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Were humans designed to eat meat? why or why not?

I have heard that our intestines are so long that meats actually start to putrify before we can pass them through. but if our intestines weren't designed to eat meat then why do we have canine teeth??

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Your "canines" look nothing like a carnivore's. You can't run fast enough to catch your food. You don't have the nails or teeth to kill it and tear it apart. You can't eat it raw or you get sick. Your jaw does not only move vertically like a carnivore's....

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  • 4 years ago

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  • Joan
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    4 years ago

    I believe that humans evolved, not that we were "designed," but that's beside the point. Humans evolved to be able to eat meat, but not so that we have to eat meat. We can live long, healthy lives with or without animal products. Anyone who claims otherwise just has an agenda that they're trying to promote. For me, the question of whether or not to eat animal products is entirely an ethical question, since we can be healthy either way.

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    5 years ago

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    Were humans designed to eat meat? why or why not?

    I have heard that our intestines are so long that meats actually start to putrify before we can pass them through. but if our intestines weren't designed to eat meat then why do we have canine teeth??

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    We were designed to eat meat.

    Our teeth aren't that sharp because we have tools.

    Our tract isn't long at all, vegans are lying there!

    We can eat raw meat, it's personal preference for cooked meat.

    You get more vitamins from eating herbivores; and bonus you don't have to eat the disgusting slime (unless they ate wheat, mmm sandwiches) that they went to.

    It's in their bodies! Plus you get the protein you need. Without thinning out and death occurring.

    P.S I can't stand vegetables. One pea on the floor used to make me throw up.

    Source(s): My carnivorous brain.
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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm vegetarian, but it's a fact that chimpanzees sometimes eat meat.

    I think our prehistoric ancestors probably ate mostly plants with occasional meat. Since chimpanzees are supposedly our nearest "evolutionary cousins" it seems logical that they would have had a similar diet.

    But, human beings are unique because they are not bound by instinct and they have the capacity to change their own environment and living conditions. I prefer not to live in a tree and eat termites.

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  • Hadean
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    7 years ago

    We were 'designed' to be omnivores.

    So not full on meat eaters and not only just vegetarians.

    • 6 years agoReport

      Good post Hadean.

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  • 1 decade ago

    a little of both, but i would love to see you chase down a deer and kill it with those vicious teeth of yours, what you heard about the intestines is correct, vegetarians have 40% less chance of cancer, and 50% less chance of heart disease than the typical meat eater, and the list would go on for hours if i told you all i knew about veg*nism... evolution gave us thumbs so we could hunt and gather, but i also recieved a conscience which makes me a vegetarian... do what is right for you... i would encourage veg*nism though...

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  • 1 decade ago

    though an argument can be made either way, i would be inclined to say that we are not. there are several reasons this can be seen.

    humans intestines (as you mentioned) are much longer than those of carnivores. a carnivore has a relatively short tract to digest the meat before it starts to decompose.

    now if you look at your nails, what do they look like? are they thick and pointed to tear flesh? nope; they are flat and relatively flexible, good for digging, not killing food.

    now look at your teeth. your canines are not nearly as long or sharp as that of a carnivore. do you think you could easily tear into a cow with those teeth? unlikely; however, they are ideal for biting into fruit and vegetables and our flat molars work wonders for chewing that vegetation.

    Source(s): here is one source, theres a quick glance table about half way down, but come to your own conclusions. http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html#table
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    • 6 years agoReport

      Our molars are also much different from that of a herbivore and we DO have sharp teeth at the front. I use my molars to grind my meat up, so this is obvious

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  • al l
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    1 decade ago

    We don't have canine teeth. True defined canine teeth are long and pointed and meant for rendering prey helpless. Ours are shorter, more cone shaped, blunt, and meant for tearing through tough surfaces of vegetables and through foliage. Yes, it is true about the length of the human digestive system. The chemical linning of the digestive tract is also not properly designed to digest meat. Flesh also creates a barrier which prevents the digestive linning from gaining nutrients from your food. The bacterial build-up caused by the long term meat digestion also weakens the immune system by making it work overtime.

    • 6 years agoReport

      We use our tools to eat meat. We sacrificed our sharp teeth, not for a more disgusting diet, but for tools.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Humans were not designed to eat meat, but we can after some unnatural processing. Vegetarian/Vegan diets are healthier because of our body design in relation to food. Like you mentioned, human intestines, like herbivore intestines, are longer to digest plants. Carnivores have shorter intestines so that the meat does not stay in the body too long and start to poison it as it rots. The canine teeth in humans are very misleading. Look at a gorilla. They have very large canines despite being vegetarian animals. These teeth are better suited to bite into fruits and plants than animals. In fact, carnivores have claws that they use to hunt which are vital in catching prey. In addition, carnivores have very few molar teeth if any. Animals like horses and humans, have many flat teeth intended for grinding plants. Carnivores swallow more than chew meat. They need the canine teeth to tear meat, not chew it.

    Humans don't tear meat. They first cook it (no other animals does this to food, therefore unnatural) then they cut it with an tool like a knife (there goes your whole canine theory) then they chew the meat, not swallow it whole. Then the meat stays in the intestines too long for it to be healthy. That why vegetarian people have a significantly reduced risk of cancers related to the colon.

    There is nothing really natural about eating meat. Yes, we can, but our bodies are probably not intended to do so. If you add all the evolutionary evidence and science around the issue, you will start to see that humans are not intended to eat meat like we do. Vegetarianism is healthier and makes more sense regarding our body design.

    • 6 years agoReport

      We can eat unspoilt raw beef easily. I've seen blogs about people who eat rotten goat because they just can't eat anything else for some strange reason. So you're wrong.

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