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  • Humans were meant to be omnivores.

    Our body structure is set up to consume meat and plants. We have molars to chew meat, incisers to tear the meat apart, and a brain that sends signals to our body. From the time of the caveman, we have been consuming both meat and plants. So yes, we were meant to be omnivores.

  • Our brains do not tell us otherwise.

    The human brain has ways of telling the body what it wants or what it should not have through the senses. If humans were not meant to be omnivores, then the sight of meat would repulse us like the sight of mold on bread. Meat would smell like rotten apples, a scent that tells the body to not ingest that food. Our viewpoints and morality do play a part in what appeals to us, but on the most basic level, our bodies do not reject meat.

  • "Meant" has the presupposition that we were "intended" to be a certain way.

    We evolved to be omnivores. We can digest both plant matter and animal tissue. We aren't "meant" to be something, we are something.

    Obviously my problem is with the phrasing of the question. Implying intentionality to something that just happens to be the way things are is... Odd.

    I suppose the better question would be "Should humans be omnivorous? Based on health, not ethics". Maybe not, I don't know.

  • The absence of cellulase.

    The lack of cellulase, a vital component of digesting cellolulose, or plant fibre tells us that humans are clearly not evolved to eat a solely plant based diet. Futhermore, our protein needs are far too high for a early huaman to simply spend the day snacking on nuts and seeds. (0.5-0.7 grams per pound of bodyweight)

  • Sure, but to an extent

    I think humans should only eat things that don't require tools to catch or kill. Though it might be hard to believe humans are not at the top of the food chain and I believe that we should only eat what we can catch and kill in our own hands.

  • Humans need meat to survive

    Avoiding meat has no proven benefits, there is no actual evidence that can be given that shows that unprocessed, properly cooked meat is unhealthy. Fortunately, there is a lot of evidence given that it is healthy! A 100 gram portion of raw ground beef contains large amounts of Vitamin B12, B3 (Niacin), B6, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and plenty of other vitamins and minerals that we need. In the past few decades, meat has been blamed for all sorts of Western diseases. Those are really just myths. We’ve been eating meat for a long time and blaming new health problems on old foods doesn’t make much sense.

  • Vegetables do not have the vitamins, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and minerals that our body needs

    A 100 gram portion of raw ground beef contains large amounts of Vitamin B12, B3 (Niacin), B6, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and plenty of other vitamins and minerals that we need.Vegetables do not have these. Therefore, it does not match up to our body's needs. All of these vitamins however can be found in a 100 gram portion of raw ground beef.

  • Humans need meat to survive

    A 100 gram portion of raw ground beef contains large amounts of Vitamin B12, B3 (Niacin), B6, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and plenty of other vitamins and minerals that we need. However, vegetables do not have all of these. They don't match up to our needs of these vitamins that are found in only a 100 gram portion of raw ground beef.

  • It has been scientifically proven that we are naturally omnivores and the history of our species supports this.

    I think some people are forgetting [*cough* vegans] what to be 'omnivore' means. It is shared characteristics from both carnivores and herbivores. Just because we have herbivore characteristics, doesn't mean obvious carnivore attributes should be dismissed. There's a mix there, it's not intended to be black or white, nothing is really distinct - hence 'omni' -vore. Our nature as early humans, should be taken into consideration, even now, we are some could say 'natural born hunters', whether we like it or not. No we don't have claws and 'huge' canines, but our brains provide the skills needed to hunt; hence the development of tools and weaponry, such as spears etc. It's instictive. As a species our brains are profoundly more advanced then any other species on the planet. Therefore it would make no sense to act like the lion [aside from a lion being soley carnivore]. We still remain top predators of the food chain, therefore with our cognitive skills - why would we need more speed, more teeth and fangs? Our minds have proven to be our main advantage, when it comes to hunting. Going forward - as a species, we have developed and modernised, our minds have grown. Therefore is that natural instinct still now there? No, because it's no longer needed and we know that; we have adjusted, we have evolved, we do what we need to survive - hence 'omnivore'. Do we need to hunt now? No. However meat still provides critical nutrients within our diet, not in large doses, but in small doses - necessary doses [that fruit and vegetables alone, cannot]. Hence why we farm and have livestock today.

    'Some' people seem to twist the truth, to further fuel their choice to turn vegan. That's a life choice and I respect everyone's choice in diet. However to deny the evidence and history that's right in front of you, is simply lying to yourself. A vegan diet, should be taken seriously and in making that lifestyle change, the right medical support/advice should be welcomed - because if not done correctly, there could be serious health implications.

