Have you ever wondered why we eat meat? It’s obvious; it’s how it’s always been. Since the beginning of time, humans have been hunters and gatherers. They went out into the wild, hunted their meals, took it back to the cave, and ate it. They picked plants, seeds, herbs etc. This is how they survived.
But we’ve grown; we’ve evolved. We are no longer cave men who run around in cloths and cannot speak a language. We are revolutionized humans who drive fancy cars and use complex technologies. We have evolved more intricately than any other species on the planet. We have eaten other animals for as long as we can remember; but is that still a good justification for why it is right?
We currently live in a time where we do not need to eat meat. So why are we still eating it? Well, the answer I just stated above for starters. Culture; History; Conformity; it’s what we are used to, so why would we change?
Well what if I told you that humans have gotten ourselves to the point where what we eat may actually be affecting more than just our own health. What we eat affects the entire planet. Animal agriculture and factory farming are the leading causes of environmental destruction; climate change; species extinction; ocean dead zones; deforestation; world hunger, and so on.
We need to make a conscious decision about what we are putting our money towards.
I completely understand where people are coming from; it wasn’t that long ago that I was eating meat, cheese, milk, eggs, and so many other things. But then I made a conscious decision to change. So this article is in no way intended to offend people or put them down. Rather, it is here to educate those who think that we humans are MEANT to eat meat. I just want people to know that it is possible to survive with out meat; millions of people do, and have done for decades.
People often use the argument “What are vegans going to do about all the animals in the wild?? Are they gunna make them go vegan to!?”
No. We aren’t. Because animals in the wild (I’m assuming you are referring to lions, tigers, bears; oh my) are natural carnivores. Humans are not. You cannot compare one thing humans do (eating meat) to a lion. Lions also sniff each other butts and sometimes eat their young. So if you’re going to compare us to lions, why only pick that one thing? Humans are naturally herbivores; just because we evolved to eat meat for survival, does not meat that we still should now when there are tons of other available options and resources for vegans to thrive.
So please; read this with an open mind.
WHY HUMANS ARE HERBIVORES:
1. Our Body Structure
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.
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.
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.
With the exception of some hunters, most North American’s could not go out and get their own dinner. Could they run through the forest, bare foot, jump on a deer and dig their claws into it and rip it’s flesh off and start eating it? No. But that is what true carnivores do.
Humans, rather, go through McDonald’s drive through, or go to the store and buy their meat neatly packaged, no blood or hunting; no real work they had to do, except pay someone else to do it for them in a large factory.
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.
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.
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.
“As we look to 2050, when we’ll need to feed two billion more people, the question of which diet is best has taken on new urgency. The foods we choose to eat in the coming decades will have dramatic ramifications for the planet. Simply put, a diet that revolves around meat and dairy, a way of eating that’s on the rise throughout the developing world, will take a greater toll on the world’s resources than one that revolves around unrefined grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
The popularity of these so-called caveman or Stone Age diets is based on the idea that modern humans evolved to eat the way hunter-gatherers did during the Paleolithic—the period from about 2.6 million years ago to the start of the agricultural revolution
Richard Wrangham argues that the biggest revolution in the human diet came not when we started to eat meat but when we learned to cook. Cooking not only gave early humans the energy they needed to build bigger brains but also helped them get more calories from food so that they could gain weight.” – http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/evolution-of-diet/