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Humans are Designed to Eat Meat

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.

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.

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.

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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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/vegetarians-death-premature-longevity-live-longer_n_3380781.html

http://www.treehugger.com/health/vegetarians-live-20-longer-cut-greenhouse-gas-emissions-33-according-massive-study.html

http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2006/1/awsi/Page-01

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_n1Again, please do not take offense to this. I am simply trying to show people that it is possible to live without taking the life of another being.

tombstone2Sources:

Humans are Natural Plant Eaters – Michael Blue Jay

Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory – Book

Should Humans Eat Meat? – Scientific America

Why Humans are Not Meant to Eat Meat – Our Compass

Shattering The Meat Myth: Humans Are Natural Vegetarians – Huffington Post

Were Humans Meant to Eat Meat? – Rense.com

Shattering the Meat Myth – The Huffington Post

“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/

How Humans are Not Physically Created to Eat Meat

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

http://mindfullybliss.com/sources/

http://www.thechinastudy.com/

 

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70 Comments

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    M. L. Sexton
    April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    The sad thing is I can show this to my family and friends and they’ll roll their eyes and continue about their business. I wish more people would understand this and realize that’s why so many of us get cancer and all kinds of diseases and illnesses.

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      Katrina Gormley
      April 23, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      I know, it’s sad some people will never understand. And it is something that will affect their lives and futures.

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      Izoe
      September 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      This article is retarded. So what humans have short fingernails and small canines? Humans have the sharpest brain compared to any of the carnivores so they use it to catch prey. Eat your vegetables in silence because you’ll never convince meat eaters not to eat meat.

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        Katrina
        October 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

        Just because humans think they are the smartest species, does not in any way shape or form justify the killing of another animal and eating it lol. Humans used to eat meat because that’s what they did to survive, so the human body developed to process and digest meat. However, in a world today where there is limitless plant based foods, we have no excuse to continue eating animals. And actually on the contrary; many many meat eaters have came to me and told me that I inspired them to go vegan and plant based 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment though xx

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        Matt Wilson
        May 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm

        Exactly 10000% correct
        If humans wernt built and designed to hunt and eat meat then we wouldn’t have survived this is fact. You veggys owe your lives to meat eaters.

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          Cindy
          May 1, 2017 at 1:33 am

          SO ignorant. Enjoy your cancer and other fun avoidable diseases. We vegans will have the last laugh; I just hope I get to do it in your face. lol

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        Aileenn
        June 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        umm okay unnecessary comment. it’s not a stupid article, it’s the facts. this article is meant to educate ppl, not for you to tell us we are stupid and wrong

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          Brian
          April 21, 2017 at 2:57 am

          No scientist ever proved that evolution was real. Actually most prominent scientist have proven it’s NOT real. So to say we “evolved” to eat meat because that’s what we “supposedly” did thousands of years ago is a crock of horse poo. Articles like these aren’t about proving whether or not eating meat is something humans are meant to do. As Katrina stated on 10/4/2015 “Just because humans think they are the smartest species, does not in any way shape or form justify the killing of another animal and eating it lol.” This is PURELY about those who dislike and wish to change those who don’t see the world their way. This is purely for the sake of “save the animals” “It’s not right to eat them” “you can eat other things” Sounds like indoctrination at it’s best to me. Gandhi was vegan because that was the Hindu way. Not because it was “wrong and harmful to animals”. Einstein only became a vegan later in his life before he died. Yes he said he felt a little guilty, but that was because he ate too much and attributed his waning health to this. Again NOT because it’s bad to eat meat. Tesla drank milk regularly, ate fish liberally, AND even ate meat, but sparingly. Hmmm so far I’ve debunked half this article with facts that apparently you lot seem to not be able to find using that thing called Google. Tesla was NEVER a vegan nor a vegetarian. So here is a bit of “education” for you. Education is about teaching people things they didn’t know that are fact not fiction. This article is fiction at it’s worse with an ulterior motive that most people with common sense can realize. This is the same crap people spew about too much CO2 in the atmosphere and it’s killing plants. Another bit of education. Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out CO2. Plants, through photosynthesis, intake CO2 and expel breathable oxygen through the chemical process of making glucose for the plant to feed off of. So if we rid the atmosphere of the very gas that helps plants live and survive……what does that do to humans? It kills us.