    I understand why some people go vegan, but it's not about stopping eating meat altogether - it's about looking at the way we go about things today. Change. The nature of killing, is always going to be brutal however that's the circle of life. We are all part of one giant web. But to kill without purpose, is inhumane and animal cruelty, is unacceptable. We as a developed race, all need a little more respect for the other creatures home to this planet. In our cognitive growth, we have become ignorant and too cocky for our own good. Does something need to change in the way we now produce and manufacture meat? Yes. Does the way we treat/farm our livestock need to change? [not all, but a percentage] Yes. Does animal cruelty need to stop, in this case particularly in terms of farming? Yes, without question.

  • We ARE meant to be omnivores

    We have grinding teeth for eating plants and tearing teeth to eat animals and we also can digest both plant matter and animal tissue as said in this article.




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  • What's your mankind?

    The god has given life to live to everyone. No one should be forced to do a particular thing. The animals, like cows, chickens, goats, etc. are also given the life to live. We are not Gods that we can take their life. And I think that if we kill any animal then we should make two more species of that breed. Hydrochloric acid is only present in the bodies of the beings which are meant to eat meat and humans don't have it in them. Also many of us try to follow God but God said that we shouldn't eat meat. So, I would say that WE WEREN'T MEANT TO BE OMNIVOURUS.

  • It is our TRUE nature, it's time to stop lying to yourself

    Proponents assert that human beings are not instinctively attracted to eating live or dead meat in nature. For example, the carcass of a cow lying in a forest would attract a real carnivore like a wolf or leopard, but would disgust most human beings. The metaphor by Douglas Dunn is that if one gives a young child an apple and a live chicken, the child would instinctively play with the chicken and eat the apple, whereas if a cat was presented with the same choices, its natural impulse would be the opposite

  • Human biology does not allow for the consumption of meat.

    Our canine teeth are our way of chewing hard fruits like apples. If you look through the biology of other herbivore animals you see many have canines including red pandas and many primates. Canine teeth are not exclusive to the carnivore-omnivore groups. Carnivores and most omnivores are designed to catch pray, they are fast. Humans also do terrible in this test. The human digestive track again matches up with that of a herbivore (correct length). Humans die prematurely from diseases many of which have been linked to animal protein meat in particular. These diseases include; obesity, non-genetic diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (hart attacks). The only illness I can think of that comes from plant life is E.Coli, and food poisoning. Both of which have a source other than the fruit or vegetable youre eating. Real carnivores/omnivores do not have any fear eating non-cooked meat, one could argue they like it best that way, however humans need to cook their meat before digestion because they do not have the right digestive system to deal with raw meat. While humans do enjoy non-cooked meat the fast majority of it must be cooked. Finally humans have NO omnivorous instincts, many tests have concluded exactly this. Try it yourself. Put a baby in a cradle with an apple and a rabbit, see which one it tries to eat and which one it plays with. You would do this with a baby and not an adult human because the baby acts almost entirely off of human instincts and has not been taught to eat meat. Eating meat is a learned behavior.

  • Humans don't need meat to survive

    According to the American Dietetic Association, a vegetarian diet can meet protein requirements, provide all the essential amino-acids (the building blocks of protein), and improve health. It can also provide all the necessary vitamins, fats, and minerals, and can improve one’s health and according to the USDA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, meat is not an essential part of a healthy diet

  • Our innate love of meat indicates a natural carnivorous tendency.

    Men seem to have a natural love of meat. We identify with the smell, the taste and even the texture. The sheer fact that we have a natural inclination for killing and war indicates that we are predatory creatures. It is, therefore, reasonable to believe that humans are naturally carnivorous creatures who crave meat as any carnivorous creature would.

  • That's just ridiculous

    We do not have any carnivorous instincts or traits at all. The shape and proportions of our jaw allow us to only grinding side to side when we chew our food, which is a herbivore characteristic, versus an omnivore/carnivore who cannot do that with their jaw and primarily just swallow their food without chewing. The 'canines" in our mouth are not nearly big enough to 'tear into our prey' and if we tried to do so our jaws would be dislocated. Our digestive systems our exactly like those of a herbivore, 12 times our body length, whereas carnivore/omnivore intestines are only 3 times as long as their body. Carnivores/omnivores do not have enzymes in their saliva, whereas we do. Characteristics of omnivores/carnivores or sharp claws, large sharp teeth, thick skulls, and very powerful jaws. We have none.

