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Which Condiments Can I Eat on The Carnivore Diet?

Which Condiments Can I Eat on The Carnivore Diet?

If you've just started or are thinking about starting the carnivore diet, it can be both exciting and challenging, especially when it comes to deciding which condiments align with this meat-centric lifestyle.

While the primary focus is on animal products, many people crave a bit of extra flavor to enhance their meals... I mean who really doesn't? So we're exploring what you can incorporate without straying from your dietary goals.

Let's talk about the carnivore diet and condiments!

What is the Carnivore Diet?

Very quickly, let's recap about the carnivore diet itself.

The focus is on consuming primarily animal products such as meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy (if tolerated). This means avoiding all plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and even some oils.

The theory behind this way of eating is that our bodies are better adapted to a diet of animal products and that the elimination of plant-based foods can have numerous health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, and increased energy levels.

chicken wings with carnivore sauces

Now when it comes to condiments and sauces on the carnivore diet, technically, if you are going to follow it by the "books" and be STRICT, then no condiments are allowed on the carnivore... only meat.

BUT, not everyone can or wants to do that.

You can still follow the carnivore diet and reap the benefits of it by not following by the "book" and do it as what people like to call "cheatovore".

So if you fall under the "cheatovore" category, here are some condiments that you can eat on a carnivore diet WHILE still getting all of the same benefits of following the diet.

What Condiments Can You Eat on the Carnivore Diet?

So back to condiments. While it may seem like all sauces, dips, and dressings are off the table on this diet, there are actually a few options that you can enjoy in moderation.

Whew, thank goodness!

Eating plain meat all day every day can get a little monotonous.

So, here are some condiments that you can add to your carnivore/cheatovore "approved" list:

  • Salt and Pepper: These classic seasonings are completely acceptable on the carnivore diet.

  • Mustard: As long as it doesn't contain a ton of added sugars or sweeteners, mustard is a great way to add some tang to your meat.

  • Hot Sauce: Believe it or not, hot sauce is ok on the carnivore diet. But like mustard, make sure to read the ingredients label and choose one without added sugars or preservatives.

  • Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce: Yes, you read that right. There are actually sugar-free BBQ sauces available that are suitable for the carnivore diet.

  • Ranch Dressing (Homemade): Making your own ranch dressing at home using ingredients like mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs, and spices is a great way to add some flavor to your meals without straying from the diet.

  • Fish Sauce: While this may not be the most common condiment, fish sauce is a staple ingredient in many Southeast Asian dishes and contains only a few ingredients.

Let's quickly take a look at each one of these, though, because some of them are OK... BUT only sometimes depending on how they were made.

grilled meats for the carnivore diet

S&P On The Carnivore Diet

Salt is composed of two minerals, sodium and chloride. Both are essential electrolytes that play crucial roles in our body's functioning.

When following the carnivore diet, it's important to consume adequate amounts of salt as you may not be getting enough from other sources like processed foods or vegetables.

Although salt and pepper are not technically meat based products, they are generally accepted on the carnivore diet as a way to enhance flavor and add some variety to your meals.

Mustards on the Carnivore Diet

What about mustards on the carnivore diet, are they ok? Well it really just depends.

My Evil Stepmother's Mustard carnivore approved mustard

Many store-bought mustards contain added sugars or sweeteners, which would not be allowed on the carnivore diet. So most store bought mustards are off limits.

You want to avoid sugar as much as possible.

However, there are some mustard brands that only use a few ingredients and spices or very little sugar in their ingredients list.

These simple types of mustards like My Evil Step Mothers Mustard can be eaten on the carnivore diet (in moderation, of course).

Hot Sauce

Those who love spicy food may be feeling relieved that hot sauce is allowed on the carnivore diet. But like with any condiment, it's important to read the ingredients list and make sure there are no added sugars or preservatives.

Some popular hot sauces like Reaper Unleshed, contain very few ingredients, making them a great option for the carnivore/cheatovore diet.