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      celia carreira
      March 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      im currently having an argument on facebook with this girl that says it is in the bible us needing to eat meat, and that animals are here for us to serve of them, and they call me ignorant whilst i am vegan because humans are not meant to eat meat, but people can be very ignorant. even when eating fish you eating small pieces of plastic.. thats nasty

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    M. L. Sexton
    April 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Writing My Life Away.

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    ohhellomango
    April 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    THANK YOU! I just wish people would be open to the fact I’m a vegetarian rather than making me feel like an inconvenience! Great post 🙂 xx

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      Katrina Gormley
      April 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      I know, it can be difficult sometimes. Thank you xo

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    Tina
    April 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Love this and shared it with my family. Thank you! Katrina, is the article meant to be titled Humans are NOT designed to eat meat?

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      Katrina Gormley
      April 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! And no, the title is correct; it’s meant to grab people’s attention I guess. I may change it if it confuses people though.

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        Cindy
        May 1, 2017 at 1:35 am

        I almost didn’t read it because of the title. I’m glad I did!

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    Charlie
    April 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    This is what our appendix was originally for! A ‘second stomach’ to help process the vegetation that we ate. Due a change in our diets, it is now an unused, pretty useless part of our body. But it’s existence proves we are not designed to eat meat!

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    Cina
    June 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This was very informative. After reading this I will try my hardest to cut down on eating meat and do my best to eventfully stop eating animal flesh all together

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      Katrina
      June 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      That’s awesome! Thanks so much, I’m so glad I could help make a change!

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    Ashley Rein
    July 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    yup still gonna eat meat

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    Jack
    September 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    One of the main reasons why eating meat leads to these problems is because we eat it in excessive amounts due to how readily available it is. Not to mention the factory processed meats with added emulsifiers, hormones, and who knows what is added to it. Also, we, as a human race, do not need sharp claws, fast reflexes, razor teeth, or incredible strength. Why? Because we have something animals do not have, intelligence. The ability to design tools to overcome these obstacles as well as engineer more effective ways to beat our prey. Look at the indigenous tribes we have had the opportunity to observe. They eat meat, fish, and plants. Also, whether you believe it or not, humans are evolving. Those wisdom teeth that grow in wrong or overcrowd our mouth, they are meant for crushing bone, although after centuries, maybe even a million years, the human body started growing out of it but not completely yet. Last but not least, just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean you don’t eat some sort of meat. Think of how many insects are unknowingly eaten from those vegetables as well as the microbes that live on them. Don’t get me wrong though, I judge no one and have respect for people who live the lifestyle they choose. It’s your life, live it how you want to. I eat meat every day. I’m as healthy as can be, in fact, it’s baffled all my doctors. If I were to convert to vegan, to maintain my level of health and strength, I would be required to eat constantly all day long and even then, I wouldn’t be able to achieve all the necessary essential nutrients and would be spending thousands in cost for food per week as I cannot grow near enough. Maybe I’m a rare case, but the site of blood and freshly killed flesh, the sound of meat ripping from the bone, the smell of the blood, just makes me hungry beyond belief. I don’t eat store bought meat. I live in the woods and kill all kinds of animals. Every part is eaten. I also grow my own vegetables, herbs, and fruits. It’s very rare I go to town. Want to know the kicker here? Im 86 and have been doing this since I was a mere lad. In fact, I’ve been told I have the body of a healthy man of his 30s. So not everything you read on how “poisonous” meat is for you is true. It’s where it comes from that causes these problems. I’m not trying to criticize or judge anyone’s lifestyle. Just don’t try to be biased based on your beliefs and everything you read about what’s bad about meat without looking into the good as well.

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      Katrina
      September 14, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      You are 86 years old and live in the woods… but have a laptop or smart phone that you are typing this on? And this article was simply to disprove to all the people who say, “humans are DESIGNED to eat meat”, because we are not designed for that. You can eat whatever you’d like. You have my opinion, I have mine. and I don’t believe another being should die in order for us to have a snack. ps. insects are not meat.

