Natural, Healthy Eating

@Suebee (2013)
Canada
June 22, 2012 1:14pm CST
Do you think that humans were meant to be vegetarians? I was thinking about this the other day when my sister mentioned a "raw food" diet. She said just eat anything that doesn't have to be cooked before you eat it. So, I was wondering, was this the way humans were originally meant to be? Eating and surviving on what is naturally given to us on the land? Fruits, vegetables, nuts etc? Other animals don't cook or prepare their food. Do you think if we were meant to eat meat we would eat it raw like other animals do?
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@owlwings (38412)
• Cambridge, England
22 Jun 12
Our dentition suggests that humans evolved as omnivores, eating a large amount of plant food but also the occasional animal when available. We have eye teeth (canines) and incisors (suitable for cutting into flesh) as well as the molars which are more suited for grinding the food small. Our cousins, the great apes, also have a similar dentition and, although their diet is mainly vegetarian, they also eat meat occasionally. The fact that man evolved as a hunter shows that we are definitely meat eaters. There is nothing except hygiene, the tenderising action and long habit which says that we must cook meat before eating it. In fact, there are several dishes where raw meat is commonly eaten - think of oysters, steak tartare ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steak_tartare ) and sushi.
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@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
23 Jun 12
Good point about eating some meats raw. That makes total sense, although I prefer my meat and fish cooked.
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• United States
24 Jun 12
I was going to make the same point about the teeth, Owl. In fact, I was actually discussing this with someone not that long ago, because our teeth are obviously not made for us to be carnivores but neither are they made exactly as herbivores. There is actually a fish, which is a cousin of the piranha, that has a similar dentition as ours, although they do not have the canines that we do, and this fish is primarily a herbivore but can easily adapt and become an omnivore if the conditions are right.
@owlwings (38412)
• Cambridge, England
24 Jun 12
Pandas (the Giant Panda) has a carnivore's dentition - and, I believe, a carnivore's stomach - but they are totally vegetarian!
22 Jun 12
No offense meant to all vegetarians out there, but based on our anatomy we need high protein in order to be healthy and can function well in our routines. Lack of protein in our body makes us weak and some other factors that can cause for a real serious health problems. Ever seen House MD tv series? Dr. House there called vegetarians as fools!
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
22 Jun 12
well he was a little over the top but i agree with you. i think we need meat protein in our diets. trouble is, we seem over do all food groups where as we should be eating just a small portion of everything.
• United States
23 Jun 12
I don't think a character on a TV show is the best place to get information about nutrition.
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@lampar (7597)
• United States
23 Jun 12
Not all human were created meant to be vegetarians, it all depend on your place of birth, availability of food sources, level of physical requirement on nutrients, your belief system and personal choice. Just like the animals kingdom, some of them are carnivores, while other are herbivores and in between. If you can not eat meat due to various reasons, then you shouldn't try to force yourself to become a non vegetarian at all, it is perfectly alright to be a vegetarian for any person, it will cause no harm to your health.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
23 Jun 12
I myself am not a vegetarian. I was just thinking about it after my sister mentioned the raw food diet. I'm wondering if humans, in their natural state long ago, were meant to be herbivores, or did humans, long ago, eat raw meat?
@lampar (7597)
• United States
23 Jun 12
No, as the first batch of human being know how to set up a fire long time ago, they don't have to eat raw meat like some carnivore in animal kingdom. If you refer to the first man and woman in the garden of Eden, then i will say human in their natural state long long time ago are meant to be vegetarians. But then as time gone by, generation of their decendant born into different places and scatter around the corners of earth, the habit changed in order to adapt to the new environment and food source. Some became carnivores when plant and tree are scarce, even in possess of vast land due to inutile except the availability of animals.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
26 Jun 12
I agree. Maybe many, many years ago humans were meant to be vegetarians but we have evolved into meat eaters now.
@kkaria309 (297)
• United States
22 Jun 12
There is a cycle to life, like small animal eats tiny insects, big animal eats small animals and bigger animals eat big animals. But I am a vegetarian myself. I do not think I should kill other living things and eat them. That is in our culture. But do you realize if everyone in the world became a vegetarian then there would not be enough vegetables to feed them all and we would all starve? And another thing would be that there would be an over-population of animals that are currently being consumed by humans. And those animals eat vegetarian diets too, like cows have to eat grass, chicken eat grains, etc. So in a way, the cycle is balanced right now. Eating things raw puts great limitations in our diet, just fruits and vegetables, but that is the healthiest diet a human can have. But I do not think humans were all meant to be vegetarians.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
23 Jun 12
Do you really think it is the healthiest diet a human can have? I'm just wondering. I'm not a vegetarian myself, just curious. Maybe many, many years ago humans did eat raw meat? I'm talking before the discovery of fire.
