The facts of human anatomy and physiology that show clearly that human natural
diet is vegetarian one hardly correspond with the present reality of vegetarianism.
At present there are several types of lifestyles called vegetarian but neither of them can be acknowledged as both natural and truly vegetarian at once.
According to the Definitions of the International Vegetarian
Union, the following types are to be mentioned:
- They consume dairy. Cow milk is
the perfect nourishment for a calf but how are we related to it?
By the way, traditional post-Buddhist vegetarianism in India, the country of holy cows,
belongs just to this type.
These eat eggs. Did you ever see eggs growing on a tree? Fruits of so-called
egg-plant only resemble eggs.
- Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian
- They do not refuse both eggs and dairy.
And this group farer from vegetarian ideal than those above is most numerous! By
the way, this type of diet does way not protect the adherents from problem of cholesterol,
eggs and milk is rich in it so far.
- The word semi means 'half', but do not think these eat
halves of fruits. These people daring call themselves with the honorable
name vegetarian live on animal flesh. They emphasize that only a bit.
But how one can be a murderer only a bit? And how can one be semi-honest?
- Their pesce is 'fish', much better than before. At least, fishes keep silence and don't bleed
After so many various animal-eaters ranked among vegetarians (predatorily
occupied the word vegetarian, if you will), people who really reject any
animal food had to invent new name for their lifestyle vegan.
However, this people need to consume some artificially fortified and enriched products because their
way of eating does not supply them with all the necessary nutrients such as vitamin
B12. In other words, this lifestyle is not fully natural. And since we
acknowledge vegetarianism to be the only human natural diet, we cannot accept vegan diet as that.
- They are most close to the true human diet as they
consume only fruits, and so avoid killing plants. However, they need to consume
artificial supplements, like vegans. Besides, they make two essential mistakes. Firstly they reject root-crops,
although these can be taken after the plant has died, and, secondly, they
mistakenly reject yeast.
So we see that there is hardly one natural vegetarian in true sense of the word among millions.
cause of this consists in the difficulty of being vegetarian. Several days of
really vegetarian diet will surely wake up a predator within you.
So, for instance, some famous people who had declared to be vegetarian, appeared later to be
They failed in adherence to vegetarianism, although they wished to be
numbered among this honorable group. However, we see now that people
who do belong to vegetarians are also not so as matter of fact.
These facts display vividly the difficulty and even impossibility
of being true natural vegetarian in the present culture of eating.
That means that something in wrong in present vegetarian diets.
The Buddha himself is mentioned in that list. He did not realize physiological
significance of vegetarian
diet, but he cared only moral purity.
However, all those people even
didn't know that genuine vegetarianism that involves consumption of ripe
fruits. And that's why they failed.