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        Jack
        September 15, 2014 at 2:48 am

        Yes, having a portable computer allows me to keep somewhat in touch with current events in the town 43 miles away as well as what is happening around the world (to be quite frank, that’s all I really know how to do on these contraptions and they are so darn expensive to be on with limited amounts of money). Do you buy your produce at the store or markets? I can guarantee animals and insects were killed to preserve that crop and provide you with your “snacks”. Something has to die in order to keep a balance in life. Insects are not meat? So eating insects is acceptable for vegans? Insects feel pain. I eat insects. Some even let out a high pitched noise when harmes. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, it’s been considered that insects may have to be part of a stable food source due to a worldwide concern of food shortages. By weight, insects contain more protein than meat as well as minerals and fat. So really, no matter what you eat, in some way, something died for that “snack”. I don’t believe in killing and wasting. I was taught from the age I could draw a bow string that whatever was killed by these hands must be put to good use. The animal, insect, plant, fish, whatever you may eat must be respected for providing sustenance. True, our intestines may not be designed for meat, but that is where the appendix comes into play. It provides the necessary enzymes and microbes needed to digest that meat and then the small intestines break the fat down. I eat raw meat, I’ve been doing it for almost 60 years and never have I had a problem nor have I came ill from doing so. Others may say that raw meat is bad for you, but think about what happens when you put fire or heat to something. It destroys the molecular bonds and can even change the chemical properties of that substance. There’s where carcinogens can develop. I’ve heard countless times from others in town that the appendix is a useless organ, why would we have it if it didn’t serve a purpose? I just can’t stand by and have people misinformed about the human diet. We are omnivorous. We can eat a straight plant diet, we can eat a straight animal diet (that includes meat, insect, and fish), or we can have a mixture of both. Understand how amazing the human body is and it’s ability to adapt to its environment or lifestyle. The mind controls the body, not the other way around. People today are so closed minded and basically “brainwashed” by society. As a child, I’m sure you watched the television. More than likely you ended up watching the same program (maybe educational or pleasure) as others around you. When one person believes one idea and pass that idea on to another individual, it goes on and on until it becomes a common thing. Say you grew up being taught the color red was actually yellow. How easy would it be for you, having learned this as a child until adult, to accept the truth that the color red was indeed red and not yellow? There’s an old saying I was taught on my journey with the monks of Tibet, “To become wise, one must learn to accept things for the way they are.” I may be old, but I’ve lived more in just the past 20 years than most will ever live in 3 lifetimes. So, with all due respect young miss, think about the lives that were taken to preserve the life of the ‘snack’, excuse me, fruits and vegetables you eat on a daily basis. Just so we are clear, I’m not trying to put you down in any way. Its your body and your life and I respect your desicions in life and would never try to force anything on anyone. Close your eyes and open your mind. You seem like an intelligent young woman. Don’t waste it.

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      mukesh
      February 12, 2016 at 5:15 am

      I think we should ignore when an insect is killed unknowingly. That is by nature you can’t control how many ants someone kills by stepping on it or microbe or insects eats through veggies.
      once a Hindu religious sage came to my home and he said that there was a representative of god who wouldn’t harm any animals, insects etc not even ants even if he stepped over them. such things are possible only by some saints or gods.
      sometimes its a moral or ethics that should be the cause to be a vegetarian otherwise nobody is stopping us to eat a tiger,deer,dog, fox,fish.i don’t know if we are eradicating or endangering those species by eating them god knows if we have removed any species of fish or crab from the face of the earth or any other species who is dependent on them.

      I was a meat eater and turned into a veggie.
      I just feel better being a veggie, frank medrano is an inspiration to me.
      i don’t know if he suffers from b12 deficiency but he lookes pretty healthy.

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    J Luther Barnhart
    September 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Absolutely humans are not designed to eat meat.

    In Genesis 1 we read 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    But then in Genesis 9 we read “3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.”

    God originally created us to be vegetarian. It wasn’t until after the flood that he gave us permission to eat meat.

    So, while we are not designed to eat meat, we are capable of eating meat, and permitted to do so by our designer.

    Now, if you don’t believe there was a designer, then we weren’t “designed”. Humans eat what they eat. You may be able to say that we would live longer, healthier lives if we didn’t eat meat, but you can’t make any “design” arguments about it.

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      Katrina
      September 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      This was simply to all the people who claim that we were designed to eat meat. The human body is not biologically and physically not meant to eat meat, and this was what my post was proving.

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        Michael Sundberg
        July 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        If we were not designed to eat meat we simply would not be able to. We are designed to not be able to eat all sorts of things, then when we eat them we can’t digest them, and can get very ill and die. The human body has always been designed to eat meat, we are not herbivores, we are omnivores, we can eat meat and plants easily. We are supposed to eat more plants than animals, but our current system allows us to just go out an buy a chicken sandwich whenever we want. In earlier times meat was a I once a week or month meal, and helped the humans system, it wasn’t an everyday thing. But our bodies are easily able to take in and survive off of meat so we are designed to eat it.

