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Carnivor Review - Does This Muscle Builder Work? Are unpleasant taste and side effects deal breakers?

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  • Rating: 3.8. From 20 votes.
By Summer Banks Jan 06, 2017

No joke – over 50% of diet products simply don’t work. So what about Carnivor? We spent some time writing an in-depth review, closely examining the ingredients, side effects, customer service and clinical research. Furthermore, we scrutinized all sorts of user responses from all over the internet. At this point we compressed all the facts and specifics in order to give you the information you need.

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What is Carnivor?

To begin, Carnivor is a powder that is made by MuscleMeds Performance Technologies. Hydrolyzed beef protein isolate is the core ingredient. This product claims to be more concentrated than whey supplements. It is intended to increase body strength, build mass, minimize muscle loss and help improve physical training sessions. You simply add one scoop to 6-8 ounces of cold water. Each serving provides 23 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of creatine, 120 calories and eight grams of carbohydrates. It does not contain fat or cholesterol.

From what we could gather, Carnivor was released in 2013. This supplement is available directly through the official website for $47.99. Larger sizes are also available and there are several flavors to choose from, but read on…

Unpleasant Taste – “Uh Oh!”

The first issue we found with Carnivor ingredients was that many users felt them impossible to keep down. “We noticed that there are numerous customer complaints posted online regarding the taste of this protein powder. This is never a good thing because how will you use a supplement daily if it’s bad?,” says our Research Editor.

“Tasted sludgy and vulgar,” stated a customer.

“Bad taste, not worth the money,” said a consumer.

Side Effects – “Customer Complaints?”

If you take a close look at distributor websites like Amazon, you will find plenty of customer complaints for this protein supplement. One dieter commented, “I got past the taste, but I feel bloated and nauseous.”

“I felt queasy for an hour or two after. I’m glad I was taking this post workout because if I had done it as a pre-workout I can only imagine how much worse it would make the workout,” stated another.

“Horrible diarrhea, and bad stomach aches with the chocolate. Would never buy again,” reported a customer.

According to the research we’ve done, if there is some particular facet of a diet product or supplement that is very bothersome, like negative side effects, the likelihood of extended success is slim. This means if Carnivor is hard to swallow and leaves users unhappy, this could prove to be problematic.

The Science – “Evidence?”

Here at DietSpotlight, we need to see documented clinical studies that support the supplement and the ingredients it uses. Sadly we were unable to find any research concerning Carnivor protein powder. While some “science” is addressed on the website, there are no details mentioned that reveal how well this product actually works.

The Bottom Line – Does Carnivor Work?

So, do we have a final take on this one? It is interesting that this supplement uses beef, but there are just too many complaints from customers who’ve tried Carnivor to help us feel comfortable giving it a thumb up. While this powder does provide a significant amount of protein per serving, there are more affordable options that offer just as much. Furthermore, it appears it tastes pretty bad.

Those who wish to slim down and improve lean body mass, you should go for a supplement that uses clinically proven ingredients, does not lead to a lot of negative user reviews and comes with excellent customer service.

Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Pronabolin. This diet supplement uses a formula, some of which are clinically-tested, and has been shown to boost muscle strength and energy levels. Furthermore, we can’t find any discussion of negative side effects and user comments found online show people are seeing great results.

Also, the producers of Pronabolin are confident enough in the ingredients to offer a 120-day money-back guarantee and multiple-bottle discounts, which are positive signs.

Previous Carnivor Review (Updated November 1, 2014):

What You Should Know

Carnivor is an engineered beef protein isolate, intended to help build muscle. While having more muscle boosts the metabolism to burn more fat, most people who want to lose weight are not as concerned with building muscle initially. Many people lose the fat, then want to gain and tone the muscle so they can sculpt their bodies. We will take a closer look at the product to see if it can meet all its claims.

List of Ingredients

CARNIVOR-BPI [Hydrolyzed Beef Protein Isolate, Creatine Monohydrate, BCAAs (Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine), Anabolic Nitrogen Retention Technology Intermediates: GKG (Glutamine-Alpha-Ketoglutarate), OKG (Ornithine-Alpha-Ketoglutarate), AKG (Alpha-Ketoglutarate), KIC (Alpha-Ketoisocaproate)], Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Maltodextrin, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium, Red #40 And Sucralose.

