Humans are Designed to Eat Meat

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?

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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.

08c-human-frugivore-teeth2. 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.

Screen-Shot-2013-06-05-at-2.24.30-PM14. 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.

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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.

10-17-2011-faux-carnivore6. Diseases. Ever wonder why so many humans are getting sick and dying? Well perhaps it is the MEAT they are eating. Real carnivores don’t get sick from eating meat, but us humans do.

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.

558892_480907211951803_1971801497_n1I 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.

tombstone2Sources:

http://www.thechinastudy.com/

http://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet/

http://www.rense.com/general20/meant.htm

http://www.celestialhealing.net/physicalveg3.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/shattering-the-meat-myth_b_214390.html

 

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The Social Bases of Cancer

Today I was reading my sociology textbook. The chapter was called “The Social Bases of Cancer”. Basically what the chapter was talking about was how yes, cancer can happen to anyone, but there are many social factors that can cause it. It talks about wealth and status, and how people with more money and power in a society are proven to have lower risks of developing cancer. People with less money are the people who deal with stress and other issues in their life, which makes them more likely candidates to develop cancer.

reduce_cancer_riskI also read about how we as humans can reduce our risks of developing cancer just by changing things in our everyday lives such as smoking, drinking, and most importantly, our eating habits.

anti-cancer-superfuritsA panel of  22 leading experts from five countries recently completed a five year review of all research relating to cancer. They found that these things were strongly correlated to an increased risk of developing cancer.

1. Being overweight
2. Eating red and processed meats frequently
3. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol

Based on their findings, they made 8 suggestions that everyday people can follow to reduce their risks of developing cancer.

1.Stay as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight
2. Be at least moderately physically active, equivalent to walking for at least half an hour a day
3. Avoid high calorie foods, such as sugary drinks and fast food
4. Eat mostly foods of non-starchy plant origin
5. Limit consumption of red meat to one portion a week and avoid processed meat
6. Limit alcohol consumption
7. Avoid salty foods and eat more grains and legumes
8. Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet, avoiding dietary supplements

I don’t want to get cancer – I mean, who does? I know that sometimes it can be inevitable, but knowing that there are things that we can do about it kind of makes me feel a bit better. I know for a fact I can go down that check list and check everything off, and I’m not saying that I am 100% safe from cancer, but I can only hope that since I live a healthy, well balanced life style, that it pays off and helps in later in life.

I hope this helps you too.

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“Sociology as a Life or Death Issue” Robert J. Brym. 2012

Tropical Paradise

Imagine the tropics. Imagine that feeling when you’re sitting on the beach, with the sun on your skin, watching the waves wash in, and sipping on a refreshing fruity drink. What is the drink you’re thinking of? Why, it’s a Tropical Paradise of course. If you’re thinking this smoothie tastes as good as its name sounds, you are 100% correct. This smoothie is light, refreshing, healthy and delicious.
IMG_8655 All my other smoothies are thick and sweet, and yes they’re delicious and I enjoy them, but I thought I’d change it up a little bit, especially cause you guys probably want to see more variety.

IMG_8668I don’t know about you, but personally I adore sweet smoothies; like my Chunky Monkey Chocolate Vegan Shake, or my Peanut Butter Paradox. Everybody has their certain kind of smoothies they like, and when I gave this one to my mother to try, she said it was my best smoothie yet! I think that’s because she prefers the fruity, tropical taste, rather than chocolate/sweet flavour.

IMG_8657Okay, so you’re probably yearning for the recipe by now, and it’s really quite simple, so here it is.

1. Two ripe frozen bananas

2. One mango, cut up

3. 1 cup of cut up pineapple

4. 6 strawberries

5. ½ cups of water

Blend it all together for a few seconds, and pour it into a glass, and you are all done! Mine wasn’t super cold right away, so I stuck it in the freezer for 5 minutes and it was perfectly cool and refreshing.

Enjoy guys!

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Vanilla Dream Smoothie

So I was in the shower yesterday, and a name for a smoothie randomly popped into my head – it was called, Vanilla Dream. I know people usually create a concoction and THEN name it based on the looks and taste, but as soon as I thought of this name, I knew I had to create a smoothie to suit it.

IMG_8568When it comes to smoothies, I’m more of a chocolate or strawberry kind of girl. But someone who does love vanilla anything is my mother. So I thought I’d make this smoothie for her.

IMG_8572To make the Vanilla Dream Smoothie, you will need frozen bananas, protein powder, soy or coconut yogurt, vanilla extract, vanilla almond milk, and cinnamon.

1. In your blender, put in 3 frozen bananas (cut up) and 1 strawberry

2. Pour in ½ cups of vanilla almond milk

3. Add 2 tsp. of soy or coconut yogurt

4. Add 2 tbsp. of vanilla extract

5. Add in a little sprinkle of cinnamon

Blend it until it’s to your liking, and pour it into a glass to enjoy.

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Coco Nutty Oatmeal

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, this oat combination is perfect. It has everything you know and love about breakfast; oats, chocolate, and nuts. I was feeling really tired this morning, but after having this chocolate nut combo, I was ready for the day.IMG_8725

What you’ll need: oats, cacao powder, brown sugar, a banana, almond and peanut butter, cashews, almonds, walnuts and museli.

1. First I boiled my water, and poured it on my oats, eventually mixing in 1 tsp. brown sugar and 2 tsp. of cacao powder.

2. Once it was to the texture I like, i cut up half a banana and added it on

3. Next, I put a little bit of almond and peanut butter in the center.

4. For the nuts, I just sprinkled almonds, cashews, and walnuts around

5. Finally, I finished off my sprinkling a little bit of museli on top

This oatmeal not only looks good, but it tastes delicious, it’s all healthy, and gives you a great amount of protein to give you an energetic start to your day.

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