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®Istockphoto. The question of what we are really meant to eat is a loaded one with lots of different opinions. Our friend Jim Glackin recently took a great stab at answering this question in a discussion thread on facebook where, among other tactics, someone played the “Paleo” card on why it is natural for us to eat meat.


Should Humans Eat Meat? [Excerpt] What can and should be done about human carnivory? Vaclav Smil answers in this excerpt from his new book. By Vaclav Smil on July 19, 2013; Share on Facebook.


Although many humans choose to eat both plants and meat, earning us the dubious title of “omnivore,” we’re anatomically herbivorous. The good news is that if you want to eat like our ancestors, you still can: Nuts, vegetables, fruit, and legumes are the basis of a healthy vegan lifestyle .


What is our natural diet? Are humans evolutionarily adapted to eat animals, plants or both? One of the most pervasive myths surrounding vegetarianism is the belief that humans are naturally meant to eat meat – that we are evolutionarily adapted to eat and thrive on dead flesh.


There is even a case to be made that we “should” eat less meat, in the conventional (and often distasteful) sense of moral obligation. While we are not morally obligated to safeguard our own health, we are, I think we can safely say, morally obligated not to eat our children’s food, or consume our children’s water.


Are Humans Supposed to Eat Meat? Numerous studies have shown that meat is not ideal for the human body and may actually be making us sick and killing us. The human body is intended to function on plant-based foods that are full of fiber, antioxidants, unsaturated fat, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, and cholesterol-free protein.


To answer the question of what humans should eat, many researchers look to other primates, such as chimpanzees, monkeys, and gorillas. These nonhuman wild primates are omnivores. They are also often described as herbivores and opportunistic carnivores in that although they eat mainly fruits and vegetables, they may also eat small animals ...


Take our quiz to discover which foods you should eat — and which ones you should avoid. ... really bad at remembering not only what we've eaten but also how much exercise we've done throughout ...


What Should I Eat? Using Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate as a guide, we recommend eating mostly vegetables, fruit, and whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy proteins . We suggest drinking water instead of sugary beverages, and we also address common dietary concerns such as salt and sodium , vitamins , and alcohol .


For this crowd, it has become an article of faith that not only is meat-eating bad for humans, but that it’s always been bad for humans—that we were never meant to eat animal products at all ...