Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Guilt Free Meat Eating: Our Bodies Are Made to Eat Meat

One of the greatest things about living in the United States is that we live in a country with the freedom to choose.  But there are a lot of times that media, culture, etc. question those choices, opinions or beliefs we have.  One area that is challenged in different sectors of society is the choice to eat meat.  I for one love eating meat and don't like to go a meal without it!  I love the flavor, as well as the energy that meat gives me as a protein source.

There are many reasons why I don't feel guilty eating meat.  One of those reasons is that our bodies are made to eat meat.  Have you ever looked closely at your teeth?  Go ahead, go the to the bathroom and check them out.  The first teeth you'll see are your top front incisor teeth, and then on each side of them are your canine teeth, followed by your molars.  Each of these has a special function:
  • Your incisor teeth are designed to cut food.
  • Your canine teeth are designed to tear food.
  • You molar teeth are designed to grind food.
Your teeth are created for us to eat both plants and meat.  This makes sense, as we are omnivores.  The incisors help cut the plants we love to eat.  The canines help tear the meat we love to eat.  And the molars help grind everything so we can easily digest all of our food we love to eat.

Our teeth aren't the only things that help us with digestion of meat.  Our gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) is created to help with the digestion and absorption of meat proteins as well.  Gastric juices in the stomach contain digestive enzymes.  These enzymes help break down food for digestion and kill pathogens to keep us healthy.  The enzyme, pepsin, is even specifically constructed to break down meat proteins into more easily digestible products.


If you are interested in learning more about other guilt free meat eating reasons check out the blog, On the Banks of Squaw Creek.  This post is part of a series hosted by Katie at OBSC.  Other contributors include:

Home Again Finnegan
Lipstick & Tractors
Farm Girl Facts of Life
My Other More Exciting Self
Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch
Kellie for Ag

Have you ever thought about how our bodies are designed to eat meat?  What other reasons can you think of why we should feel guilt free while eating meat?




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12 comments:

  1. This is a great post, Val! Thanks for participating!

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  2. It's not just a coincidence that our bodies we're design with those features! Great post :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

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  3. Great post!!! I totally get this and agree!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Beth Ann. It only makes logical sense to me for humans to eat meat!

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  4. I think it's cool you are doing comments for a cause! I don't have a problem with those who are vegetarians and I have a few friends who choose not to eat meat. But I like to eat a little bit of everything. I hope the animals I eat have been humanely raised and slaughtered. Love to hear from local ladies who are in the know about agriculture.

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    1. Like I said at the beginning, I love that we have food choices in the United States. I too have a friend that is a vegetarian. I just feel and know that humans are made to eat meat, which some vegetarians would disagree with. I know on my farm, our hogs are being raised humanely. We have national guidelines we follow to ensure a safe environment for them to live in and humane procedures for euthanization.

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  5. That's awesome to hear-I hope I end up eating some of the pigs you raised.

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    1. We sell our hogs to Tyson, so if you ever eat any Tyson products chances are you have!

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  6. the problem with eating meat is that we have animals in overcrowding. That's the problem. They pass their lives locked in pens, and that's cruel. would you like to live a life like that? female eatable animals pass their lifes pregnant. u know what is that?

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    1. I can ensure you that our hogs in our barns are not overcrowded. Our barns are designed for a specific number of animals, that way they have an ample amount of space to move around. If you check out a post I did last year you can learn more about our barns, including links to a couple other posts: http://cornbeanspigskids.blogspot.com/2013/08/farm-friday.html

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