  • That's just ridiculous

    We do not have any carnivorous instincts or traits at all. The shape and proportions of our jaw allow us to only grinding side to side when we chew our food, which is a herbivore characteristic, versus an omnivore/carnivore who cannot do that with their jaw and primarily just swallow their food without chewing. The 'canines" in our mouth are not nearly big enough to 'tear into our prey' and if we tried to do so our jaws would be dislocated. Our digestive systems our exactly like those of a herbivore, 12 times our body length, whereas carnivore/omnivore intestines are only 3 times as long as their body. Carnivores/omnivores do not have enzymes in their saliva, whereas we do. Characteristics of omnivores/carnivores or sharp claws, large sharp teeth, thick skulls, and very powerful jaws. We have none.

  • That's just ridiculous

    We do not have any carnivorous instincts or traits at all. The shape and proportions of our jaw allow us to only grinding side to side when we chew our food, which is a herbivore characteristic, versus an omnivore/carnivore who cannot do that with their jaw and primarily just swallow their food without chewing. The 'canines" in our mouth are not nearly big enough to 'tear into our prey' and if we tried to do so our jaws would be dislocated. Our digestive systems our exactly like those of a herbivore, 12 times our body length, whereas carnivore/omnivore intestines are only 3 times as long as their body. Carnivores/omnivores do not have enzymes in their saliva, whereas we do. Characteristics of omnivores/carnivores or sharp claws, large sharp teeth, thick skulls, and very powerful jaws. We have none.

  • We have the anatomy of herbivores

    Humans have always "meant" to be herbivores, but the fact that we have adapted to eat meat, does not mean we /need/ it to survive, or that it's /essential/. Just because we've evolved to deal with the effects it had on our bodies (as well as dairy), does not mean it was "meant to be all along!".
    No way. Cavemen simply ate what they could to survive, I mean, c'mon guys, they also ate dirt.
    Humans used to be lactose intolerant, for your information, but we're not, anymore because of perseverance, and genetic mutation to deal with the devastating effects that it (still HAS) had.
    WE HAVE THE BODIES OF HERBIVORES. LOOK AT OUR TEETH, AND COMPARE THEM TO THAT OF A HERBIVORE.
    You may say "hey, check out my CANINE TEETH, designed to TEAR FLESH". Ah, yes, you mean the teeth we share with nearly EVERY MAMMEL, especially the HERBIVORES, like the HIPPO, and MONKEYS? Our molars? You mean, the ones we share with cows, and horses, who eat grass, and which are meant to GRIND FIBROUS PLANT FOOD? Our jaws move side-to-side, like HERBIVORES, no up-and-down, like CARNI/OMNIVORES, who TEAR FLESH.
    I'm sorry, but your arguments are just so easy to shut down.
    Oh, and our intestinal tracts; our intestines are LONG, not SHORT. Short intestines are PERFECT FOR MEAT-EATERS, because MEAT ROTS INSIDE YOU. YES; that's why people get bowel cancer - you have ROTTING MEAT INSIDE YOU. Nice, huh?
    If you're a 'meat eater', then why don't you eat raw meat? I don't understand why you must flavor your meat to taste good, if you're an instinctive meat eater, designed to eat the flesh of other animals? I don't get why humans, something that is evidently NOT A BABY COW, still drinks breast milk? You do realize that, hmmm, maybe something that is used to GROW A DIFFERENT SPECIES, shouldn't be put into YOUR BODY??? Cows don't even PRODUCE milk, until they're pregnant; so essentially, big-name farmers, and producers artificially inseminate cows (rape them) only to take away their babies to kill, and use the milk created for the bubba.
    Oh yes, and don't get me started on EGGS. Full of protein, and antioxidants, right? Um, no. It's not even LEGAL to say that eggs are "healthy" on TV, unless the company pays for the advertisement THEMSELVES. They are the single largest source of cholesterol in people's diets. High cholesterol = clogging your arteries = cardiovascular effects. You might as well be smoking daily, if you eat eggs frequently.
    Over-all, if you're going to eat cows, and chickens, and fish, and whatever the hell you people eat nowadays, why won't you eat your dog?

  • "Meant" has the presupposition that we were "intended" to be a certain way.

    We evolved to be omnivores. We can digest both plant matter and animal tissue. We aren't "meant" to be something, we are something.

    Obviously my problem is with the phrasing of the question. Implying intentionality to something that just happens to be the way things are is... Odd.

    I suppose the better question would be "Should humans be omnivorous? Based on health, not ethics". Maybe not, I don't know.


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