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    No Thinking
    October 15, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Just because the human being was not designed to eat other animals does not mean we were not designed to eat protein(insects). Insects are very high in protein and human could not get enough protein from just eating insects to survive to what we have evolved to today. Moderation is the key to everything. Anything you do in excess is bad for you. Drink to much water and your body fails.

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      Anon
      August 27, 2015 at 4:11 am

      there’s more protein in broccoli than there is in meat.

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    Kelt
    October 29, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    There is no observable evidence to support that humans were designed. Poor choice of words; regardless, modern day humans are omnivores – there is no debate here. Early hominids from the Miocene epoch (24 million – 5 million years ago) have flat molar teeth and the evidence supports that their diet consisted of flowers, nuts, fruits and brittle foods but certainly not meat, seeds, steams/roots (source1).

    The modern ice age (Pleistocence epoch) came around 1.6 million years ago. Our ancestors were forced from trees onto the ground, encouraging bipedalism (walking upright) and working in co-operative groups to survive predators. Plants don’t grow in cold climates thus our previous ancestors survived by migrating and finding warmer climates or eating other animals in colder climates. This change in the environment (along with other factors of course) yielded the modern humans you know today – omnivores.

    Throughout certain periods of our current ice age, plant based food sources were likely scarce and these ancestors either starved to death or made do. They likely were scavengers eating insects, leftover carcass, roots or any source of nutrients they could come upon. After a few hundred thousand years of evolution, the diet of Homo heidelbergensis was large animals (source2).

    The downside of being an omnivore is that we are not efficient at digesting plants as herbivores. The same goes for digesting meat as efficiently as true carnivores. However, our digestive system allows us to be flexible in harsh cold environments (such as the ice age) when plants are not readily available or rely on plants if available. If you think about it, picking plants is far less risky than attacking a wild animal.

    The modern human is not constricted to a diet of strictly plants or animals. We are constantly evolving as well. In just the last 10,000 years alone we have integrated a new spectrum of food into our diet. Things like processed sugar, hotdogs and cereal may seem like old news, but it is a blink of an eye compared to the evolution over millions of years. Some speculate that these new foods and our sedimentary lifestyle probably contribute more to diseases such as diabetes and cancer, more so than eating lots and lots of red meat. Also advances in medical technology (artificial selection) pollutes the gene pool with genes that might otherwise be removed. Instead of dying, those who have these diseases are able to stay alive longer and reproduce.

    All this to say: humans were not designed, we evolved. We have been eating plants and animals for several millions of years. Some humans choose to eat only plants. Some of us tolerate grains better. Some of us tolerate meat better. If you find yourself taking omeprazole (prevacid, nexium, zantac, etc) then maybe you should consider a different diet. If you are unhappy with your diet, change it. Diet isn’t the root cause of all diseases but having a good diet can make you a lot happier.

    In this day and age with the technology and ice age recession we have the luxury of *choosing* our diet. If a person chooses to be vegetarian then cool beans (yeah, that’s a pun). They may need supplementation for the lack of protein, fat and vitamin B-12 deficiencies that occur after long terms but if that type of diet makes them happy then why would they change it?

    However, don’t believe for a second that humans evolved only to consume vegetables – that is simply not true – we would not be here without our ability to consume meat. Vegetarianism is a choice. We can eat meat and many years. We can eat no meat and live many years. Nutritional science seems to alter and studies contradict each other from decade to decade. Eggs used to be considered bad for you. Vegetable oils replaced fats. Now eggs are not bad for you and fats are better than vegetable oils. For those of you old enough, you probably remember the food pyramid (source3) that states that you should eat more bread than vegetables and fruits combined. ^_^ Here is a current study that shows vegetarians are more likely to have cancer than someone who has a diet high in meat (source4). Here is another article that says eating fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of cancer (source5). Some studies say vegetarians live longer. Other’s studies refute this. It’s no wonder that people are confused. My advice is to seek if you are unhappy with your diet, seek a dietitian and change your diet. See what works for you.

    source1 – http://www.pnas.org/content/97/25/13506.full
    source2 – http://australianmuseum.net.au/Homo-heidelbergensis
    source3 – http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/food_pyramid.shtml
    source4 – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2596012/Vegetarians-healthy-poorer-quality-life-meat-eaters.html
    source5 – http://www.abc.net.au/health/talkinghealth/factbuster/stories/2014/03/13/3962359.htm

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      Ali
      August 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

      This is so incredibly sensible that I can’t believe it’s an internet comment!

