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I'm in an online discussion about whether humans are naturally vegetarian or not. On this site before I have seen a table passed around comparing the body of humans to bodies of omnivores and carnivores. I REALLY need that table right now. I'll be very grateful if one of you has it.
 

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I know this is a bit late, but I go to school for Anthropology (aka I study people) and it's hard to argue we are naturally vegetarian. Our intestinal tract is short for our size indicating we have a very nutrient rich diet that was quickly absorbed. (aka we didn't live off plants alone). Also, our brain size is huge and in EEA times it would have been very hard to get the appropriate amount of calories from plants alone.<br><br>
That being said, our natural diet is 65-70% plant based and the animal protein was very low in fat (about 4% for wild animals) as opposed to domesticated animals which are about 20-40% fat by weight. It would be easier to argue that while we may have evolved as omnivores, eating domestic animals now is unhealthy and very unnecessary considering how easy it is to find veg*n substitutes. Also, the animal products themselves have changed in a negative way, and the meat you buy in the store is in no way as healthy as if you were eating all natural wild animal meat.<br><br>
Just my two cents. :p
 

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I know this is a bit late, but I go to school for Anthropology (aka I study people) and it's hard to argue we are naturally vegetarian. Our intestinal tract is short for our size indicating we have a very nutrient rich diet that was quickly absorbed. (aka we didn't live off plants alone). Also, our brain size is huge and in EEA times it would have been very hard to get the appropriate amount of calories from plants alone.<br><br>
That being said, our natural diet is 65-70% plant based and the animal protein was very low in fat (about 4% for wild animals) as opposed to domesticated animals which are about 20-40% fat by weight. It would be easier to argue that while we may have evolved as omnivores, eating domestic animals now is unhealthy and very unnecessary considering how easy it is to find veg*n substitutes. Also, the animal products themselves have changed in a negative way, and the meat you buy in the store is in no way as healthy as if you were eating all natural wild animal meat.<br><br>
Just my two cents. :p</div>
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All good points. I also doubt that the diet of our ancestors was 100% vegetarian. I'm sure they ate anything they could obtain: mostly fruits, roots, greens, nuts and seeds, but also some insects, eggs and small game. That doesn't mean, however, that we should have an omnivorous diet today, when it isn't necessary for our survival anymore.
 

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My husband and I agree with Heather Ann and that is why we are careful what we bring in the house. I rather live a Vegetarian life then Omni life the rest of my life. Sometimes its not easy but I am still learning.
 
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