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A meatatarian is a person who eats meat, animal based products, or animal produced foods. It is a reactionary term created in response to vegetarianism. Additionally in response to veganism the practice of meatganism is the total absence of foods that are not from the flesh and bone of an animal. Although some meat-based diets exist (see reference to Inuit diet below), the meatatarian diet as charted below is generally not recommended by modern nutritionists.[1][2]

Evidence of a meatatarian diet[edit]

Studies of all-meat diets are uncommon in medical literature. Early European contact with Inuit provided new insight to meat based diets. Canadian Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson lived with the Inuit for long stretches of time and witnessed them thriving on a diet that consisted mainly of raw meat. He described people in good health and free from diseases such as scurvy, which was thought to be caused by a lack of fruits and vegetables. He also found that there was no evidence of tooth decay among the Inuit people before European contact, suggesting that an all meat diet might increase dental health.[3]

In 1929, four physicians studying the all meat diet of an Arctic expedition concluded that "In general, white men, after they have become accustomed to the omission of other foods from their diet, may subsist on an exclusive meat diet in a temperate climate without damage to health or efficiency."[4]

Comparison with vegetarianism[edit]

Subsets of Dietary Constraints
Diet name Meat, poultry, fish Eggs Dairy products Honey Fruits Vegetables
Ovo-lacto vegetarianism
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lacto vegetarianism
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ovo vegetarianism
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
No No No[5][6][7] Yes Yes
No No No Yes No
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
No No No No No

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jamie Oliver's 2010 TED Talk:
  2. ^ Canada's Health Food Guide, Reference Page:
  3. ^ All Meat Diet, Part 3
  4. ^ "Medicine: All-Meat Controversy". Time. Mar 31, 1930. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Vegan Society (UK). "Vegan Basics: What is a Vegan?". Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  6. ^ Noah Lewis. "Why Honey is Not Vegan". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  7. ^ American Vegan Society. "What is Vegan?". Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  8. ^ Troke, Marina (2009-03-25). "Meatatarian Day offensive to some". The Ωmega. Retrieved 9 January 2010.