      Thank you for your spending the time on this. I would love the writer to comment.

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      norma
      April 22, 2016 at 1:26 am

      That was a totally incredible reply and I COMPLETELY agree the humans are meant to be omnivores.

      One other thing that vegetarians never seem to mention is that humans have front-facing eyes, just like all other carnivores on earth. I can’t think of a single herbivore that has front-facing eyes.

      I would love to hear a response to this as the similarity of our eyes to that of all other carnivores has always stuck out like a sore thumb to me in the ‘humans are meant to be vegetarians’ argument.

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        Eileen Ross
        April 22, 2016 at 9:03 am

        I never thought about our front-facing eyes. I do go by God’s Word, the Bible, and I find it interesting that in many instances when food is talked about, the word meat is used. In the Old Testament, the Jews were forbidden to eat pig (because of the instance in which demons were cast into the pigs, and then they drowned) But in the New Testament, the old was done away with and Jesus made everything new. The only thing we are forbidden to eat is blood. Jesus ate lamb (meat) for Passover. I’ll go with God’s Word vs man’s word anyday!

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          norma
          April 22, 2016 at 9:11 am

          Thank you for the viewpoint towards the argument from the Bible.

          I would also be interested if anyone had any input on the topic of front-facing eyes from a purely evolutionary standpoint.

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          Randy Lowe
          May 23, 2017 at 11:48 pm

          Eileen, that is inaccurate. Jews were forbidden to eat meat, because of the laws of Kashrut that were mentioned in Leviticus 11. Pigs and other animals simply do not meet the 2 signs: shows the cud and split hooves. It does not have anything to do with jesus or the greek writings.

          • Randy Lowe
            May 23, 2017 at 11:51 pm

            Correction: Jews were forbidden to eat pigs and other unclean animals, not meat altogether. I wasn’t able to edit my prior comment.

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      Eileen Ross
      May 3, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Your article is very accurate, as you have taken the time to do a lot of research. I do agree with most of it, and would like to add that global lies come into play, as in food studies, but mostly the profiteers who sneak additives into our food. They have pushed canola oil as the “healthy”oil, when in fact, it is made from rape seeds, which has been genetically modified. They have been lying to us about how unhealthy coconut oil is, when in fact, it is one of our healthiest choices, and the brain loves it.

      All that said, it is sad that some people actually still believe in evolution, another lie.

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    Giorgio Pistolas
    April 29, 2015 at 8:51 am

    This is not fact, this is just an opinion! There are lots of physiological evidence to say that humans are designed to eat meat! I’m happy for you to be a vegan, that means there is more meat for the rest of us!!!!

    I agree with Jack, the 86 year old typing his response out in the woods!

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    mark cgrant
    June 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I like the thinking of the veggie diet, yet you can not deny the software and hardware at play regarding this human condition, and how responsive that is to meat, but more importantly fats. And this is something that the veggie diets and meat eaters often overlook. It seems to be evident from study that for millions of years we killed animals for the fats. In times of plenty, we would strip a carcass of fats and leave the meat, those considered modern quality cuts of meat. The old thinking being that ketogenesis was a disease for optimal survival is starting to lose weight as we understand more about our past and present. In time we may come to conclude that Gluconeogenesis and glycogenesis were not, and are not, optimal conditions to function this hardware and software on. I am of the firm belief that most current dialogue on diet is seriously flawed and wriggled with dogma – fed by a global lie, fueling a global market focused on meat and grain – which is slowly removing good fats from the household table.

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    Cindy
    June 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    If humans aren’t designed to eat meat or animal products, how do you explain the fact that humans need vitamin B12 which is derived from the same? Vitamin B12 occurs naturally in animal products so if your diet largely consists of plant-based foods such as fruits, veggies, beans, and soy, you’re at risk for deficiency. Inadequate B12 intake makes a dent in red blood cell production, and some of the earliest signs of a deficiency include feeling dragged, confused, and weak. B12 plays an important role in white blood cell production, and white blood cells are essential for proper immune system functioning so a lack of B12 lower your immunity. One shouldn’t have to turn to man-made vitamins to provide essential nutrients.

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      Katrina
      July 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Hi lovely. I am quite educated on the information of B12. I wrote a blog post here if you’d like to read it: http://mindfullybliss.com/the-basics-on-b12/

      Basically, vitamin B12 is found in the soil. Animals eat the soil, but they are also injected with vitamin B12. Although both humans and animals produce small amounts in our bodies naturally, factory farmers inject B12 into their animals. But B12 is actually ruined when meat is cooked (and you can’t eat it raw), so essentially meat isn’t even that good of a source.

