Protein is a vital part of the muscle building process, but not all protein is created equal. Though vegetarians and vegans will claim that their protein is as beneficial as animal protein, carnivore protein has nutrients such as omega-3s and various amino acids that plant protein does not.
Pasteurized chickens are those which are allowed to live off the land and eat bugs, seeds and other natural foods. It is one of the best sources of carnivore protein you can eat. Chicken is a very lean protein (providing you avoid the fat and skin), and is highly versatile as it can be used in a number of dishes. Chicken does not contain a lot of iron however, so it may be necessary to supplement with other iron-rich foods or iron supplements if chicken is your main protein of choice.
A 4 ounce boneless chicken breast contains roughly 140 calories, 32 grams of protein and less than 4 grams of fat.
Grass-fed, organic beef far outweighs the average grain-fed cow beef. Grass-fed beef contains less total fat, more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as vitamin E than traditional grain-fed beef. Though grass-fed beef can be expensive, its benefits as a carnivore protein make it well worth it.
A 4-ounce serving of grass fed ground beef contains roughly 210 calories, 20 grams of protein and 16 grams of fat.
As with grass-fed beef, wild salmon reigns supreme over farmed salmon. Farm salmon resembles chickens from a chicken factory in that they are typically sick and infected instead of fresh and full of natural nutrients. Farmed salmon are also normally full of unhealthy omega-6 versus wild salmon, which are a rich source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
A 3-ounce serving of wild salmon contains roughly 121 calories, 17 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. It is important to remember that most restaurants serve farmed salmon, so if you think you are making a smart choice by opting for the salmon, you might be better off with another protein choice.
If egg whites were really as great as the marketing companies claim them to be, then chickens would lay egg whites only instead of whole eggs. Egg whites have been successfully marketed towards those who fear the fat and cholesterol that a whole egg contains, but these people are also missing out on the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that a whole egg calories provide, not to mention the incredible protein. The protein that makes up an egg is one of the highest quality proteins you can give your body. In fact, egg are the measure of which every other food is compared to in terms of protein.
Stick to pasteurized eggs and you’ll receive 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fat in just 70 calories of one whole egg.
Sausage, bacon, and a rack of pork ribs slathered in BBQ sauce aren’t exactly the healthiest of options, but lean cuts of pork such as pork tenderloin contain much less sodium and fat. In fact, ounce for ounce pork tenderloin contains just as much fat as a skinless chicken breast.
A 4-ounce serving of pork tenderloin contains 120 calories, 22 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat.
It is clear that the source from which you receive your carnivore protein is essential to the benefits of that protein. Always try to choose pasteurized/free range whenever possible.