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From 12 December 2006 Issue
Facts to support the statement - The human body is designed for vegetarianism
Some animals have bodies that are specifically designed for meat-eating. Evidence indicates that humans are not one of those animals. One theory suggests that we are originally herbivores (vegetarians), but were forced to start eating meat when the ice age made plant food scarce.
Today, our reasons for eating meat are primarily psychological. First, meat-eating is simply a habit; it is readily accessible, familiar, and socially acceptable. We consume meat without thinking.
Second, is historically associated with affluence; it is more expensive than plant food and was once reserved for nobility. This mindset persists, not only in this country buy across the world.
Finally, we are constantly bombarded with propaganda from the meat industry (with a multimillion dollar advertising budget) that implores us to believe that meat-eating is "good," "smart," and 'healthy."
How about the beef industry's slogan "Beef, Real Food For Real People." Are they implying that I'm less a person if I don't eat beef? It sure sounds like it. This type of programming works exceedingly well.
Many who have studied the subject conclude that humans are plant eaters by both physical and chemical design. Here are some reasons why:
CLAWS: The sharp claws of flesh-eater help them tear flesh. Humans do not have claws.
TEETH: Our teeth are designed for grinding food, not tearing flesh. Flesh-eaters have long, pointed teeth. Adult humans have 20 premolars and molars, ideal for grinding grains, verses only four canines, which are pointed. We can only chew flesh that has been ground up or cooked. One theory suggests that pointed canines of vegetarians are not for food consumption at all, but rather solely for a show of defense.
CHEWING: Flesh-eaters chew in an up and down motion, swallowing large chunks of food. Humans and other herbivores chew in a slightly circular motion, which grind the food.
SALIVA: Flesh-eaters have acidic saliva, while humans have alkaline saliva. Unlike flesh-eaters, humans saliva contains digestive enzymes that start digesting gains while they're still in the mouth.
STOMACH: the stomachs of flesh-eaters contain 10 times the amount of hydrochloric acid as the stomachs of humans and other natural herbivores.
INTESTINES: Unlike humans, flesh-eaters have intestines that are straight and short, allowing flesh to pass through without putrefying. Humans have long, convoluted intestines, designed to digest foods through a process of fermentation. Flesh introduced into human intestines putrefies, releasing toxins, before it passes all the way through.
METABOLISM: Flesh-eaters are designed to eat high-cholesterol, high fat, low fiber diets without harm. This type of diet is harmful to humans.
Many other differences between humans and natural carnivores also exist. Two of them are the ways in which we ingest water and the ways in which we cool ourselves. Flesh-eaters drink through lapping and cooling themselves through panting. Vegetarians (including humans) drink through sucking and sweat to lower their body temperatures.
After studying data on diet and its effects from 6,500 Chinese subjects, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Concluded: "We're basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a wide variety of plant foods and minimizing our intake of animals.
12 December 2006 Issue
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