      A good portion of the population are B12 deficient, not just vegans, meat eaters as well. Vegans can get their vitamin B12 through plant substances such as nutritional yeast, sprirulina, maca, etc.

      Hope this helps x

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    Cascara
    September 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    There are more animal-sourced foods than just meat: seafood, eggs and milk. Looking at current and historical population concentrations, we sure like living close to water. Fish is easy to catch and less likely to try to catch us. Shellfish is very sustainable to grow and has about the same mental capacities as a cabbage. Even jellyfish can be eaten, if they are first shrunk in a salty brine. I HATE jellyfish, so it was nice to learn this 🙂

    Chicken and quail make great pets, are easy and cheap to care for, produce eggs and when they stop producing, it’s time to eat them. The dog eats the less-pleasant parts and bones -yes you can feed bird bones to dogs as long as they are uncooked and soft. The chicken eat fins, scales and intestines of fish. It’s an ecosystem.

    I’m lactose and gluten tolerant and these mutations have accumulated in my population because we have designed ourselves for farming grains and dairy. Above the 65th degree dairyfarming is more efficient than growing most food crops. B12 does exist in the soil in the form of microbes, but animals don’t eat soil generally. Some is ingested by eating insects but most comes from the amazing fermentation tanks that is the bovine digestive system. A grass-fed cow doesn’t need shots, her gut bacteria makes all the vitamins and proteins.

    Heritage breeds of farm animals have co-evolved with us and the relationship between human and animal can be companionship, not exploitation. There are also the cultural aspects of food production and traditions, that ground us to the local soil. For example, it would be absurd to suggest a fruit-based diet for the Northern Territories in Canada.
    Freelee the vegan guru is lucky to live in a location with abundant fruit, but the non-tropical bananagirls rely on Cavendish as the only available banana cultivar. It’s a trisomic clone of a single plant discovered more than 100 years ago. Thus, every plant is genetically identical and they cannot develop resistance to the Panama disease that is threatening banana crops all over the world. The fungal disease is fought by covering the fields in plastic and gassing with fungicides. It causes health problems for farm workers and great loss of biodiversity. Crop rotation used in organic banana farming is a better solution, but for the long term we desperately need more banana cultivars that can withstand shipping.

    I’m not suggesting we should consume more animal products, quite the opposite! Plant-based *locally grown* foods as staples and moderate supplementation with animal products is probably the sustainable diet for most populations. Even if I do support traditional animal husbandry, sometimes it too can lead to environmental problems when big herds are associated with social prestige and cause erosion. Instability discourages soil protection with planting perennials, because someone else is going to steal the benefits. Horn of Africa is the most extreme case I think.

    Finally, those who believe humans were specifically designed by a higher being might want to consider the benefits of Lent for the northern hemisphere.

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    Eileen
    November 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

    None of us is getting out of this alive. For those who do not believe in Jesus, you’re really in trouble.

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    Ramon Silva
    January 16, 2016 at 3:12 am

    This comment is in no way intended to offend anyone or their beliefs. Everyone is entiltled to their own opinion, and here is mine: We eat meat not because we are used to it (as stated on the article), but because as an animal, we like it. It is harmful for the environment? Completely. Can we live without it all our lifes? Sure thing. But the point is that we eat meat because we like it, but because animals like things, that is a fact. Why do cats like playing with their victims before killing them? Instinct?. They do it because they like it, why would playing with their victims be in their instinct in the first place? It is not nessesary for survival that is a sure thing. You can’t make a cat stop doing things it likes because it is unethical to you. We are the same as cats, it is an activity completely unnecessary for our survival, we do it because we as animals we like some things and sometimes it can’t be helped but just accept it. It being dangerous for the environment is because of other factors such as too much population in earth.

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      Eileen Ross
      January 16, 2016 at 10:03 am

      I enjoy eating meat too. But sometimes I think of the saying “we kill animals, eat them, and then they kill us”.

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    Bayan
    January 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you for this article, it helped me understand the correlation with the Baha’i writings I just read, I immediately searched up some scientific arguments and articles concerning the ‘humans are designed to eat meat’ claim. As in the Baha’i faith, we are taught that Science and religion should complement each other and you should question everything. I have a better understanding now, thank you.

