On Eating Meat
On Eating Meat
By Reza Ganjavi
Also see my article about why I don’t eat meat: https://www.rezamusic.com/health/vegetarian#h.jwl1va2p4aq2
Also see my article: Eating tips for vegetarians: https://www.rezamusic.com/health/vegetarian#h.efbsokl5a8ki
I wrote the following comment about a video a friend posted about the Canadian Veal Industry: They don't let the poor creatures move so that human who like to enjoy their veal can have it tender. If the poor creature moves it builds muscle and deprives the humans from their tender veal. If only those humans knew what is going on behind the scenes... And I'm sure none of the people I know who eat meat have the heart to murder one of those animals with their own hands because it's cruel, ugly, brutal, and inhumane. It's absolutely not necessary.
I haven't eaten meat for decades. I'm not a vegan -- still eat organic probiotic yogurt sometimes preferably from goat or sheep -- and I like eggs though I try not to eat them much and I feel better when I don't eat them. Cheese, I minimize but love and only eat organic cheese made from raw milk, preferably goat or sheep, and without animal rennet (microbial or vegetarian enzyme is not from animal stomach lining).
But there's no need to eat meat. After I quit for a month, years ago, couldn't handle the irony taste of blood anymore. And I feel so much better.
One of the key things meat eaters don't realize is that their bodies is always in a state of mild fear but they get used to it so it's not noticeable -- that's the fear that comes through the meat because when the animal is killed it's afraid. And, all the talk about compassionate killing is utter nonsense. Come here sweetie, and zap. There's no such thing as compassionate killing.
Killing is killing but it has different degrees. Killing a carrot is a lower form of killing than killing a cow. I have the heart to kill a carrot but I don't have the heart to kill an ant let along alone a cow.
There are many reasons not to eat met. I discussed it more here: https://www.rezamusic.com/health/vegetarian
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This article is copyright © 2006 by Steve Pavlina
Are human beings anatomically more similar to natural carnivores or to natural herbivores? Let’s find out….
Intestinal tract length. Carnivorous animals have intestinal tracts that are 3-6x their body length, while herbivores have intestinal tracts 10-12x their body length. Human beings have the same intestinal tract ratio as herbivores.
Stomach acidity. Carnivores’ stomachs are 20x more acidic than the stomachs of herbivores. Human stomach acidity matches that of herbivores.
Saliva. The saliva of carnivores is acidic. The saliva of herbivores is alkaline, which helps pre-digest plant foods. Human saliva is alkaline.
Shape of intestines. Carnivore bowels are smooth, shaped like a pipe, so meat passes through quickly — they don’t have bumps or pockets. Herbivore bowels are bumpy and pouch-like with lots of pockets, like a windy mountain road, so plant foods pass through slowly for optimal nutrient absorption. Human bowels have the same characteristics as those of herbivores.
Fiber. Carnivores don’t require fiber to help move food through their short and smooth digestive tracts. Herbivores require dietary fiber to move food through their long and bumpy digestive tracts, to prevent the bowels from becoming clogged with rotting food. Humans have the same requirement as herbivores.
Cholesterol. Cholesterol is not a problem for a carnivore’s digestive system. A carnivore such as a cat can handle a high-cholesterol diet without negative health consequences. A human cannot. Humans have zero dietary need for cholesterol because our bodies manufacture all we need. Cholesterol is only found in animal foods, never in plant foods. A plant-based diet is by definition cholesterol-free.
Claws and teeth. Carnivores have claws, sharp front teeth capable of subduing prey, and no flat molars for chewing. Herbivores have no claws or sharp front teeth capable of subduing prey, but they have flat molars for chewing. Humans have the same characteristics as herbivores.
But aren’t humans anatomically suited to be omnivores?
Nope. We don’t anatomically match up with omnivorous animals anymore than we do with carnivorous ones. Omnivores are more similar to carnivores than they are to herbivores. For a more detailed summary table that compares the properties of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores side by side, see this page:
Comparative Anatomy & Taxonomy
The link above also debunks the opportunistic feeder theory, which states that because humans can eat like omnivores, that we must therefore be omnivores. And this is of course false because mere behavior doesn’t indicate suitability. There are plenty of things we can do as a species that would threaten our survival if we all considered them suitable default behavior, such as shooting each other, lobbing hand grenades, or sending spam.