My husband and I eat primarily vegetarian. I say “primarily” because we do eat the occasional meat dish. We started on a vegetarian diet to save calories and increase our vitamin intake. We have nothing against meat; we have just elected to eliminate most meat from our diet. I say this to support my commentary on vegetarians; my questions about eating meat.
Should we get our protein from plants like our common ancestor, the apes? Apes eat plants as well as insects. Is that their version of meat? Do apes have the same dietary, specifically protein, requirements as humans? And why do apes have fat little bellies? I’m just not so sure I want to structure my diet after an ape’s diet.
How do we explain our canine teeth as the strongest teeth in our bodies? They are made for eating meat.
Do we have a physiological need for meat? Why do we feel the necessity to form our vegetables to look like meat? I constantly find recipes that include “soy meat crumbles,” or explain how to form a vegetarian mixture to look like a hamburger. Even spice mixtures that mimic the taste of meat are omnipresent in vegetarian recipes. So if we, as humans, should eat a natural plant based diet, why do we need to fool our eyes, taste buds, and bodies into thinking we’re eating meat?
Yes, most Americans eat too much meat and lack the essential nutrients found in fresh vegetables. We also eat too much fat, sugar, and processed foods. We eat a host of empty calories, and are way too sedentary. Does this support a vegetarian diet or simply a need to adjust our diet to be better-rounded and include more fresh food varieties?
I’m glad that my husband suggested that we cut down on meat. I know enough about nutrition to get protein from plants, beans, and other non-meat foods. But these questions still plague my mind.
Are humans natural meat eaters?