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    Lambert Manansala
    January 26, 2016 at 12:54 am

    This article only proves one thing… You are indeed narrow minded, have never lived outside a ‘civilized’ lifestyle, you’ve never grown up going to school barefoot, have always known ‘luxury’, and truly do not understand that your perception of the world isn’t a rule of law.

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    Dave
    March 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    If humans weren’t meant to eat meat then 1. It wouldn’t be universal across all human cultures. Even the Most isolated of tribes eats some form of animal product. I suggest you look up the Sentinelese people. They are indigenous to a small island in India and they are one of the last uncontacted peoples in the world. They have been observed fishing with nets and hunting with arrows in the many years that anthropologists have tried to make contact and study them. My question is if we weren’t meant to eat any meat then where would these people have learned to fish and hunt? And, no you can’t give me the “Europeans taught them” argument because the Europeans have been unsuccessful at establishing lasting contact with them due to the tribes hostility towards foreigners. How would these people have learned to eat meat if it wasn’t taught to them? The answer must be that meat is an essential part of the human diet or else the tribe wouldn’t be eating.
    2. We do have our own form of hunting and it’s similar to that of grey wolves (the animal we domesticated dogs from). It’s called persistence hunting and it involves chasing down your prey in the hot sun for about 5 hours until the animal dies of exhaustion. Since you say that humans aren’t built like predators I will have to dispute that and say that we are, just not in the conventional sense. Ever wondered why we’re essentially hairless? It’s so we can survive the hot desert afternoons without overheating. Most animals need to pant to keep cool but humans are more efficient, we sweat instead. We exert less energy because we run on two legs instead of four. This makes us the perfect animal to use this style of hunting. The people of the Kalahari desert use this style of hunting and like the Sentinelese they couldn’t have learned it from anybody else. Even with more contact from the Europeans there is still no way that the Euro’s could have taught them this hunting tactic. The European climate doesn’t lend itself well to this type of hunting so the Kalahari bushmen must have learned it themselves. And if they learned it themselves then that only lends itself to one conclusion, humans were meant to eat meat. They wouldn’t have chased down an animal just for sport and then decided to eat it one day. Obviously they did it to feed their tribe.
    Though I agree that as a species we need to eat less meat, to cut it out completely would be a major mistake and would not be benificial to our continuing health.

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      Eileen Ross
      March 6, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      What a wonderful, accurate commentary, Dave! I agree with everything you have said, but I will add something: Yes, we should eat meat, and no we should not gorge on it. The only reason we should cut back on even a moderate amount would be because of the hormones and antibiotics they are feeding the animals for their own profit. Unless one can afford to buy meat without those additives, one should not eat much or it could be harmful. I purchase natural chicken, and as much natural meat as I can afford. There is a butcher whom I trust, but his prices are higher than a cat’s back. You really CAN taste the difference, so it is worth it.

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    Luisa Merrill
    March 11, 2016 at 1:32 am

    This is a badly researched blog post. Humans are omnivores we evolved to eat meat, that is a fisiological fact. No way out of it. But, did we evolve to eat the amount of meat people eat today? Absolutely not. Still we are doing a disservice to health not talking about the importance of vitamin B12 and proper iron and calcium intake in the vegetarian or vegan diet. Lets stop tossing the old boring question as to wether we are suppose to eat meat and start talking about people becoming healthier through proper nutrition and empowering them to become responsible consumers, to source their food and products responsabily, not shaming people for their choice of eating meat. Research!!!! Btw that diagram of the teeth is bull…

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    Shane R
    March 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    To correct you concerning “cavemen” they were capable of language also early man wore animal skins not cloth. And despite what you see in the movies they were able to fashion skins into both pants and tops they were even able to fashion rain proof cloaks from grasses. Also early mans diet consisted of mostly fish not meats. Stop watching t.v and thinking its reality. You speak of early humans and you clearly know nothing about our ancestors or there diet and lifestyle.

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      123
      April 1, 2016 at 6:54 am

      I think he mean that the communication was not like today but anyway .
      Man was frugivore . This is by migrating to regions where the climate does not allow the fruits and vegetables that he has had to adapt and begin to hunt once again to survive.

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    Shane R
    March 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    And yes I’m aware fish is a type of meat. But obviously fish,berries and eggs from various birds were easier to gather and collect then hunting large more difficult land based animals.

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    Shane R
    March 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Another liberal with an agenda

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    Eileen Ross
    March 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Liberals usually have an agenda, but I’m not following what or whom you are referring to Shane.

