There is a major gap in nutritional research today...

Animal foods have been treasured by humans throughout our history and remain a clear source of optimal nutrition for humans. Yet the mainstream media tells us otherwise… Our mission is to find the truth and to bridge this gap by supporting research aimed at understanding the unique value of animal foods in the human diet.

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Who we are

The Animal Based Nutrition Research Foundation is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to further clinical research that explores the value of animal meat and organs in the human diet.  ABNRF was founded by Dr. Paul Saladino, the Carnivore MD, who wrote the best-selling book The Carnivore Code. Paul is a board certified physician and nutrition specialist.  He attended medical school at the University of Arizona focusing on integrative medicine and nutritional biochemistry, and completed his residency at the University of Washington.
Paul in a field of Bison

Our Mission

Our mission is to fund clinical research that explores the value of animal meat and organs in the human diet. We believe animal foods form the foundation of a healthy diet and have been incorrectly vilified by poorly conducted science (mostly observational). If humans are to thrive, a complete picture of the nutritional scape viewed through an evolutionary lens must be established.

Our Vision

Mainstream Western medical practitioners (Physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, dietitians) are the main conduit through which medical information and nutritional advice flows to patients and their families. If this information remains incomplete or biased, as we believe it is now, these individuals will continue to suffer unnecessarily – something we cannot remain silent about, or continue to observe.
Our vision is also to change the foundations of western medical education so that future generations of health care practitioners will benefit from an understanding of what is truly an evolutionarily appropriate diet for humans.

Our Values

Transparency, honesty, authenticity, courage to stand up against pervasive misinformation for what we believe in, freedom from censorship, and open sharing of knowledge.

What we are studying

In collaboration with the Center for Human Nutritional Studies (CHNS) at Utah State University and researcher Stephen Van Vliet, PhD, the Animal-Based Nutrition Research Foundation is excited to announce the first formal study of an Animal-Based diet.

Many have found benefit with this way of eating which seeks to mirror the food preferences of humans and pre-hominids for hundreds of thousands of years. An Animal Based Diet focuses on nutrient rich animal foods like meat, organs, and dairy along with the least toxic plants foods including fruit and raw honey. Improvements in diabetes, obesity, depression, and a variety of auto-immune conditions including eczema, psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, reactive and rheumatoid arthopathies and many chronic illnesses have been noted anecdotally, but to date no controlled studies have been conducted with this way of eating.

The mission of the ABNRF is to change this. Below are details of the planned study and link to support our work with with your tax deductible donation:

  • This study will be a randomized, controlled pilot research project comparing an Animal-Based diet vs a Plant Based diet vs. American Heart Association (AHA) recommended diet.
  • There will be three arms.
  • We will seek to recruit 40-50 participants for this study with pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis who have not undertaken dietary modifications as part of their treatment previously.
  • Study duration will be 6-8 weeks, during which time all meals will be provided for participants by the USU CHNS with a goal for isocaloric feeding with an option for ad-lib feeding if participants report adequate satiety. This is not intended to be a hypocaloric study or an overfeeding study.
  • Participants will log all meals eaten with photographs and will receive dietary counseling by staff dietitians throughout the study.
  • Primary endpoints will include Rheumatoid Factor, hs-CRP, subjective measures of pain, mobility and quality of life.
  • Secondary endpoints will include weight, microbiome analysis, metabolic health (fasting insulin, Hgb A1c, fasting glucose, lipids, continuous glucose monitoring, etc.), body composition, liver function testing, continuous glucose monitoring, and routine blood panels.

Thank you to all of our donors!

You helped us raise $12,231 at The 2021 Gathering.

What is an Animal-Based diet?

Why is it that humans don’t understand what we should eat? We appear to be the only species that doesn’t intrinsically comprehend this…

At the ABNRF, we believe that by looking back evolutionarily from Homo habilis to Homo erectus, and now Homo sapiens, wisdom can be gained about how humans might eat to achieve optimal health.

We believe that when humans consume an evolutionarily appropriate diet, the result is radical health, something that is surely the birthright of us all.

Radical health is vitality, vigor, strength, emotional stability, libido and clarity of thought – , attributes which allow us to live fully and make our greatest contributions during the time we walk the earth.

Examination of the patterns of eating exhibited by our ancestors over the last 4 million years, and of currently living (but rapidly vanishing) hunter-gatherer tribes, clearly suggest that animal foods are king.

Though less than a thousand Hadza continue to live as nomadic hunter-gatherers in the Lake Eyasi region of Tanzania, discussions with these people reveal that their lives revolve around the hunting and consumption of wild animals.

We ask:
“What is your favorite food?” 
— Meat.

“What do you dream about?”
— Hunting animals and getting a big kill.

“What would be the best day of your life?”
— The day we hunt and kill the biggest animal we can, and then bring it back to the camp for all to share.
We will eat until we our bellies are full and then sing and dance.

Time spent with these welcoming people reveals that a successful hunt truly is an occasion for celebration, and that organs like liver, heart and kidney are treasured. They are eaten first after a kill and divided equally among members of the hunting party before meat is shared with the entire tribe back at camp.

We believe that for humans to thrive, animal meat and organs should be at the center of the diet, as they are for the Hadza, and as they have been for millions of years for humans and our hominid ancestors.

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“I tore both quad tendons at the end of 2019 and had to learn to walk again. I ballooned up to 308 by the end of 2020 and made a change at the beginning of this year. Played football my entire life and the work ethic was there; just needed a better approach. Found a trainer to manipulate scar tissue and rebuild my foundation. Cleaned my eating slate and started to follow @carnivoremd and it changed my life. Megadose vitamins, high protein and fats, low carbs, water, sleep, he changed my life.”

Name: Andrew
Sex: Male
Age: 40

“It’s been a year since I have eaten carnivore and now animal-based. I feel like a different person to who I was, in mind, body and spirit. I used to be vegetarian and obviously not a healthy one (I thought I was healthy) now I eat 90% meat and organs. I can run (and I love it!) and I have a much funner lifestyle! Huge thanks to @carnivoremd who has inspired me and given me the courage (and knowledge) to keep going strong.”

Name: Jessica
Sex: Female
Age: 35

“I slowly gravitated toward Paul’s Animal-Based diet and have been pretty focused for the last 7 months on getting quality meats, fats, and organs into my diet. I think I’ll stick with the ribeyes and liver! #CarnivoreVSVegan”

Name: Nico
Sex: Male
Age: 28

Cody has lost a total of 113lbs thanks to an animal-based diet.
He has been on an OMAD Keto/Carnivore diet since July of last year and is taking Beef Organs, Bone Matrix, and Firestarter supplements. He practices Jiu-jitsu and does a lot of burpees. His next goal is to reach 195 lbs.

Name: Cody
Sex: Male
Age: 40

“I eat a seasonal animal-based diet, that includes organs, as well as eating local meat and the least toxic plant foods. The list of improvements to my health is incredibly long, including the cessation of my 10 years of depression, anxiety, symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis, GI issues, asthma, insomnia, and ADHD.”

Name: Evan
Sex: Male
Age: 28

“I was hospitalized for anorexia in 2012, and although I was “weight restored,” I still struggled with my eating disorder. Fast forward to 2019, past several stress fractures, a decade of amenorrhea, multiple relapses, and “all food fits” dietary advice, I found the animal-based diet. Within months of eating an intentional, animal-based diet, I regained my period, rebalanced my hormones, and finally felt mentally and emotionally stable. I thought anorexia was something I’d always battle, but not anymore. I’m freer and stronger than I’ve ever been.”

Name: Meg
Sex: Female
Age: 30