The first thing many people ask when they hear about the vegetarian diet is, “What’s wrong with eating meat? Millions of people do it; why should I stop?” There are significant reasons why it is preferable not to eat meat-not emotional or sentimental, but compelling and scientific reasons. If you consider these points carefully, yes you will want to try a vegetarian diet from now on.
Human characteristics are in every way like the fruit eaters, very similar to the grass eaters, and very unlike the meat eaters, as is shown in the table below. The human digestive system, tooth and jaw structure, and bodily functions are entirely different from predatory animals. As in the case of the anthropoid ape. The human digestive system is twelve times the length of the body. Our skin has millions of tiny pores to evaporate water and cool the body by sweating; we drink water by suction like all other vegetarian animals; our tooth and jaw structure is vegetarian, and our saliva is alkaline and contains ptyalin for predigestion of grains. Human beings are not carnivores by physiology – our anatomy and digestive system show that we must have evolved for millions of years living on fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables.
© Ananda Marga Publications 1977
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