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    Another View (Vegeteranian food vs Meat-based food)

    How humans are not physically created/evolved to eat meat. Although some historians and anthropologists say that man is historically omnivorous, our anatomical equipment ­ teeth, jaws, and digestive system ­ favor a fleshless diet. The American Dietetic Association notes that “most of mankind for most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets.”

    And much of the world still lives that way. Even in most industrialized countries, the love affair with meat is less than a hundred years old. It started with the refrigerator car and the twentieth-century consumer society. But even with the twentieth century, man’s body hasn’t adapted to eating meat. The prominent Swedish scientist Karl von Linne states, “Man’s structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food.”

    Comparison between carnivores, herbivores, and humans

    When you look at the comparison between herbivores and humans, we compare much more closely to herbivores than meat-eating animals. Humans are clearly not designed to digest and ingest meat.

    Meat-eaters: have claws

    Herbivores: no claws

    Humans: no claws

    Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue

    Herbivores: perspire through skin pores

    Humans: perspire through skin pores

    Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding

    Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

    Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

    Meat-eaters: have an intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly

    Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

    Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

    Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in the stomach to digest meat

    Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

    Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

    Meat-eaters: salivary glands in the mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.

    Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits

    Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits

    Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains

    Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

    Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

    Clearly, if humans were meant to eat meat we wouldn’t have so many crucial ingestive/digestive similarities with animals that are herbivores.

    Why do people eat meat?

    Many people ask me, “If we weren’t supposed to eat meat than why do we?”. It is because we are conditioned to eat meat. Also, the ADA (American Dietetic Association) tells us that “most of mankind for most of human history has lived on a vegetarian or Lacto-Ovo vegetarian diet.

    A popular statement that meat eaters say is; “In the wild, animals kill other animals for food. It’s nature.” First of all, we are not in the wild. Secondly, we can easily live without eating meat and killing, not to mention we’d be healthier. And finally, we weren’t meant to eat meat.

    Meat and seafood putrefy within 4 hours after consumption and the remnants cling to the walls of the stomach and intestines for 3-4 days or longer than if a person is constipated. Furthermore, the reaction of saliva in humans is more alkaline, whereas, in the case of flesh-eating or preying animals, it is clearly acidic. The alkaline saliva does not act properly on meat.

    The final point I would like to make on how we as humans were not meant to eat meat is this. All omnivorous and carnivorous animals eat their meat raw. When a lion kills an herbivore for food, it tears right into the stomach area to eat the organs that are filled with blood (nutrients).

    While eating the stomach, liver, intestine, etc., the lion laps the blood in the process of eating the dead animal’s flesh. Even bears that are omnivores eat salmon raw. However, eating raw or bloody meat disgust us as humans. Therefore, we must cook it and season it to buffer the taste of flesh.

    If a deer is burned in a forest fire, a carnivorous animal will NOT eat its flesh. Even circus lions have to be feed raw meat so that they will not starve to death. If humans were truly meant to eat meat, then we would eat all of our meat raw and bloody. The thought of eating such meat makes one’s stomach turn.

    This is the point on how we as humans are conditioned to believe that animal flesh is good for us and that we were meant to consume it for survival and health purposes. If we are true carnivores or omnivores, cooking our meat and seasoning it with salt, ketchup, or tabasco sauce would disguise and we as humans would refuse to eat our meat in this form.

    Socio-Economic Factor of Protein Intake in India

    The reason, why today’s humans especially from the not financially able communities intake meat, is to overcome protein deficiency which otherwise requires him to intake pricey and not affordable Paneer, Soya, Mushroom, Pulses, Rajmas, and other such products.
    One of the reasons why Pork, Mouse, and Cattle meats are consumed in the financially challenged groups in India. During the great famine in China, with no food, people started eating all kinds of birds and later worms, and then there came the WET Market and now SAARS and COVID-19.

    I am not sure about the Intestine related various diseases that come from various leafy foods. More research needs to be done. IBS is one such disease.