The fundamental tenets of every religion prohibit the
eating of meat. Even if the religious point of view is set aside eating
meat is harmful according to the principles of physiology and health.
Anthropologists say that the structures of the bodies of carnivorous and
Herbivorous animals differ greatly from each other. Man's body is that of
a herbivorous animal. Hence, meat-eating is harmful to man and may cause
The vegetarian food contains more of fibrous tissue and
so food gets easily digested and helps the stomach to remain smooth Since
non-vegetarian food contains less of fibrous matter it may cause and
increase many ailments of the digestive system and even the occurrence of
cancer of the large intestine is not unlikely. The meat of the animals
that are killed contains the harmones and antibodies of those animals and
these harmful and poisonous substances will get into the bodies of
meat-eaters. To make cattle healthy and to make them grow well they
give them a medicine called B. E. S. and if this medicine gets into the
bodies of meat- eaters, they may get cancer. The occurrence of cancer is
noticeable in women who were given B. E. S. some twenty five years ago.
Even their children have shown susceptibility to cancer.
Thus in the bodies of animals there are many poisonous
substances. They, of course, throw them out through their urine and
excretion but there is the full possibility of those substances remaining
in the bodies of animals that die because when the heart stops beating,
all the organs in the body cease functioning. Those who eat the meat of
such animals surely fall victims to those poisons.
The content of cholesterol is greater in the fats and
blood of animals. These may cause intestinal disorders or heart diseases
and the cancer of the breast and of the womb may occur in the case of
women. Since in the bodies of animals there is an excess of proteins and
phosphorus, when they get into the bodies of men they may upset the
balance and proportion of those substances along with calcium.
The urine of meat-eaters is very acidic; so the salts
and alkalis found in the bones meant to maintain the balance of blood, and
the alkalis and salts in the body pass out through urine; and the bones
also become weak. On the contrary, the urine of vegetarians contains
alkalis; the salts of the bones are not passed into the blood; and so
their bones remain healthy and strong.
According to the Medical report of Harward Medical
School of 1967 ( Page 458), meat-eating mars and impairs the digestive
organs; and on account of the fact that the salts in the body change the
saliva into an alkali it cannot carry out its function in the digestive
If we look at the problem from the economic point of
If a sheep eats 7 pounds of grain, it can grow one
pound of meat. The fertile land and water that about 100 (20 families) of
those who consume only rice and water need, will be needed for the
subsistence of animals whose meat can suffice for 15 (3 families) of those
who eat meat.
1. Toned milk --100 ml. (one small cup)
2. Dal soup --30 grams ( one cup )
3. Ground nuts--15 grams (30 large nuts)
The price of these will be about 50 paise; and from
them we get 15 gms. proteins and 300 calories of heat but when we consider
non-vegetarian food i. e., 40 grams of meat or fish (containing 15 grams
of protein ), one egg of 50 grams cost 80 paise and they supply only 150
calories of heat.
Therefore, from these various points of view
meat-eating is objectionable.
If you take a look at the following chart it will make
clear to you which kind of food is more useful.