Do you remember Dr. Benjamin Spock, whose book on babies was the bible
of mothers for many years? He eventually became a vegetarian himself,
and the latest edition of his baby book (sorry, I can't just recall
the exact title right now), published posthumously, strongly suggests
a vegetarian diet after the baby is 2 years old.
I myself avoid meat, but eat it occasionally. These are some of the
pro and con physiological arguments I've come across over the years:
con: Our teeth reflect an omnivorous diet, some are meant for grinding
(grain, nuts), others for cutting (leaves, fruits), and others for
tearing (flesh, meat). The ratio is 5 grain: 2 leaves: 1 flesh.
pro: Our intestines are longer than meat-eaters' and the length
suggests a vegetarian diet. If meat stays too long in the digestive
tract, it rots and generates toxins.
con: There are some amino acids our body needs which we simply can't
get from plants, we can get them only from animals
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