Humans Did Not Always Eat Meat

Have you ever thought about how far humans have strayed from the eating habits of our pre-historic ancestors? How much different Are our eating patterns from what they had? If you do some research and look at, and consider, how our ancestors evolved and what they ate, you will see many changes.

Our ancestors were what we called hunter-gatherers and did not evolve with the characteristics of meat eaters. Humans aren’t really made to tear apart animals and eat their flesh. Also, when you look at the different meat eating animals you will definitely see that their teeth are specifically designed to rip and tear whatever it is they are attempting to eat.

Look at the differences. Humans evolved from vegetarian eating creatures. Even our digestive systems are not really suited to eating meat. Through our research we see that eating meat is a relatively recent development in our human history. This practice of eating meat was most likely borne of the opportunity and necessity.

We may think that the earliest man observed carnivores eating meat. This meant that if our ancestors couldn’t find their natural foods, the ones they were used to eating such as vegetables, berries, nuts and grains, they may have assumed that eating meat would at least sustain life. But, we initially emulated the creatures we evolved from, herbivores like apes.

You would think that to a pre-historic person’s mind apes would have look similar to man. They walked primarily upright and had arms and hands. We would have naturally foraged for our food. We would have been eating roots, berries, fruits and nuts just like them. We would have watched the apes peeling bananas or crushing nuts on stones to get the meat of the nut. Our ancestors would have been living moment-to-moment hunting and gathering food. They would have been constantly foraging for food.

We know that hunting, if done correctly, requires thought and planning. Eating meat does require some preparation. And most importantly eating meat requires fire.

So, until man discovered fire he was primarily a vegetarian, living on those nuts, berries, roots and fruits. This would have been the natural order of things. Looking at the vegetarian style of eating now, we know that it is a more natural way of eating, just as it was in the past. We know it is a healthier way of eating.

It is truly a way to eat that is in balance with the planet. A person eating as a vegan or vegetarian does not seek to dominate or conquer our planet.

 

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