I know human anatomy. Quite well, thank you very much. I'm not a pseudo 'scientific researcher from a university'. Therefore, I do not receive any money or grants for my 'research'. I don't receive any fat checks from big meat companies to slant the odds in favor for eating meat. (If you don't think this goes on, do your research into big pharma, big tobacco or big meat farming.)
over the years have surrounded vegetarian and Vegan diets and those who adopt
them. Let's view the myths and see the actual reality
Myth: Vegetarians do not get enough protein. Fact: Well,
there was a time when nutritionists and dietitians even said this, but
no longer. Now, we know that vegetarians get plenty of protein. What
they don't get is the excessive amount of protein found in the typical
modern diet. If you eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and
legumes, then getting enough protein is not an issue.
Myth: Vegetarians do not get enough calcium. Fact: This
myth has been applied, in particular, to vegans who have eliminated
milk products from their diets. Somehow, the notion got started that the
only good source of calcium is milk and cheese. Granted, milk does have
a good supply of calcium, but so do many vegetables — especially green,
leafy veggies. The truth is, vegetarians suffer less from osteoporosis
(a deficiency of calcium that leads to weak bones) because the body
assimilates the calcium they eat more easily during digestion.
Myth: Vegetarian diets aren't balanced, so they are risking their health for their principles. Fact:
First of all, a vegetarian diet isn't out of balance. It has a good
proportion of all the complex carbohydrates, protein and fat — the three
macro nutrients that are the cornerstone of any diet. Plus, vegetarian
food sources (plants) tend to be higher sources of most of micro
nutrients. Another way to look at it is this: The average meat eater
consumes one or fewer servings of vegetables a day and no servings of
fruit. If a meat eater does eat a vegetable, chances are it's a fried
potato. "Out of balance" depends on your perspective.
Myth: A vegetarian diet is all right for an adult, but kids need meat to develop properly. Fact:
This statement makes the assumption that protein from plants isn't as
good as protein from meat. The truth is, protein is protein. It is all
made from amino acids. Children need 10 essential amino acids to grow
and develop properly. These amino acids are as readily available in
plants as they are in meat.
Myth:Humans were designed to eat meat. Fact:
Although humans are capable of digesting meat (although it takes a very long time and most of it ends up stuck in the colon and intestines for several months), human anatomy clearly favors a diet of plant foods. Our digestive systems are similar to
those of the other plant-eaters and totally unlike those of carnivores.
The argument that humans are carnivores because we possess "canine"
teeth ignores the fact that other plant-eaters have "canine" teeth, and
that ONLY planteaters have molar teeth. Finally, if humans were designed
to eat meat, we wouldn't suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
and osteoporosis from doing so.