Originally posted by JohnJasper
Meat, regardless of the source, is a killer, dairy products are killers, grains are not necessarily killers but are likely to seriously wound you. Everything that is healthy for you and supportive of life exists in the Fruit and Veg group.
When you can find 1 group of people or culture that doesn't supplement and lives entirely on plant products, I'll entertain your statement. In the mean time, if you'd like, I can provide you with many cultures that live almost entirely on animal products.
Actually, I'll entertain your statement a bit...
If doctors actually knew anything about nutrition and our physiological design, they would not recommend eating from the 4 food groups (5 in Australia as they recognise the Junk Food group.)
If you knew anything about nutrition and physiology, you wouldn't say that meat of any kind will kill you. That's a rather incredible statement. And while I can go on and on about it... I'll talk simply about physiology for a sec, since you referenced it.
Herbivores, while living on vegetation alone, actually consume a high fat diet. Cellulose that they get from grass and such is fermented in the hind gut--animals such as rabbits-- or the fore gut--ruminants such as cows. This fermentation effectively turns their high-carb diet into a high-fat diet as the fermentation yields fatty acids (Volatile fatty acids to be exact).
Now... We, as humans, are incapable of eating cellulose (green, leafy plants) and converting it from a carbohydrate to a fatty acid (well, we do, but just a lil bit). We call these foods fiber because they are indigestible. Soluble fiber is that "lil bit" that we can actually ferment into fatty acids.
Can you tell me, please, where we would get our fat calories from if we were to not eat meat? And, while you're at it, if meat is so terrible, how come our early man hunted animals, such as bison, to the brink of extinction and yet thrived healthily? Did they just hunt for fun?
Or are you suggesting that unlike nearly every herbivore on this planet, the "human herbivore" eat plants with the sole purpose of getting fiber, vitamins and minerals but without providing any significant caloric value? Are you suggesting that unlike nearly every other herbivore on the planet, we don't need fat like they do?
I'm really curious...