Thank you for the replies. I've been a vegetarian for many years and I'd like to stay one... It's kind of scary for me to start about this topic because I don't want to create an impression of argueing... Still these are important questions to me, so that's why I posted them.
I hear and see a lot of positive news about the Paleo diet and I take an interest in it, so I'm trying to figure these things out.
I've always very much liked Harvey Diamonds chapter in Fit for Life (I know, I know, a very old book) about how the human body is not really made to eat and digest meat. It made sense to me.
Diamond states a lot of facts about the characteristics of animals made to eat meat and compares that to the human body. (They have fangs and claws, chemicals in their savliva and stomach to digest meat, short intestines - humans don't, and he offers a lot more information that I can't recall right now).
To me it would make sense to assume that we are best fit to eat what is 'natural' for the body. I understand that eating diary and grains aren't all that 'natural' for the human body as 'we' added these things only relatively recently to our diet.
However I am inclined to continue that logic and wonder if eating meat is all that 'natural' to us? Particularly if we eat it very frequently and in big quantities. I also can wonder if eating meat is the best thing / the most natural for us as we have to cook it before we can eat it. If eating meat is natural for our body why would we have to cook it first?
I can't imagine the hunter-gatherers were all that succesfull (like: not every day) in catching animals to eat.
I also tried to figure out through internet what primates eat. I read that chimps, which are maybe (?) our closest 'relatives' do on some occasions kill other animals and eat them - but that it takes them hours and hours to chew down a piece of meat, that often only the males eat it, and that meat is at it's highest an estimated 2 percent of their diet...
In other words our body may be able to eat meat, but is it really so logical to eat a lot of it? Or to assume we must eat it in order to be healthy? Isn't meat, like grains and diary, something that was added to our 'natural diet', be it much earlier? Are our bodies truly all that adjusted to eating it?
Most vegetarians I know, me included, get sick when eating meat after a long time.
I understand that the Paleo diet must work very well for many people but I'm wondering if that is maybe mostly due to cutting out grains and sugar and additives, eating more vegetables - maybe not so much because of eating a lot of meat...?
Trying to make sense of it all and to find out what's best for me / my body...
Edited by: CHRISTINASP at: 7/6/2012 (12:44)
Keep it simple.
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