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June 24, 2020 - Vegan Food and Living

Are humans designed to eat meat?

Are humans designed to eat meat?
Roasted Baby Pig File Image: (c) Photabulous!

Our evolutionary history and ancient ancestors reveal all, explains Dr Justine Butler, Senior Researcher for Viva! Health...

Herbivores, such as rabbits, horses and sheep, chew from side-to-side and have longer intestines to absorb nutrients.

Their saliva (and ours) contains amylase, an enzyme that helps digest starchy carbohydrates found in bread, rice and other wholegrains. Carnivores don’t spend as much time chewing, nor do they consume many carbohydrates, so there is no need for amylase in their saliva.

Their jaws can only open and shut and are incapable of moving from side to side as ours do.

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