Found this online debate :
According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%–more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren’t we meant to be carnivores?
Sofar as today , this debate is followed by some 230 comments . A comment that I liked was that posted by Robert GRILLO from http://freefromharm.org :
The answer is no. Humans are absolutely not carnivores and have no biological need to consume animal products of any kind, contrary to popular belief and myth. In 2009, the American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the U.S.’s oldest, largest and foremost authority on diet and nutrition, also recognized that humans have no inherent biological or nutritional need for animals products: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
While a well-balanced vegan diet can easily provide all of the nutrients we need to thrive, that doesn’t mean that all vegans are healthy. Just as people who eat meat, dairy and eggs often suffer from nutrient deficiencies, a poorly planned or junk-food vegan diet can also fail to meet nutritional needs, leading to health problems. Total raw food diets and diets composed of only very-low-fat foods can also make it harder for some people to get all the necessary nutrients. But with the rare exception of someone who suffers from multiple serious plant-food allergies, science now recognizes that a healthy vegan diet is a safe option for everyone.
With the biological and nutritional issues addressed, the only question that remains is an ethical one: If we can live healthy lives without harming anyone, then why wouldn’t we? Why would we instead choose to contribute to the industries that force billions of animals to suffer every year and doom them to a violent slaughterhouse end in their infant or adolescent age? If might does not make right, then right does not make a carnivore.
If you like diet wars and fireworks , see the comments on a mirror post of a mixed and totally uncensored forum :
Eating is not when you are in the fast food restaurant, it’s not when you eat standing up, or just swallowing a sandwich at the office. Having our breakfast, lunch or dinner has to be a ritual which we take seriously.
Sit down, eat slowly and feel the taste of the food, its smell. Chew as many times as you can because digestion starts while we are chewing. Eliminate any distractions, take time to prepare your food and if you don’t have any, just do your best to enjoy it and feel every bit of it. Thus you will be more satisfied and won’t get hungry after half an hour.
Read more in the complete article : http://letsreachsuccess.com/2013/09/29/what-to-do-slower-to-enjoy-life/
Stumbled on this comment/reply from ” Megahertz Donut ” , as made on the Scientific American :
I’m sorry but that is simply not true that we evolved from a more carnivorous past. Like our ape relatives, we spent most of our millions of years as insectivores and frugivores. The only truly carnivorous primate is the tarsier; the rest of us are much more herbivorous no matter what your local bacon salesman has told you.
Even as humans became more omnivorous, meat was never as large a part of our diet as it is now due to artificial cheapness from subsidies and modern farming techniques. Also keep in mind that throughout most of history, humans in different areas ate very different diets from each other as noted in the article.
Errr … Tarsiers ? Had to look it up !
Tarsiers are the only extant entirely carnivorous primates: they are primarily insectivorous , and catch insects by jumping at them. They are also known to prey on birds, snakes, lizards, and bats.
Emma BECKETT is professionally involved in Nutrition ( Human Molecular Nutrition ) and has written two very good articles , the first one about the marketing hype of superfoods and the second one about the untrue story of antioxidants :
Just because a component of a superfood may kill cancer cells in a dish in the lab doesn’t mean that eating lots of a food containing this component will prevent you from getting cancer.
What’s more, the assumptions behind superfood science can be problematic. Much of the available evidence comes from cell culture or animal models . While these models are good tools for scientists, they don’t automatically apply to humans.
Humans have considerable environmental and genetic variances that make us much more complicated.
Even when these studies are done in humans, they’re often tested in very high concentrations over short durations that are not reflective of regular balanced diets. There simply aren’t enough long-term, realistic studies to support the claim that superfoods can stave off illness or old age
Antioxidants are a commonly promoted feature of health foods and supplements. They’re portrayed as the good forces that fight free radicals – nasty molecules causing damage thought to hasten ageing and cause chronic diseases.
The simple logic that antioxidants are “good” and free radicals are “bad”, has led to the idea that simply getting more antioxidants into our bodies, from foods or supplements, can outweigh the impacts of free radicals.
Sadly, biology is never this simple, and antioxidants are not a free radical free pass.
We are exposed to free radicals every day; they’re produced in our bodies as part of normal functioning. Such normal levels are easily tolerated.
But habits such as smoking, drinking, and eating processed foods all increase exposure. These additional free radicals may increase the risk of lifestyle and age-related diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Ohh ….. don’t miss the author’s replies in the comments on these articles . Very good reads .
Have not yet made a blogroll , but I will list today in random order some blogs or sites that I like to follow . Probably will forget a few for the time now , but I will return to update or improve my list here . Practically all of these authors have a related scientific background ( physician , vet , pharmacist , … ) . Some are professionally involved in nutrition and diet , some are still University students . Some authors don’t have background related to diet or nutrition , but are well worth reading or following .
Updated : December 07 , 2013 ( I am thinking to make a light version of this blogroll )
Well worth reading are :