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Critique of vegetarianism
Starting a detailed consideration of vegetarianism, as one of the most popular power systems claiming to be called ideal, I want to emphasize once again that this is not only a way of eating, but also a philosophical doctrine, so it’s not surprising that there were many outstanding and genuine humanists among vegetarians. However, it seems that they became such for reasons most likely unrelated to the nature of their diet. It is enough to recall in this connection that Adolf Hitler was also a true vegetarian.
The statement about the morality of vegetarianism, in my opinion, is for the most part naive. During its inception, the idea of switching to vegetable nutrition was based on a more material basis - an economic one, since the need for limited meat consumption in those far times was due to its acute shortage and, as a result, its high cost of living.
The apologists of vegetarianism, trying to somehow theoretically substantiate their views, argue that a person according to his natural data (the structure of teeth, hands and the gastrointestinal tract) is intended to be a strict vegetarian, like the highest monkeys - orangutans and chimpanzees, who have common ancestors with us . In the wild, in adulthood, they eat only plant food, and yet are exceptionally strong and healthy. Therefore, for a person, eating meat is unnatural.
"Look at yourself in the mirror," say vegetarians, "do you have sharp fangs and claws, like predators that eat only meat?"
I did not look at myself in the mirror, but looked into the Medical Encyclopedia, and this is what I saw there: “A person has 32 permanent teeth. Each half of the upper and lower jaws has: 2 incisors and 1 canine.” So, we still have fangs, by the way, and their number is not less than that of predators. The tiger has 4 tusks and the bear has the same. True, our fangs are much shorter, and yet each of us has repeatedly learned from our own experience that they are quite suitable for eating meat. By the way, some predators have not only fangs, but no teeth at all, and they cope with digesting almost the size of themselves (anemones, for example). So the presence of canines, as well as their absence, is not an exhaustive proof of the propensity for one or another method of feeding.
Maybe vegetarians got something wrong with monkeys? Precisely, a very small mistake! Alas and oh, to the great regret of adherents of plant nutrition, monkeys are not vegetarians. Yes, for the most part, due to the need, determined by the conditions of existence, they feed mainly on plants, but on occasion they also willingly eat insects and small animals, and chimpanzees can eat at all their relatives - monkeys of other species.
The structure of the human gastrointestinal tract is more like the structure of the tiger's digestive system than the cow. Judge for yourself, the length of the intestine of a tiger is 10 m, a person is 7 m, a cow is more than 40 m. In addition, the four-chamber cow’s stomach is designed in such a way that it can belch swallowed food, if desired, and eat it when the grass has run out.
Even more absurd, in my opinion, the statement that meat food is particularly bad for the children's body, while vegetarian food improves the child and increases his mental abilities, making him healthy and cheerful.
Studies by American pediatricians have shown that the IQ (IQ) of children from vegetarian families is almost twice as low as that of children who consume meat. A diet that excludes animal protein is difficult to call physiological. Because proteins, more than other biopolymers of food, are in constant motion, renewal, maintaining the functional and structural integrity of all organs and tissues. Over 70 years of life, an average person should, on average, eat (and in most cases eat) up to 2.5 tons of proteins. The fact is that for such a period, the proteins of the human body are fully updated 200 times.
The inconsistency of the claim that human digestion is “programmed” only for vegetable food was clear even in the nineteenth century. And although it is not customary to quote the founders of scientific communism, a clever idea expressed by anyone does not become stupid. Well, Friedrich Engels spoke of this in the following way: "The most significant influence meat food had on the human brain, which received thanks to it in a much larger quantity than before, those substances that are necessary for its nutrition and development, which gave him the opportunity From generation to generation, to quickly and completely improve. With the permission of the masters of vegetarians, a man could not become a man without meat food ... "
Of course, for thousands of years, due to various circumstances, a person was forced to remain a vegetarian. But as time went on, the conditions of life changed irreversibly.
Cooked meat on fire began to enter the life of our distant ancestors a long time ago. For example, in 1982 in Africa between the Victoria and Turkana lakes, remains of bonfires were discovered, the geological age of the layers in which they were located was 1.4 million years. Around these ancient fireplaces lay the bones of animals and stone tools. Later, about 1 million years ago, with the onset of glacial periods, it became much more difficult to get plants for food. People were forced to completely switch to eating meat, processing it on fire for better absorption. Ice periods have passed, but the habit of meat food entrenched in humanity at the genetic level.
The digestive apparatus was different. Modern man is simply deprived of the opportunity to eat many kilograms of vegetables, fruits, so that his body then extracts proteins from them for hours and turns them into their own proteins. In addition, a number of essential amino acids, which are very few or not at all in proteins of plant origin, our body has long forgotten how to synthesize.
That is why the problem of protein deficiency of animal origin, especially in developing countries, is increasingly worrying scientists and practitioners. In these areas of the planet, vegetarianism is a forced measure and, unfortunately, often complicated by diseases, low life expectancy and high infant mortality.
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Critique of vegetarianism
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