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Argument for becoming vegan

By xerrad Oct 24, 2014 1651 Words
According to World Farm Animals Day ,“Each year, more than 58 billion cows, pigs, chickens, and other innocent, sentient animals are caged, crowded, deprived, drugged, mutilated, and manhandled in the world's factory farms and slaughterhouses. In the US alone, 10 billion land animals are abused and slaughtered every year.” The majority of those killed are chickens and other types of birds. Undoubtedly, meat eaters have their reasons for eating meat, from misconceptions, to being raised on it and not knowing anything else. This paper is directed at those people who believe meat is good for them, the people who believe humans are meant to eat meat, the people who were raised on eating meat who know nothing else, and the people who believe being a vegan would be too expensive.

A meat eater’s common defense in eating meat is that they believe that humans are carnivores. This belief is false. A barrage of evidence that Humans are herbivores, meaning that meat should not be a part of the human diet, may change these people’s minds. Science shows that humans are meant to be herbivores. According to Dr. John Mcdougall, the human body shows many traits of herbivores. Humans have flattened nails like herbivores instead of sharp claws. Humans have moderately concentrated urine like herbivores instead of extremely concentrated urine. Human liver cannot detoxify vitamin A like a carnivore can. Humans have a Long and sacculated colon instead of a simple, short, and smooth colon like other carnivores. The length of the human intestinal track is 10 through eleven times the length of their torso, verses three to six times the length of a carnivores intestinal track. The stomach acidity is about four to five pH versus one or less in a carnivore’s body. Human saliva has carbohydrate digesting enzymes like other herbivores that carnivores lack. Humans must chew their food excessively while carnivores can swallow their food whole. Human molars are flattened with nodular cusps instead of being sharp and jagged. Human canines are short and blunted like other herbivores instead of being long, sharp, and curved. Human incisors are broad, flattened and spade-shaped unlike carnivores which are short and pointed. The opening of the human mouth compared to the human head is small relative to the opening of a carnivore’s mouth compared to the carnivores head. Humans major jaw muscles are masseter and pterygoids like other herbivores, not temporalis like other carnivores. The way the human jaw chews is by going side to side, front to back and involves no shearing, while carnivores jaw shear with little side to side motion. The location of the jaw’s join in a human is above the plane of molars, not on the same plane of molars as carnivores have. Humans have an expanded angel jaw type as other herbivores where carnivores do not have an expanded angel jaw type. Humans have well developed facial muscles where carnivores have a reduced facial muscle development to allow for their mouth to open up more widely. Real carnivores can’t get clogged arteries because their bodies are made to eat meat; their intestines are short to push the decaying flesh out of their bodies unlike humans that soak up cholesterol and get atherosclerosis, which carnivores can’t get. According to these facts, the human body is meant not to eat any meat.

There are negative effects for eating a non-vegan diet, since the human body is made to be vegan. According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell's China Study, the world's largest dietary study ever conducted, vegans have less than a 5 percent chance of getting heart disease and cancers including colon, prostate, breast, ovarian, and pancreatic. Kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, asthma and impotence are also included. According to Dr. T. Colin, Cholesterol, saturated fat and trans-fatty acids are the only ways to clog arteries. All these come from meat, cheese and milk. The human body naturally produces good cholesterol. There is no need for any other external cholesterol to be taken into the body. By getting rid of meat cheese and milk in a diet, cholesterol would be completely eliminated. Animal protein is also one of the main causes of osteoporosis, and the main reason why 1 in 3 meat-eaters get cancer. Animal protein is acidic, and turns the blood in humans acidic. To fight this and turn the blood neutral again, the blood takes phosphate from the bones in the human body made out of blinded calcium-phosphate. The phosphate neutralizes the blood in the body, and the calcium which had to be removed since the two were bound together gets urinated out of the body. This is why eating meat and dairy products is the main cause for osteoporosis.

