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Carnivores or Herbivores – Do Humans Need Meat?

Any vegan or vegetarian, or meat-eater seeking information can find what seems to be scientific-based and scholarly authority for either side of the argument as to whether humans are or are not natural carnivores and thus require the consumption of meat in order to attain and maintain good health. While the traditional view, espoused by generations of meat-consuming scientists, anthropologists and meat-industry purveyors, is that meat provides essentials to human health and that this is supported by the inescapable existence of numerous anatomical traits, this belief is susceptible to many valid arguments that mitigate against its validity.

Those espousing the natural carnivore argument cite both anatomical arguments and those based on evolution, as well as the chemical needs of the human body. The best evidence for a meat-based diet, they argue, includes such allegations as the presence of human teeth that include incisors and canines designed for biting and tearing and ripping flesh, and molars designed for chewing. They even argue that animals with this type of diversity in their mouths are “built” to be omnivores. They also allege that our closest relatives, along side whom we developed from common ancestors, are the chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are, of course, carnivores,

and thus, the argument goes, so must be humans. Physiologically speaking however, chimps are stronger and faster, have larger incisors, and overall are significantly better predators than are humans, but the analogy is still commonly made. And don’t forget that while your average chimp loves a good steak, their primary diet is, in truth, composed more of vegetables, Continue reading