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Is The Human Digestive System Designed For Meat?

By: Ron Lagerquist

“Antithetical to that of the cat, our digestive tract is long, the same as in those creatures who digest plant foods.”

To answer the question of how beneficial it is to eat large amounts of meat, we must look at the human body. Cats, being true carnivores, secrete ten times more hydrochloric acid than humans do. Their digestive tracts are short and smooth for the rapid expulsion of fibreless flesh. They can easily eliminate copious amounts of cholesterol and possess sharp teeth for ripping flesh, all of which humans do not have. Antithetical to that of the cat, our digestive tract is long, the same as in those creatures who digest plant foods. This is why it is important to also eat high-fiber foods like a raw salad or steamed vegetables when eating meat.

The two types of digestive juices the stomach produces to break down food are alkaloid and acidic. Carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, breads and grains use an alkaloid for digestion, but strong hydrochloric acid is needed to digest meat. To neutralize these digestive acids, the body utilizes its internal resource of calcium. Osteoporosis is the result, not of a lack of milk intake, but of a negative calcium balance caused by the body using its internal store of calcium to neutralize an acid-producing diet. We are going to deal with the milk later.

The Bantu women of Africa live on a sparse diet of vegetable sources, free of dairy foods. Their average intake of calcium is 250 to 400 mg a day. This is far lower than the 800 mg. recommended by the RDA. They give birth to as many as ten babies during their life, each child breast-fed for ten months. Although childbearing causes an intense calcium drain, osteoporosis is unknown to these people. When Bantu women migrate to the city and adopt a protein-rich diet, osteoporosis and other diseases become a threat to their health.

In 1984, the Medical Tribune reported studies by Michigan State and other universities regarding bone densities. It was the most extensive study yet undertaken. They discovered that in the United States, at age 65, male vegetarians averaged a three percent bone loss compared to male meat-eaters, who averaged a seven percent bone loss. The study among women was even more revealing. Female vegetarians averaged an 18 percent bone loss compared to female meat-eaters, who averaged a 35 percent bone loss. The conclusion was that vegetarians had significantly stronger bones. The Inuit people, who live on a very high-protein diet, have the greatest calcium intake of any population and have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis. Clearly the rampant problem with osteoporosis is a byproduct of a nation addicted to meat.

A human’s digestive system is not genetically designed for a high meat diet. This should not surprise a biblical creationist; after all, man’s intended diet was laid out in Genesis 1: 29-30 and frankly, it reads like a proverbial Vegan For Life diet plan. We have cleared the moral question of meat eating in the article: What Does The Bible Say About Eating Meat? God has made all things clean. But the words of Paul apply so well here, “Everything is permissible for me but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Cor. 6:12)

Clearly, a diet high in meat is not a good fit to the human body. Am I advocating that we all become vegan vegetarians? No. But some will make that decision, not from guilt or duty, but simply because they find that when they completely eliminate animal foods, they feel healthier and more energetic. Others will reduce their intake and only eat naturally raised meat and fish, finding perceptible health dividends.

You may be surprised to discover that I do eat animal products in moderation. I have fish a few times a week, but always with a large salad. Every so often I will have organic eggs for breakfast, and when eating out I may have some seafood; on rare occasions I may even have a steak. Animal products are a small part of my diet; my grocery cart is predominantly populated with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Related Article: Flesh Versus Plant Protein 

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bhushan
Short and to the point. There are many differences between humans and true omnivores (such as a bear or raccoon) that go beyond just stomach acid and intestinal tract length. Getting into all the differences would have lead to a much longer article though.
Dr. D
The use of the word designed in regard to the human digestive system shows how great the authors lack of understanding is, a work of a miss informed amateur
Alan Orr
Cats are carnivores yet we give them dry cat food which is grains and iscovered in oil.
KG
Very interesting,I totally agree. Cut out meat for a week and already feel more energetic.
louise b
You clearly did not do your research.
good article regarding digestiv system and meat .
Miller
Is this why my daughter and I are lactose intolerant and why if we eat beef or pork we get bloated gassy and sick to the point of having to go to hospital? We can only eat chicken or fish and no milk or dairy. doctors have not been able to explain maybe you can???
Carolyn
This article gives the basic ideal without going into much detail but it's true. I'm 100% vegan.....(meaning NO animal products) and I don't suffer from any of the so-called lack of meat disorders floating around on the internet. I actually don't suffer from anything. I don't get sick with the flu, common cold, or even allergies. My cholesterol levels are way down into double digits, my blood pressure is textbook, and my energy is that of a child. I'm not going to go into deep details but the human body CAN TOTALLY survive on plants alone and to think that meat is the only form of protein the body can use is ignorant at best. Oh did I mention that I workout and have the body of a greek god.......I don't consume animal fats so I can perfectly see all of my hard work from years of lifting weights. Eat what you want.....life is all about choices. But don't down us non-meat eaters........because frankly I'm sure in the end my lifestyle will keep me around far longer than that of any meat eater.
SSG Dukes
It's a good reason for vegetarianism.
Brando
The same outdated and misunderstood points seem to be endlessly made for humans not eating meat. Many species of primates act as omnivores and a handful are actually great hunters, as ancient humans have been. Cortex development is largely based on fatty acids found in marine animal flesh, and humans can clearly digest raw meat with no issues when it is fresh raw meat (sushi). Typical humans have no problem digesting the fattiest of fatty meats, yet over time we found it much more biologically profitable to digest sterilized, cooked meat rather than having all of the safe guards against parasites and rotting flesh. The most shocking argument to me is that vegetarian and vegan diets tend to have longer life expectancy. Life expectancy is a very obsolete measure of fitness when the previous twenty or thirty years are spent without the possibility of reproduction. Also red meat specifically contains an extremely high concentration of testosterone precursors, which are very important for muscle development and fertility in young men.
The Pragmatician
I am sorry but referencing? You might have some idiots that already agree with you agreeing but you have hardly put together a suitable argument by referencing one tribe whom had access to a wide variety of plants. This means we might not have to eat meat, however there is a lot of evidence that we are omnivores. Loads. Maybe large quantities of meat and processed meat is not good for you, however to say that no meat is good for you is just as an insane conclusion. Not enough study, poor article. Redo it completely and do your research this time.
Sam
Its true that the human digestive system is not designed to eat meat and flesh
larish
Its good and definitely true
larish
This is definitely true. Humans arents supposed to eat meat, or if they are, the amount is supposed to be very little. Plant based diets also net the most longevity of any other diet. The answers are obvious. And if you think your teeth are designed to eat meat, think again. If you were naturally meant to eat meat then you would be able to tear into the flesh of an animal and kill it with you teeth. That's how nature works. If you were really meant to eat meat, you would be like every other animal out there that eats meat, you would kill an animal with your teeth and claws and then eat its raw flesh, ripping it out with your powerful teeth, jaw, and neck muscles.
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