Raw Foods & Nutrition: Raw Vegan Diet v. Cooked Meat Diet
Over the years, I have come to the realization that humans are more than likely designed (physically) to be herbivores (vegetarians). Now, I grew up in Germany and Louisiana where meat is heavily utilized in the cooking culture, and it took some convincing on my part through personal research. So I started to investigate this path on my own because it is certainly not taught in our schools. In fact, the standard school diet reflects the "standard American diet" in terms of meat being in the "four food groups." Everyone remembers the pyramid of the four food groups from school, right? Well, I began studying carnivores (animals) and herbivores (gorillas, chimpanzees, antelopes, etc.). Here is some, not all, of the evidence to support our (human) design to be herbivores:
1. Carnivores usually have missile shape body types; Herbivores do not;
2. Carnivores are in a permanent crouched position and walk on their toes; Herbivores do not;
3. Carnivores have huge teeth, and chopping motions in their muscular structure in their jaws; Herbivores do not and have a sliding, and grinding motion in their jaws;
4. Carnivores usually hunt in the night (nocturnal); Herbivores do not, as they usually forage food in daylight hours;
5. The gestation period of Carnivores are usually 3-4 months and give birth in liters since they exist in an attack or be eaten world, and Herbivores have longer gestation periods (humans have a 9 month gestation period, and do not give birth to liters - at the most twins if at all);
6. Herbivores are designed for foraging food (walking and looking), and Carnivores are designed for attacking prey;
7. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of Carnivores are much shorter than Herbivores. For example, a lion's GI tract is about 5 feet long, and a human GI tract is 25 fee long. Thus, it takes meat, that has no fiber, a longer route to go through the GI tract in a human and usually putrefies by the end of digestion as compared to a shorter GI tract route;
8. Carnivores usually have 20 times more stomach acid to break down the tissue of other animals' flesh as compared to humans;
9. Carnivores have great eyesight at night, whereas Herbivores (humans) have terrible night eyesight;
10. Carnivores make excellent runners whereas Herbivores (humans) are terrible runners (but we make excellent walkers = foragers).
The above list is by no means exhaustive, and there is certainly more evidence and other factors to examine if you are still on the fence in terms of whether or not humans are designed to be herbivores or carnivores. The video above has Ms. Charlotte Gerson, daughter of famed German scientist, Dr. Max Gerson (the Gerson Institute), giving her opinion on the matter. I encourage you to research this question on your own and increase the use of fresh raw fruits and vegetables in your diet if you have not already done so. Experience is also a great teacher and it may make a believer out of you in good time when it comes to meat ingestion. If you have any questions, feel free to pick up the telephone and call me directly at (619) 813-7955.