Why Embrace Vegetarianism

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Comparative Anatomy of eating

Is our body designed to consume meat?

Comparison

Carnivore

Herbivore

Human

Facial Muscles

Reduced to allow wide mouth gap

Well-developed

Well-developed

Jaw Motion

Minimal side-to-side motion

Good side-to-side motion

Good side-to-side motion

Teeth: Incisors

Short and pointed

Broad, flattened and spade shaped

Broad, flattened and spade shaped

Teeth: Canines

Long, sharp and curved to tear flesh

Dull and short sometimes long for defence or none

Short and blunt

Teeth: Molars

Sharp

Flattened

Flattened

Chewing

Swallows food as a whole

Extensive chewing

Extensive chewing

Saliva

Acidic saliva: Carbohydrate-digesting enzymes absent

Alkaline saliva: Carbohydrate-digesting enzymes present

Alkaline saliva: 

Carbohydrate-digesting enzymes present

Stomach Acidity with food in it

< pH 1 to digest tough animal muscle, bone, etc.

pH 4 to 5

pH 4 to 5

Length of Small Intestine

3 to 6 times body length

> 10 times body length

10 to 11 times body length

Colon

Simple, short and smooth

Long, complex

Long, complex

Perspiration

No skin pores, perspires through tongue to cool body

Perspires through millions of skin pores

Perspires through millions of skin pores

Nails

Sharp claws

Flattened nails or blunt hooves

Flattened nails

    

Nutrition

Let us look at the nutritional value of vegetarian diet. Most common myth-if I don’t eat meat, I will suffer from lack of protein. Most proponents argue that vegetarian diet does not provide proper protein. It’s ironic that, those who eat meat get the worst quality of protein available. Meat protein contains too much of uric acid to be broken down by liver and can lead to serious health problems later in life. Vegetables and dairy products both provide an excellent source of protein and in much higher quantity than that found in meat. The most powerful animals on the planet-the elephant, the rhino and the gorilla all survive on fruits and vegetables. Researchers at Max Planck Institute, Germany have shown that, most fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains are excellent sources of complete protein. Meat is particularly hard to digest and greatly depletes our energy reserves in the digestive process. Fruits are easily digested, leaving the energy available for more productive pursuits. 

Health reasons

The number one killer is heart disease responsible for approximately 50% of all deaths. In 1961, the Journal of American Medical Association had said, ’90-97% of the heart diseases can be prevented by vegetarian diet.’ Cooked meat and fish contains carcinogens, which attack the cells DNA, alter it and develop cancer, the number two killer. Meat contains 14 times more chemicals and pesticides than plant food. Foods such as milk products, grains, fruits and vegetables increases the duration of life and gives strength. Meat and fish are described as ‘putrid, decomposed and unclean.’

World hunger

20 million people die annually as a result of malnutrition. UN Secretary General recently admitted that, ‘meat consumption in rich countries is the key cause for hunger around the world.’ 100 million people could be adequately fed, if Americans reduced their intake of meat by a mere 10%. The average American consumes in a 72-year lifetime approximately 11 cattle, 3 lambs and sheep, 23 pigs, 45 turkeys, 1100 chickens and 862 pounds of fish. According to the Population Reference Bureau, ‘if everyone adopted a vegetarian diet, current food production would theoretically feed 10 billion people, more than the projected population for the year 2050.’ 

Cruelty

Modern slaughterhouse worse than a hell! Hens are so tightly packed in the battery cages, that they cannot move an inch during their encasement. Hens are forced to lay up to 200-220 eggs every year, leading to weakened bones, feather loss. In the U.S. alone 6,60,000 animals are killed for meat every hour. It’s a fact that meat eating reduces respect for all kinds of life including that of humans.

Famous vegetarians

Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Mahatma Gandhi, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras, Leonardo Da Vinci, Larry Bird (all time great basketball player), Greg Chappell (former Australian cricketer), Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses (400m hurdles-world record holder), Billy Jean King (tennis champion of 70s), Martina Navratilova (tennis champion) and many more.

DISCLAIMER : This blog was written by the interns namely, Smrithi Keerthana, Shruthi Palasala, Sathvik Kalavacharla, Disha Atukuri and Nitya Gupta at Open Face Media Pvt Ltd for the internship program 2020. All content provided in this blog is for general informational purpose only. It is not intended for sales of any sort or commercial purpose. Neither the company nor the interns are responsible for any plagiarism and copyright infringement that may have occurred in this blog.

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