Product Features

Protein is a necessary part of the diet for everyone, but is especially important for those who want to build muscle. This engineered beef protein claims to provide more concentrated protein than eating a steak (without all the fat) and also claims to be better than using a whey protein. In addition to all the goodness of beef protein, other branch chain amino acids, or BCAA have been added to enhance the effects of the supplement.

The supplement is available in two flavors: blue raspberry, and fruit punch. It is also available in two sizes, two pounds, or four pounds. The two pound size will produce about 28 servings (one scoop each), but at one to three servings per day, will not last too long. At $30 each, this supplement could easily become pricey. Directions say to mix one or two scoops (cutting down even further on how long it lasts) with anywhere from six to 12 ounces of water for a protein drink.


  • This product is free of: lactose, fat, and cholesterol.
  • Carnivor provides a lot of good nutrition: vitamin A, C, several B vitamins, and essential minerals.


  • Those looking for weight loss more than muscle building don't really need protein supplements like this one.
  • This product is not suited for vegetarians.
  • There are no free trials of this product.
  • This product does not have any fat burners or appetite suppressants.
  • We are unclear as to whether or not there is a money back guarantee for Carnivor.


Carnivor is a decent protein supplement for those who need it. The problem with this is though, it's expensive, and most people do not need to supplement with protein because they get enough from their diets. Those who need to supplement with protein are doing serious body building, and have an idea of what to look for in a supplement. Instead, we recommend you focus on finding a supplement that features an appetite suppressant and/or fat burner in a clinically proven amount. Then, use it with regular exercise and a balanced diet, to get the best results.

Carnivor Questions & Answers:

We read hundreds of user comments about Carnivor in order to write this FAQ.

What are the side effects of Carnivor?

Carnivor side effects may include nausea, bloating, diarrhea, and stomach aches, according to some customer reviews.

What are the ingredients in Carnivor?

Carnivor ingredients include hydrolyzed beef protein isolate, creatine monohydrate, l-leucine, l-valine, l-isoleucine, GKG, OKG, AKG, KIC, hydrolyzed gelatin, maltodextrin, medium chain triglycerides, nonfat dry dairy milk, di-sodium phosphate, silica, citric acid, natural flavor, artificial flavor, acesulfame potassium, blue 1, and sucralose.

Does Carnivor work?

Carnivor offers some scientific research on the product’s ability to increase muscle mass. However, there are no links to specific studies, and there is no mention of its weight-loss capabilities.

If you are looking for a weight-loss supplement with clinically tested ingredients, you might want to check out Leptigen.

How much does Carnivor cost?

A container with 28 servings of Carnivor costs $23.73. This amount would last you about two weeks.

How should I take Carnivor?

It is suggested that you use one scoop of Carnivor and mix it with about 8 fluid ounces of cold water. You can drink the shake two times a day for maximum results.

Can I take Carnivor if I have a health condition?

Before using Carnivor, consult your physician, especially if you are under 18, pregnant, nursing, or suffering from any health condition.

What do users like about Carnivor?

Customers enjoy the many flavors of Carnivor and fast recovery resulting from use of the supplement.

What do users NOT like about Carnivor?

Customers of Carnivor do not enjoy the taste and lack of reliable scientific research.

How do I contact the Carnivor customer service department?

You can contact the Carnivor customer service department by calling them at 1-866-236-8417.

What flavors does Carnivor come in?

Carnivor flavors include blue raspberry, cherry vanilla, chocolate, chocolate mint, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate pretzel, fruit punch, peanut butter, strawberry, and vanilla caramel.

How many calories does Carnivor contain?

Each serving of Carnivor contains about 116 calories.

How much sugar does a school of Carnivor contain?

Each scoop of Carnivor contains 0 grams of sugar on the label, although maltodextrin is present in the ingredient list.

What is the parent company of Carnivor?

The parent company of Carnivor is MuscleMeds Performance Technologies.

Does Carnivor come with a guarantee?

Carnivor does not come with a guarantee.

Do you know of any special deals or discounts on Carnivor?

