A post to show your meat-eating friends and family you care about most.
If I had a dollar for everytime someone told me “humans are designed to eat meat” or loved ones expressing legitimate concern about my dietary choices they consider to be unhealthy because they don’t contain animal products, I probably would have moved into a house on the French coast already. As we all know, veganism is not a very popular topic among meat-eaters. The meat industry feeds people with “facts” on why we supposedly need animal products to live a healthy life and keep them cleaning the shelves, so they keep paying into their bank accounts. The truth is: all vegans get in confrontations with people who love to eat meat and most of the time, both sides remain feeling very offended. But today, I’m not here to accuse anyone or guilt-trip you into veganism. I want to present anatomical & physiological facts to prove that humans are supposed to eat a plant-based diet.
If a vegan family member, loved one or friend send you this article, it is because they care about you and want you to understand that veganism is more than just another trendy diet some hippie magazine came up with.
Before I start, here are some definitions:
Carnivores: Meat-eaters, generally requiring live food
Omnivores: Meat and plant eaters
Herbivores: (exclusively or mainly) Plant eaters
“When you see dead animals on the side of the road, are you tempted to stop and snack on them? Does the sight of a dead bird make you salivate? Do you daydream about killing cows with your bare hands and eating them raw? If you answered no to these questions, congratulations—like it or not, you’re a herbivore” – www.peta.org
The jaw and oral cavity
The human jaw can move from side to side as well as up and down while chewing. This is called mastication and is common in herbivores only, as the grinding motions are needed to crush plant foods and disrupt plant cell walls. No other animal that includes meat in their diet can do this, they have shear jaws, where their molars are out of line so that they can chop bone. If humans tried to prey on an animal, their jaws could be easily dislocated, and they would have a hard time eating with their flattened teeth. This is probably why you can’t remember the last time you saw a pals mouth water when a squirrel ran across the street, chasing it down, killing it with their mouth and eating the whole body raw, as carnivores and omnivores would do, then going on with their day.
Omnivores and carnivores have a huge opening of the oral cavity compared to their head size and a big throat to go with it, so they don’t choke on the meat, unlike humans who are really proud when able to fit their fist in their mouth. A study on deaths associated with choking found out that the most common foods the victims choked on were meat products.. ouch.
Our tongues are very different as well. Human (and all herbivore) tongues are soft while meat-eaters tongues are rough. We also do not have any protein receptors or fat receptors on it, which is why meat is tasteless to us. Excuse me? What about sausages and hot dogs you may think: What we taste when eating a steak, is added salt and seasoning (plants). When chewing our food, just like all herbivores, we mix it with saliva. Carnivores swallow without chewing or mixing their food with saliva because it does not contain any enzymes for digestion, unlike ours: the herbivores digestion starts in the chewing process.
The digestive system
Our digestive system resembles those of chimpanzees (I mean, it makes a lot of sense) who eat mostly plants and only 2% insects. Our stomach volume ( just like all herbivores) takes up about 25% of our gastrointestinal tract volume unlike those of meat-eaters, who have a vast stomach volume with twice as much capacity ( about 60-70% of their total gastrointestinal tract volume). This allows them to kill an animal only once a week, eat the whole meat and digest later. Our stomach is also less acidic than those of omnivores, (they secrete a lot more hydrochloric acid) since it is not supposed to kill bacteria in decaying flesh. The most dramatic difference between carnivores and herbivores is probably the lengths of the intestines compared to the body: Humans and herbivores have long and small intestines, about 12x the length of our body, which is necessary to digest fibers in plants. The intestines of carnivores and omnivores are only 4x their body length.
Let me explain: Carnivores and Omnivores eat meat. Their intestines are really short to make sure the meat does not rot in their bodies. If a human/ herbivore eats meat, dairy or eggs, it forces our body to deal with the cholesterol that carnivores and omnivores would be able to get out of their system very quickly. Do you get my point? Our intestines are not at all designed to eat animal products. If you feed other herbivores meat, they will get clogged arteries because of this. Atherosclerosis affects only herbivores. Dogs, cats, tigers and lions can be saturated with fat and cholesterol, and atherosclerotic plaques do not develop. This means that all animals that are designed to eat other animals can eat as much meat as they desire without getting sick or develop atherosclerosis. We are clearly not one of them. Cholesterol is only present in our diet in animal products, but our body doesn’t need any of it, since it already synthesizes all the cholesterol we need.
Now, do you think it is a coincidence that our two most common causes of death are heart attacks and strokes (caused by clogged arteries from animal products)? No, it makes a lot of sense once you know that we are not designed to eat meat.
Eating meat is normal in our culture, and so is disease. Most humans have been behaving like omnivores when in fact, that’s not what we are at all. “But humans have always eaten meat” Well, humans ate meat as a dense source of calories in the past since they did not have the ability to trade and ship food around the world. This does not mean any of it was good for them or that we’re omnivores. It means they had to in some locations and climates where they would have starved otherwise.
If you put a bunny and a banana in front of a baby, which one will it eat and which one will it cuddle?
Most of my friends love my puppy. Many meat eaters have some sort of pet and yet they don’t see that what is on their plate is just as much of a living being as what sleeps on their lap. If you could not kill an animal yourself, why would you eat it?
Going to the grocery store and buying meat, seasoning and cooking it to make it enjoyable, does not make us omnivores. We did not look at a cow and feel the urge to kill it and eat it bloody and raw. Someone else killed it for us. No matter what the media tells you, it is a fact that animal products cause disease. Doctors could simply tell us to go vegan, so that heart diseases, strokes, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and obesity could be prevented, but imagine the damage it would do to the pharma industry! Many many people profit from your diseases, make money
Egg corporations are not even allowed to say that “Eggs are an important part of a well-balanced, healthy diet” since it would be considered misleading. According to the USDA’s National Egg Supervisor, eggs contain significant amounts of cholesterol and fat and therefore contribute to the leading killer in the United States, heart disease.
If you are still reading, make sure to share this article. According to Peta, a vegan saves almost 200 animals a year. If you get a single person to read this and maybe spark interest in a vegan diet, 8.000 more animals could be saved in 40 years!
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