News

MD Debunks Myth that Humans Evolved to Eat Meat

Doctor Shivam Joshi points to homosapiens' herbivorous ancestors and inability to digest cooked meat as proof that the Paleo diet is preposterous.

In a recent feature on Huffington Post, Shivam Joshi, MD stipulated that homosapiens did not evolve to eat meat. Joshi points out that early humans ate opportunistically, and only recently discovered that our meat-heavy diets are contributing factors to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Further, Joshi revealed that human digestive tracts and dental composition resemble those of herbivores due to our common evolutionary processes. “Humans descended from a long line—roughly 40 million years—of herbivorous ancestors that is shared with living primates,” Joshi said, “which is why we are so closely related to chimpanzees.” The doctor compares humans eating meat to dogs consuming chocolate in that neither evolved to do so, evidenced by the negative side-effects experienced in both scenarios. “If we look at the totality of human evolution,” Joshi concluded, “we find that our lineage has not only survived, but thrived on a plant-based fare.” A number of studies have linked meat consumption with increased risk of disease. Conversely, research has shown that eating plants promotes optimal health.

More News

Beyoncé Debuts New Vegan Meal-Planning App

The 22 Days Nutrition program—which the singer co-owns with nutritionist Marco Borges—has launched a new meal-planning feature to make vegan food accessible to all.
Read More »

Costco Sells 1 Million Vegan Burgers in 60 Days

Don Lee Farms' organic plant-based burger exceeded sales expectations and will soon be available in restaurants and the brand's other partner stores.
Read More »

James Cameron Hopes Veganism Will Make Viagra Obsolete

The celebrated director discusses The Game Changers, a film that showcases the benefits—such as longer-lasting and more frequent erections—of a plant-based diet.
Read More »

German Brand Develops Vegan Mushroom Shoe Line

Mushroom leather is the latest alternative to animal leather.
Read More »

Casey Neistat: Impossible Slider Is "Beefier Than Beef"

During a taste-test in Brooklyn, the respected YouTube personality said the animal-based cheeseburger at White Castle tasted "like mush," while the new plant-based Impossible Slider tasted "like meat."
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »