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Are Humans Designed To Eat Meat ?

I simply enjoy eating Chicken Curry, Rogan Josh (Mutton), Fish Curry, Sea Food. 5 Years back I turned into Vegetarian for nearly a year but when I went back home for Puja holidays my Mom got furious to know that I turned into Vegetarian she said “Son this is not the time for you to turn into vegetarian, when you get old then you can opt for it but not now” Then I again started enjoying meat and I still love them.

Today I came across a very interesting and important video about the facts of Meat and Human, it is about “Are Human Beings Designed to Eat Meat?”. Although I knew that we Humans are made for eating apples and banana by our mother nature as we do not have any canine teeth and we take 72 hours to digest meat meal but apart from missing canine and super slow digestion of meat I didn’t knew any of the other facts.

The prominent Swedish scientist Karl von Linne states, “Man’s structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food.”

The chart below compares the anatomy of man with that of carnivorous and herbivorous animals.When you look at the comparison between herbivores and humans, our body nature resembles much more closely to herbivores than meat eating animals. Humans are clearly not designed to digest and ingest meat.

1) Claws

  • Meat-eaters: have claws
  • Herbivores: no claws
  • Humans: no claws

2) Skin

  • Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue
  • Herbivores: perspire through skin pores
  • Humans: perspire through skin pores

3) Teeth

  • Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding
  • Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
  • Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

4) Salivary Gland

  • Meat-eaters: salivary glands in mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.
  • Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits
  • Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits

5) Saliva

  • Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains
  • Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
  • Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

6) Digestive Juices

  • Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat
  • Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater
  • Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

7) Intestine 

  • Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly
  • Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
  • Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

Based on a chart by A.D. Andrews, Fit Food for Men, (Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970)

If you Watch following Video then there you find more distinguish traits that proves the point that we are designed for eating apples not chicken .

  • See thats why I dont have meat :)

  • Rajesh Rana

    Fish also comes under Meat Umbrella Dear Bhanu.

  • Nice one Rajesh. Now I came to know that why I am veg.

  • Rajesh Rana


  • Nice argument, but I think its more applicable to primitive human beings. Canine teeth is required to tear the meat, we have knife and fork; I am not sure whether a properly cooked meat also takes 72hr to digest and I am sure that well cooked and spiced meat does not have bacteria in it.
    Similar is the argument about making love. In animal kingdom, there is no such thing as making love. They copulate to reproduce, while human beings have evolved and there are scientific/ psychological observation available which shows that the homo sapient make love not only to reproduce but its a form of emotional expression.
    I am not a big advocate of non-vegetarianism, but I didn’t find the analogy very convincing. However, I will share the video on Facebook for greater good and would encourage a healthy discussion.

  • Cooked meat takes 72 hrs to break up in human body which is very long.. and unnatural. Making love is psychological but here we are looking physiology of human body which we can not alter intentionally.

  • Then Sir why did God provide cows chickens etc if not for our use
    Everyone should have a varied diet
    On balance your mother was right

  • Meat4lyfe

    God gave us meat to eat you’ll find that out right before you get thrown into hell for being a liberal stooge.

  • joy

    I don’t know if we are designed to eat meat, but I love meat. Our taste buds relish meat, unlike grass for example.We are also capable of digesting meat, unlike rocks. But whatever may be the case, the logic here is faulty – fallacy of illicit minor. Its like saying mahatma Gandhi has two legs, crows ha e two legs, therefore all crows are Mahatma Gandhi.