• United States
23 Jun 12
Yes, I think it is perfectly believable that before we discovered fire, we ate everything raw. But maybe at that point in evolution, our body was designed to process raw foods. Now, I think it would be indigestible in a way. The quality of the meat has also changed from that time to now.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
26 Jun 12
It's true. A lot has changed over millions of years. So perhaps we ARE meant to eat meat at this stage of evolution.
@inertia4 (26989)
• United States
29 Jun 12
You know, I often think that same thing myself. I actually think e were meant to be vegetarians. After all, they say eating meat is bad for us anyway. I think vegetables are awesome. Now I am not saying I like every single one of them but I do like a lot of them.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
29 Jun 12
Well, I am starting to think that humans may have started out as vegetarians but as we evolved things have changed. I think that now we require a balanced diet. Everything in moderation.
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@inertia4 (26989)
• United States
8 Jul 12
You're right, everything in moderation. Like they say, too much of anything is no good for you. Thats where self control comes into play with people. I know I have to control my diet better and I am going to do that.
• United States
23 Jun 12
I'm a vegetarian personally, and I do believe that the healthiest diet is one that ingests lots of "raw" foods. I believe the traditional Japanese diet is a pretty good example of this, lots of foods in this diet are eaten raw, though there is some meat and fish included. I don't think everyone is meant to be a vegetarian, and I don't necessarily think cooking food is bad. Cooking is good in lots of ways because it kills bacteria and other nasty things that live in our food before we eat it, but it also kills a portion of the nutritional value.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
26 Jun 12
I agree ally. I think that today, at this stage of evolution, it has become a personal choice. Maybe many, many years ago not so but now, yes.
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• United States
26 Jun 12
Well, when we were hunters and gatherers we kind of had to take what we could get. We didn't have the wealth of resources and knowledge about food that we have now. Now that we know more about nutrition, we can choose to consume the best foods for our health instead of chowing down on food randomly. That's part of the reason I became a vegetarian, because I wanted to be healthier. The other part being that I never liked the taste of meat. We can consume all the minerals and vitamins we need without eating meat, in fact the vegetarian diet is recognized by the American Dietetric Association as nutritionally adequate and very beneficial to one's health. It's a personal choice though, I think there are lots of good diets out there and one just needs to find the right fit.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
24 Jun 12
I could not do that! I know before the invention of fire humans ate raw meat! I wouldn't want to do that because the worry of making myself sick! If we all became vegatarians we would be over run by animals we eat and hunt for! I know I am a little bit off the subject but that is the way I think about about this suject! Not everyone is meant to be a vegatarian!
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
26 Jun 12
I think that now, at this stage of the evolution of humans it is a personal choice. Personally I think balance of both meat and plants is best.
@winterose (39929)
• Canada
24 Jun 12
men having been cooking meat since they discovered fire as cavemen. We were meant to eat of the land, animals are of the land as well. I think we learned to eat meat cooked with the coming of fire but had fire never been invented we would be eating raw meat like the animals.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
26 Jun 12
It's true, animals are of the land as well. Good point. Man has evolved into a meat eater as well as plant eater.
@GemmaR (8527)
23 Jun 12
No, I don't think that humans were supposed to be a vegetarian, and you can't get all of the vitamins and minerals from the things that you eat unless you eat meat. I know that you can buy supplements and things like that, but they're not natural, so that wasn't what humans were built to eat. I know a lot of people think that it is cruel to eat meat, but we have been like this for millions of years, so that is just what our bodies need to be able to survive. Maybe things will change in the future, but I can't see that this is going to be the case in the immediate future.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
23 Jun 12
But was it the case in the past? Like, before the discovery of fire to cook our meat with?
• United States
22 Jun 12
Hi Suebee, SOME people would be healthy if they were vegetarians. Different diets work well for different people. Blood type O individuals thrive on animal protein because their ancestors are native americans and that's what they ate. A blood type A person might do very well on a vegetarian food program. Blood types B and AB need a balance of both. I was on a raw food diet for 6 weeks. This was before I learned about blood types. I lost 13 lbs. without a lot of excercise during that 6 weeks. I believe most of my weight loss was water because a raw food diet is low sodium. The enzymes in the raw food were good but I was constantly tired. I now see a raw food diet as a temporary idea.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
23 Jun 12
I wasn't aware of the different blood types for different diets concept. Interesting. I see all diets as temporary. I was just curious though, as when my sister mentioned it my mind started to wander...
• India
22 Jun 12
I prefer to have vegetarian food when I am in my home. I could say that vegetarian food is slightly a step ahead that non vegetarian. Moreover, each type of food have its own advantages and disadvantages. When I am standing at the hostel or any other, along with veg I also prefer non vegetarian. For a better health both of these is essential
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
23 Jun 12
I agree that a balanced diet is best for sure.