloric control, consisting of naturally delicious foods)
  • Improves gastrointestinal (GI) health thanks to numerous anti-inflammatory compounds (glycine, proline, 4-hydroxyproline, creatine, etc.) that enhance digestion and protect the gut
  • Improves thyroid health and optimizes thyroid hormone output—thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) affect every cell in the body
  • Improves every aspect of athletic performance (endurance, strength, etc.)
  • Improve sleep in many ways (low stress hormones, consistent electrolyte balance, etc.)
  • Promotes insulin sensitivity (resistance = bad) and overall metabolic health


1. Can children get all the necessary nutrients from an animal-based diet?

Yes, children can get all the necessary nutrients from an animal-based diet if it is well-planned and includes a variety of animal foods. 

2. What are some good sources of iron in an animal-based diet for children?

Good sources of heme iron in an animal-based diet for children include red meat, poultry, and fish. 

3. Are omega-3 fatty acids important for children on an animal-based diet?

Yes, omega-3 fatty acids are important for brain development and cognitive function in children. Children, adolescents, and adults alike can obtain enough omega-3 fatty acids from eating wild-caught salmon a few times a week. Other sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fatty shellfish like oysters and mussels. 

4. How can I ensure my child is getting enough protein on an animal-based diet?

Including a variety of animal proteins such as lean (80% protein 20% fat) ground beef, chicken breast, eggs, fish, milk, yogurt, and cheese will provide your child with more than enough protein. Getting enough protein is easy on an animal based diet. 

5. Are there any ethical and environmental considerations when choosing an animal-based diet for children?

Yes, it’s important to consider ethical and environmental factors. Opting for sustainably sourced and humanely raised animal products can help minimize the impact on the environment and support ethical practices.

6. Should children on an animal-based diet take any supplements?

Eating a range of high-quality animal foods is the best way for anyone, including children, to obtain all the essential macro and micronutrients. However, getting regular blood work to see if your child has any nutritional gaps or deficiencies is a wise thing to do. For example, vitamin D can be a difficult vitamin to obtain in sufficient amounts from food alone, even though dairy and fish are excellent sources. Magnesium is another good example.   

7. What should I do if my child has specific preferences or tolerances on an animal-based diet?

If your child has specific preferences or tolerances on an animal-based diet, it’s important to accommodate. Your child should enjoy eating nutritious food and eat from a variety of animal foods and fruits. You just want to ensure your child is digesting everything well, without any issue of upset. Meat and fruit are naturally easy to digest, whereas highly fibrous and starchy foods can be difficult for some individuals. Hence, it’s important to pay attention to how your child reacts to every new food item. And consulting a registered dietitian is never a bad idea. 

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