I’m sure you’ve heard this statement before, and most people probably think it’s true. Silly vegans, of course humans are designed to eat meat. I mean, if they weren’t, than why would we be eating it?
Well, I’m sorry to break it to you folks, but humans are in fact NOT designed to eat meat. Yep, you heard me correctly. Interested? Keep reading. Not interested? Exit this page. I am in no way trying to put down others eating habits or claim that eating a certain way is the right way. I am simply putting this out there to answer all the people who claim that humans are designed to eat meat.
1. How we’re built. Humans have short, soft fingernails and pathetically small “canine” teeth. In contrast, carnivores all have sharp claws and large canine teeth capable of tearing flesh.
Carnivores’ jaws move only up and down, requiring them to tear chunks of flesh from their prey and swallow them whole. Humans and other herbivores can move their jaws up and down and from side to side, allowing them to grind up fruit and vegetables with their back teeth. Like other herbivores’ teeth, human back molars are flat for grinding fibrous plant foods. Carnivores lack these flat molars.
2. Stomach acidity. Carnivores swallow their food whole, relying on their extremely acidic stomach juices to break down flesh and kill the dangerous bacteria in meat that would otherwise sicken or kill them. Our stomach acids are much weaker in comparison because strong acids aren’t needed to digest pre-chewed fruits and vegetables. Also, if we ate raw meat, we would get sick. (food poisoning, salmonella, E coli, etc)
3. Intestinal tracts. Carnivores have short intestinal tracts which reach about 3 times its body length. This allows food to pass through their systems quickly without gaining excess fat. A herbivores intestines are 12 times its body length; humans are closer to herbivores, meaning our food takes much longer to break down and digest.
4. Hunting. Humans lack the raw abilities to be good hunters. They are not quick like lions, cheetah’s, hawks, and other predators. It was not until the advent of the arrowheads, hatchets and other implements that killing and capturing prey became possible for humans.
5. Psychology. Humans also lack the instinct that drives carnivores to kill animals and devour their raw carcasses. While carnivores take pleasure in killing animals and eating their raw flesh, any human who killed an animal with his or her bare hands and ate the raw corpse would be considered deranged. Carnivorous animals are excited by the scent of blood and the thrill of the chase. Most humans, on the other hand, are revolted by the sight of blood, intestines and raw flesh, and cannot tolerate hearing the screams of animals being ripped apart and killed. The bloody reality of eating animals is innately repulsive to us, another indication that we were not designed to eat meat.
Carnivorous animals in the wild virtually never suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, or obesity, ailments that are caused in humans in large part by the consumption of the saturated fat and cholesterol in meat. Human bodies, on the other hand, were not designed to process animal flesh, so all the excess fat and cholesterol from a meat-based diet makes us sick. Meat-eaters have a 50 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than vegetarians!
7. Protein. And to all the people out there (because I’m sure there are TONS who are begging the question): where on earth will we ever get our protein?
We consume twice as much protein as we need when we eat a meat-based diet, and this contributes to osteoporosis and kidney stones. Animal protein raises the acid level in our blood, causing calcium to be excreted from the bones to restore the blood’s natural pH balance. This calcium depletion leads to osteoporosis, and the excreted calcium ends up in the kidneys, where it can form kidney stones or even trigger kidney disease.
Consuming animal protein has also been linked to cancer of the colon, breast, prostate, and pancreas. According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, the director of the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health, and the Environment, “In the next ten years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein … is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered.”
Eating meat can also have negative consequences for stamina and sexual potency. One Danish study indicated that “Men peddling on a stationary bicycle until muscle failure lasted an average of 114 minutes on a mixed meat and vegetable diet, 57 minutes on a high-meat diet, and a whopping 167 minutes on a strict vegetarian diet.”Besides having increased physical endurance, vegan men are also less likely to suffer from impotence.
I apologize if these facts are not what you expected. I’m sorry if these facts are not to your liking. I don’t write to please you – I write to bring the facts to light. My goal in this world is to make people aware of what happens to animals and hope that maybe one day we will all be equal beings who inhabit this earth. But a girl can only try.