Carnivor offers special deals when you buy large amounts of the powder. However, one Special Trial Offer customers cannot seem to get enough of is that of Leptigen. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author:

Summer Banks, a content strategist at Leptigen, has researched over 5000 products in the past 10 years. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

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I can’t handle whey protein or any other just got carnivor today used it and it was great the taste was decent had a weird after taste but other than that no side affects I love it I’m so happy I found a protein I could handle got the fruit punch flavor


Hi Jason! If you think this is the product for you, you should try it. Let us know if it works. If not perhaps we recommend something else. Best of luck!

I have been using Carnivor for the past 3 months and have NOT experienced any of the side affects listed about. The chocolate is the best flavor. The taste is not bad. For me it is a great product.

Wow I just got this product and haven’t even tried it yet but after seeing everyone’s negative comments on it I might as well just go ahead and throw this product In the trash

It’s possible to take before and after workout and per workout I use C4 it’s possible or not pls I need argent answer thank you

Hi! For detailed product and usage instructions, please refer to the Carnivor official website for more information. In reference to C4, I would consult with your physician before taking both product together.

Hi I started taking carnivore the rtds ready to go drinks and I noticed I’ve been getting a lot zits/pimples on my skin is this normal?

Hello Victoria. All users are different and can experience different side effects; please make sure to consult with your physician if your skin continues to break out with zits and pimples.

it didnt agree with me at all,felt bad after drinking it i got the fruit punch flavor,used half scoop ,felt dizzy,redness in eyes,some stomach nausea..tried returning it,but as it was opened the retailer told me he couldnt..

is it necessary to join gym or heavy workout while using carnivor

Hello. All users are different and can experience different weight-loss results, but exercise in conjunction with a healthy diet and supplements have shown to help with weight-loss.

How can i identify the original carnivore from fake products ?

Hi! For more detailed product information, please refer to the Carnivor official website.

I have two simple questions.1I have to take before o after workout…..2side efevts its stomach issues and dierrea

Hi Nate! For detailed product and usage instructions, please refer to the Carnivor official website for more information. Also, all users are different and can experience different side effects, so please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product.

im 17 nd im doin workout from past 1 month nd this month got one carnivore protein. Is it good enough to increase my muscles size? As my arms are about 11inches only

Hello. All users are different and can experience different weight-loss results. Exercise in conjunction with a healthy diet and supplements have shown to help with weight-loss, but please make sure to consult with your physician before taking this product.

Can I drink this shake every 3 hrs ???

Hi! For detailed product and usage instructions, please refer to the Carnivor official website for more information.

Ok so i just want to put out here that YALL DONT HAVE TO DO THE POWDER THERE IS ANOTHER OPTION WITCH IS PILLS THEY ARE BETTER THERES NO TASTE TO IT AND THEY WORK GREAT Yall should try it i bought mines in Amazon And Got it in 3 Days

Seriously ? pills? you would have to swallow like 60 pills to get enough protein as powder.

I like the carnivor.! Best protien

Carnivor is the only protein powder I use. When I comes to powders I don’t go by taste I go by the quality of the powder. I don’t stay sore very long at all. I believe this protein powder to be very high quality. A famous bodybuilder (Arnold) once said..if it tastes good,then it isn’t good for you. I don’t buy for taste I buy for performance. This protein powder works.

so i just started on Carnivor today. Can i take this and casein the same day or no. If so how long in between do i have to wait to take them. Thank you

Hello. For detailed product and usage instructions, please refer to the Carnivor official website for more information.

Before workout I drink 2 scoop of carnivor in 500 ml water. Nw I have a problem. I can’t pass the urin properly.

I want to know what diet i should follow with carnivor beef protein supplement

You likely want to build muscle mass; eat carbs and plenty of protein. Chicken, beef, oranges, milk, beets and brown rice, just to name a few.

Don’t drink this before a workout..Its an awesome calorie replenisher after your hard workout. Its not meant to be a energy buster..
Its meant to replenish burnt calories..replenish the cells in the blood and muscles. I drink it as a desert after a good meal after a hard workout day and its awsome

i used carnivor for 8 months …then i realized my hair start to fall …and now i stopped using it and my hair is getting better….do you think it is a side effect ?

Likely so; seems to have caused Telogen effluvium, a condition caused my some diet products that results in hair loss. One dieters comments that it could be a result of the fat cells breaking up and releasing the hair follicles.

Protiwn does not make your hair fall out. Id check any meds tour taking.