The Lipivore: What is Fat for?

Published December 2020
Canadian born Amber O’Hearn MSc. began experimenting with different forms of diet in order to regain her health and balance her mental state. She was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder following years of depression but when she stopped eating plants, those symptoms disappeared and she stopped needing medication for the condition.

She has been studying and experimenting with low carb/ketogenic diets since 1997 and more recently she has begun writing and speaking about her findings. Her review on the evolutionary appropriateness and benefit of weaning babies onto a meat-based, high fat, low carb diet, was included as testimony defending Prof. Tim Noakes in his trial.

She explains that when people hear the word Carnivore, they think of a diet high in protein as this is how we tend to use meat in our society. In this presentation she delves into the history of the human diet and points out that the human digestive system is based on hydrochloric acid and is less fermentation based compared to many other animals.

She goes on to discuss how, in the timeline of human history, the amount of time we have been eating grains is minuscule (the equivalent of five minutes out of one year) compared to the preceding millennia. Also covered in this presentation is how the use of percussion tools by our ancestors allowed us to access fat and nutrients from bones and skulls which was otherwise inaccessible to other animals.

Amber reinforces her point that meat is not just about protein but in fact fat is by far the most important to humans by citing the work of
Vilhjalmur Stefansson.

Amber has been eating a carnivorous diet for over 11 years and is the founder of CarnivoryCon, an annual conference dedicated to the carnivore lifestyle.

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