According to Julia McKinnell, most things non vegans enjoy have a vegan replacement as well as all the nutrition needed for the human body can be optained in a vegan diet. For those who enjoy drinking milk there is soy milke, rice milk, oat milk and almond milk. There are vegan pizzas with rice crust and vegan cheese.there is protine in beans, grains, vegetables. Broccoli is 30 per cent protein and according to Superfoods, “Hempseed contains 80% Omega fatty acids, including Omega-6, Omega-3, and vitamin E within the oil. Essential fatty acids are "essential" because the body does not make them. They are an important antioxidant needed to protect the skin and build the immune system.” As quoted on PETA Prime, the USDA Dietary Guidelines said “In prospective studies of adults, compared to non-vegetarian eating patterns, vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes-lower levels of obesity, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality. Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure. On average, vegetarians consume a lower proportion of calories from fat (particularly saturated fatty acids); fewer overall calories; and more fiber, potassium, and vitamin C than do non-vegetarians. Vegetarians generally have a lower body mass index. These characteristics and other lifestyle factors associated with a vegetarian diet may contribute to the positive health outcomes that have been identified among vegetarians." According to PETA, soybeans, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, broccoli, walnuts, whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, and corn all have a good amount of protein in them. Collard greens, kale, broccoli, beans, sesame tahini, and almonds all have calcium in them. Flaxseeds, walnuts, and canola oil all have omega threes in them. Beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, chickpeas, oatmeal, dried fruits, nuts, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, molasses, and spinach all have iron in them.

As convincing as an argument for becoming vegan is, people want to fit in and not be made fun of. This is an important issue because people can surly go back to eating meat if they experience being ridiculed and have no strong offence if they can’t convince others of being vegan. Some people may also be convinced to become vegan from a more offensive approach as well. As said by Gary Yourofsky, a vegan activist, “is a ribcage on a person’s plate, severed legs, sliced up thighs, mutilated breast and hen periods more disgusting then eating tofu, soy, beans, rice, fruits, and vegetables?” World hunger can be blamed on meat eaters. “More then 80% of oat and more then 95% of corn are grown to feed livestock. The world’s livestock cattle alone consume calories equal to 8.7 billion people, which is more than the entire human population of earth. It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat.” (Whole Vegan). According to the journal Soil and Water, “one acre of land could produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots or just 250 pounds of beef.”

In conclusion, there is no logical reason to not be a vegan. Being vegan is cheaper than not being vegan, contrary to the common belief. Buying soy, rice, beans, fruit, vegetables, and other vegan foods is cheaper than buying hamburgers, ribs, stakes, turkey and other meat products. Unarguably, it is wrong to slaughter animals for food if it is not needed for survival, and since world hunger can be blamed on eating meat, the argument that animals need to be slaughter or people would starve is invalid. The amount of scientific evidence that humans are herbivores is overwhelming. Besides all the evidence that humans aren’t meant to eat meat, the negative health effects on the body for those who ignore that should scare most people who don’t wish to die young. There is no need for concern that going vegan will require a person to suddenly start to watch their nutrition. A non-vegan that doesn’t watch what they eat the amount of vitamins and other essentials for the body shouldn’t start to monitor those things if becoming vegan since the foods vegans eat contain everything humans needs.

Works Cited
"Speciesism." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. McKinnell, Julia. "The how-to guide to going vegan: try almond milk with your cereal, and remember, 'broccoli is 30 per cent protein!'." Maclean's 5 Dec. 2011: 75. General OneFile. Web. 16 Apr. 2012. "Humansare Naturally Plant-eaters." Humans Are Natural Plant-eaters. Web. 17 Apr. Yourofsky, Gary. "All About Veganism." ADAPTT. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. Freston, Kathy. "A Cure For Cancer? Eating A Plant-Based Diet." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 17 Nov. 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. "Vegan and the Environment." Easy Vegan Recipes and Simple Diet Plans. Web. 17 Apr. "Vegetarianism." John Denver's Windstar Foundation. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. "What's the Solution?" World Farm Animals Day. Web. 20 Apr. 2012. "Hemp Seed Benefits, The Protein-Rich Super Seed." The Superfoods Diet and Lifestyle. Web. 20 Apr. 2012. "USDA Gets It: Vegetarian Diets Are Healthy." PETA Prime:. Web. 20 Apr. 2012. "A Vegan's Guide to Good Nutrition." Peta. Peta. Web. 20 Apr. 2012.

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