A natural diet of fruits, whole grains, vegetables, nuts and seeds is a step in the right direction to better health. There is scientific proof positive of the superiority of a vegetarian diet. More people than ever before are becoming vegetarians. Being a vegetarian offers the benefits not only of better health, but the means of
natural weight control.
According to Health for Today, humans are not biochemically suited to eat meat. Our flat teeth are not sharp enough to tear through hide or bone. Our digestive system resembles that of the classic herbivore. Carnivores are constructed to quickly get rid of the meat they eat before it petrifies, and to eliminate cholesterol. Humans aren’t made that way. Our digestion begins in the mouth as the salivary glands give off an enzyme designed to break down complex plants. Carnivores don’t have these enzymes. They secrete a substance that breaks down the uric acid in meat.
English: The gastrointestinal tract, also called the digestive tract, alimentary canal, or gut, is the system of organs within multicellular animals that takes in food, digests it to extract energy and nutrients, and expels the remaining waste. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although designed to eat vegetables, man has changed his dietary habits to accept the food of the carnivore, and has increased risks of developing disorders and diseases. The leading cause of death in America is heart disease, and is 4 more times to occur in meat eaters than in vegetarians. The intake of meat places undue stress on the liver and kidneys, two of our most important organs for detoxification. Consuming meat doubles our chance of colon and rectal cancer. It may deplete calcium supply, leading to osteoporosis, and the uric acid can settle in the joints causing painful arthritis.
Besides that, unnatural substances in meat and poultry included hormones, antibiotics, tranquilizers, additives, preservatives and pesticides. All this makes us susceptible to all sorts of abnormalities. The rising cost of groceries and of meat especially, has forced many people to go vegetarian. Pound for pound vegetables are less costly than meat. They supply needed fiber and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. The cost of protein is a fifth as much from plant sources as from meat.
Huge agriculture companies have dominated the food industry, created unemployment and forced small farmers out of business. Many people choose to not to support these companies by not buying meat. The switch to low or no-meat diet can benefit families without disrupting the overall economic structure by supporting small farmers, rather than the giant agribusiness conglomerates.