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Vegan Bytes #61- What Are Humans Designed to Eat?
April 09, 2013
Vegan Bytes #61: What Are Humans Biologically Designed to Eat?
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*Nutritional Spotlight: Humans are Natural Herbivores
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Nutritional Spotlight: Are Humans Natural Herbivores?
I remember watching an episode of Survivor once where the contestants had to grab pieces of meat off a carcass without using their hands, and whoever gathered the most meat won the challenge. The only solution was for them to use their mouths, and in the process, a bunch of people chipped teeth, got cuts on their lips and tongues, and were ultimately really grossed out.
To me, this exercise should have made it clear to the audience that humans are not carnivores. We are built to chew on soft things, not rip and tear with our teeth. Of course, we have manufactured ways to take charge of other animals so we don't have to use our physical bodies to kill them (think: arrows, guns, knives, contained animal factory operations, etc.)
What we haven't factored in to the equation is that when we eat things we weren't designed to eat, we make ourselves sick. Likewise, when we stop eating things that harm our bodies, we can actually reverse those degenerative diseases that we created for ourselves. (More on that here.)
If you look at the anatomical build of carnivores, you can clearly see they are meant to catch, eat, and digest meat. Our human build is entirely different. For this fascinating look into our biology, click here to read the full article.
"Can I be blood type O+ and vegan?"
I've been on and off as a vegan/vegetarian. My blood type is O positive. I've been told with my blood type I must eat animal protein. It grosses me out to think about it. My doctor says I need more protein and fewer carbohydrates because of my sugar problems. I don't know how to balance the foods out the right way. What do you think; can you help?
This is a pretty common question that we get on Vegan Nutritionista, similar to another question about being "protein type" and eating vegan. A new diet program started based around the idea that people with different blood types need to eat different kinds of food.
So, should we follow a diet plan that says it's designed specifically for our blood types? Read my full answer here to find out what I think.
If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.
Vegan Travel: Joy's Place Kihei
Since we're talking about the best foods humans can eat for optimal health, one of the first restaurants I can think of to spotlight this month is Joy's Place in Kihei, Maui.
If you aren't planning a trip to Hawaii anytime soon, don't just look away. Do yourself a favor and indulge in some quick day dreaming. Just wait til you see the places we ate these awesome raw delights...
Joy's Place is a tiny deli-style shop about 2 minutes from the beach and just off the main road in Kihei, Maui. They make awesome raw wraps, sandwiches, and "burgers," and it was completely perfect beach food, so we ate it on the beach. Check out my photos and reviews of Joy's Place, and seriously consider jetting off to Maui at some point. It's a vegan heaven.
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Recipe of the Month: Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe
Now that we've spent some time talking about the healthiest foods for the human body, we should dedicate this month's recipe to salad. I know, I know, salad is boring. But this Caesar salad dressing is anything but.
In fact, it's outstanding, and it's the number one most requested salad I make for my omnivore friends.
I use a combination of tahini and miso paste, as well as vegan Worcestershire sauce to get the classic Caesar flavor. Tahini and miso will both run you around $5 for a container at most grocery stores, so I know these are more expensive ingredients. HOWEVER, they both last forever. You won't use them that often and they won't go bad for a long time, so it's a worthy investment into delicious food if you don't normally buy these kinds of things.
They might even be worth buying just to make this salad. You decide. Check out my vegan Caesar salad recipe and let me know what you think.
You can share your own recipes and comment on others by following this link to Vegan Nutritionista.
Vegan Product of the Month: Vegan Egg Substitutes
Non-vegan people are often quite baffled by what we could possibly do to replace eggs in our recipes, which if you stop to think about it, is kind of funny. Why is another animal's unfertilized egg being released such a critical part of our diet?
It's not a part of mine, and hasn't been for years, and not to brag, but I still can bake better than most people I know and have absolutely no trouble cooking without eggs. If you're a vegan who likes to cook, I bet you can say the same thing.
I do, however, remember my fascination with vegan egg substitutes when I first learned about them because I too was raised to believe we needed eggs to make baked goods rise and have the right texture, and I too enjoyed scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast.
When I first realized I didn't actually need eggs in baked goods, it was a revelation, and it was one of those steps that made being vegan for the rest of my life seem much less daunting. Learn all about vegan egg substitutes here, including getting a peak at the latest sensation in the vegan egg yolk world.
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That's all for this month!! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a great month!
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