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    123
    April 1, 2016 at 6:44 am

    , just because we eat meat from many years doesn’t mean it’s okay and we are designed to eat meat .Slavery exist since a long time ago and still does exist does that mean it’s ok . So many arguments that I still see int he comments especially this argument is getting old and it’s narrow if you want to learn more about how we aren’t designed to eat meat and why not to eat meat , impacts on health I also suggest this article :

    http://badassu.net/100-scientific-reasons-to-not-eat-meat/

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    Eileen Ross
    April 1, 2016 at 8:33 am

    OK, this meat/no meat dispute has been beaten to death. The next thing we should consider is the health effects on vegans from most of our crops being genetically modified. Consider: 95% of our corn crops are genetically modified, soy as well, Then there are rape seed (which is made into canola oil). Then of course the various harmful pesticides used on other vegetables. So, unless you are growing your own plant based food, your health risks are just as bad, if not worse than the meat eaters.

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    Katy
    May 3, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Great article. I’ve been Vegan now for only 2 months in a city where I do not know a single other vegan. It’s hard at times but so worth, especially when I read articles such as yours which remind me that there are other people out there with the same beliefs!

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    Melissa
    June 24, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Great article!

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    Katherine Benson
    July 18, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I’ve been 100 percent vegetarian since I was twelve years old. I’ll be 38 August 2016. And yes, no fish, chicken, broth powder, anything – faithfully. Wasn’t hard at all, except the social aspect, of course. About me – female, 5’5″, 135 lbs, and extensive blood work through LEF (female panel) every year comes back with exceptional results! Waded through the naysayers patiently, and now enjoying the compliments. Everyone is amazed at how young I look, and women have asked me where I went for cellulite treatment, big LOL! Sorry, millions, I’m either extremely lucky, or maybe just living proof that we really weren’t meant to eat bloody meat at every convenience…

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    Anna
    September 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Great article – THANK YOU!! The same usual boring meat eaters arguments, nothing new!!! It is amazing how far people go to justify their need to eat meat! You can find scientific research/evidence/studies to prove almost anything lol You are making people to re-think even the “screaming” meat eaters 🙂 you have planted a seed on them; it will just be a matter of time before that seed grows, ignore the ignorant comments and keep up with with work, they will wake up one day!

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    Jon M
    November 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Pleasure to read through. Thank you for your efforts.

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    Amanda
    November 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    The long/short of it is, humans lack the enzyme to break down cellulose which is contained in all vegetables. That means extracting the nutrients/calories out of it is practically impossible. Yes it can be broken down into glucose, but as far as getting all the micro-nutrients, sorry vegans, it ain’t happening.

    We were not designed to eat vegetables no matter how you look at it. Animals on the other hand were, and we in turn extract those nutrients from them when they eat a plant based diet (grass fed). That also means we were meant to eat animals of a grass fed origin., not the slaughterhouse ones we are exposed to.

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    Jean Lorenz
    February 22, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I have read many article written by ignorant, uninformed, propagandists about this issue of humans carnivorous lifestyles being outside what nature intended for us. One of the biggest misconceptions that they try to lead people astray with is “the digestive tracks of herbivores is 10 to 12 times the length of their bodies, and 3 to 6 times for carnivores. Humans digestive track is 10 to 12 times the length of the average human body. FACT! We are herbivores!” Ok people, simple math review for everyone. From mouth to anus, the human digestive track is 30 feet. the average human is 5.5 feet tall. 30/5.5=5.45….. Right in the pocket of carnivore…. Hmmmm. That is just simple math. But if you want more “facts” of humans and their place in the food chain, here it is. when prey, I mean herbivores, are born, they are born to walking and able to run for their lives. Carnivores, when born, are in need of care and protection by their fierce parents and community. Last I checked, Human babies were born pretty helpless. I never have seen a baby off and running right out of the womb. I am not on either side, but please don’t be mislead by writers of misleading and down-right wrong information!!!

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    Lowcarb4ever
    April 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Loved this article and it did have very good points. But there was a major flaw about why we are diseased. That has very little to do with eating meat and very much to do with chemicals, sugar, flour,smoking , drinking and lets not forget genetics. But surely we all should be eating more vegetables, fruits,seeds,beans and grains regardless if you eat meat or not.

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    Ken
    June 23, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    i disagree, humans were designed to eat meat, fish, fruits, plants, etc., we need it all. The problem with meat these days are all the chemicals they pump into the animals and feed. That’s what’s making people sick. Anybody can spew out facts and theories to support any view they have, doesn’t mean they’re right.

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