Mikey V's Reaper Unleashed carnivore approved hot sauce

Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce

Yes, you can have BBQ sauce on the carnivore diet... well, kind of. There are some sugar-free options available that use natural sweeteners like stevia or erythritol instead of traditional sugars.

But remember, moderation is key as these sauces may still contain ingredients that are not strictly carnivore-friendly.

Ranch Dressing (Homemade)

Making your own ranch dressing at home allows you to control the ingredients and ensure that it aligns with the carnivore diet principles.

The store bough ranch is typically not recommended here on the carnivore diet as it's full of ingredients that you can't have.

BUT there are plenty of homemade carnivore ranch recipes that use ingredients like mayonnaise, sour cream, and spices to create a delicious dressing that is perfect for the carnivore diet.

Fish Sauce

This may not be your go-to condiment, but fish sauce is made from fermented anchovies and salt, making it a suitable option for those following the carnivore diet.

In fact, it has been used for centuries in Southeast Asian cuisine to add flavor and umami to dishes.

carnivore diet approved foods

Which Condiments Are A No Go on Carnivore/Cheatovore Diet?

While the above condiments are generally accepted on the carnivore diet, there are some that you should avoid completely.

These include:

  • Ketchup: This popular condiment is typically loaded with sugar and other ingredients that are not allowed on the carnivore diet.

  • Soy Sauce: Although it may seem like a simple ingredient, many soy sauces contain TONS of added sugars and other non-carnivore friendly ingredients.

  • Barbecue Sauce (Non-Sugar-Free): Traditional BBQ sauce is typically high in sugar and should be avoided on the carnivore diet.

  • Typical Seasoning Blends: Many seasoning blends, such as taco or chili seasoning, contain added sugars and preservatives that are not allowed on the carnivore diet.

  • Most Commercial Sauces: Sauces like teriyaki, hoisin, tomato based, mayo, salad dressings and sweet and sour sauces are often high in sugar or other non-carnivore ingredients.

So while you may have to give up some of your favorite condiments on the carnivore diet, there are still plenty of options that can add flavor and variety to your meals. Just make sure to read ingredient labels carefully and choose simple options whenever possible.

sauces for the carnivore diet


  • Can I use condiments on the carnivore diet? If you are following a strict carnivore diet, most condiments are off limits. But if you are following a "cheatovore" or modified carnivore diet, then there are some condiments that can be consumed in moderation.

  • Can you have mustard on the carnivore diet? Yes, as long as it is a simple mustard without added sugars or preservatives.

  • Is ketchup allowed on the carnivore diet? No, traditional ketchup is not allowed on the carnivore diet due to its high sugar content.

  • Can you have a Worcestershire on the carnivore diet? No, Worcestershire sauce typically contains sugar and other non-carnivore ingredients.

  • Is mayonnaise ok on carnivore diet? Some carnivore diet followers allow for homemade mayonnaise made from just eggs, oil, and vinegar. However, store-bought versions are typically not allowed due to added sugars and preservatives.

  • Can I have condiments on a cheatovore diet? Yes, the cheatovore diet allows for some flexibility in terms of condiment usage as long as they do not contain any non-carnivore ingredients.

Condiments for the Carnivore and Cheatovore Diet

Adhering to the carnivore or cheatovore diet doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor in your meals. While some condiments traditionally contain ingredients that are not allowed, there are plenty of alternatives that can still provide you with a delightful taste experience.

Just make sure you are carefully checking ingredient labels and opting for simple, low-sugar options.

Homemade recipes for ranch dressing or choosing condiments like mustard and certain hot sauces can make all the difference in maintaining this lifestyle without feeling restricted.

Remember, the key is moderation and mindful selection of ingredients!


Goofy Hand
Goofy Hand

This article has to be a joke. You say no store bought mustard then promote one with more added sugar than anything in a grocery store. Then you say hot sauce and recommend one with a laundry list of ingredients including tomatoes and olive oil which are not carnivore at all. No one has to be pure BBE but these recommendations are terrible.

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