“You are what you eat” is a favorite phrase for a healthcare practitioner to emphasize how much our diet would affect our life and health. To understand better this concept and the importance of the diet, better to start with the human anatomy and physiology. Mammals are anatomically and physiologically designed or adapted to procure and consume particular kind of diet.
Even though some Anthropologist would describe human being is omnivorous, it is widely accepted that there are major differences in the digestive system and the chemical environment between the carnivorous and herbivorous. As a matter of fact, the structure and the nature of our anatomical equipment, teeth, jaw, and digestive system favors a meatless diet.
American Dietetic Association notes that most of mankind for most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near vegetarian diets. Swedish scientist Karl Von Linne reinforced the statement by adding: “Human structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food.
Simple comparison of the hardware and built-in systems we are born with would enhance the belief. In the animal world, herbivores have no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for plant grinding. Their intestinal tract is much longer than that of the carnivores. Carnivores have strong hydrochloric acid in the stomach suited to digest meat, while herbivores have much weaker stomach acid ideal for plant food digestion. In the anatomical and physiological perspective, human being is in the category of the herbivores; our body structure is built to have a diet based on plant food.
Food from animal source produces putrefaction within 4 hours after consumption, if constipation is in existence, the meat remnants lodge on the walls of the intestine for 3 or more days. In addition, the pH value of meat eater becomes acidic, which is the kind of environment for diseases or chronic illness to develop.
Meat, especially red meat, is not the best food for brain; excessive intake clouds mind and weakens the capability of thinking.
For those whose health issues are directly related to the inappropriate diet, the benefits of vegetarian are obvious. As people are getting more and more health conscious, the balanced, plant food based diet has its undisputable value, in terms of disease prevention, health maintenance, normal digestive function restoration etc……
Cardiovascular diseases, digestive system diseases, even cancers, such as colon cancer and pancreatic cancer are all-in one way or another- related to bad eating habit.
Vegetables and fruits contain a rich comprehensive nutrition; a balanced vegetarian meal provides sufficient protein, carbohydrate and fat to sustain life and health with a good energy level.
For some, go vegetarian is the best option that can be ever thought of, while for others, a well balanced meal, mixed vegetable with small amount of meat, eggs and diaries is a wise choice. After all, animal food is a type of food for us to eat, which is also a good source of nutrition.