Vegetarianism, the parent of veganism, has been alive and well in India for centuries. In fact, India, due to the ideas of Hindu philosophers was originally the place in the world were the vast majority of the population shunned the eating of meat, for spiritual and health reasons, long before the Ancient Greek philosophers, such as Pythagoras; wrote about the spiritual and health benefits of avoiding meat.
In some respects, the Hindus undoubtably understood the varied benefits of vegetarianism, and because of their articulation on the subject, in turn, influenced other countries, such as the Chinese, Japanese, Tibetans, Burmese, Sri Lankans and others, to become aware of vegetarianism and the awful cruelty of killing animals for food.
The great thinkers and sages from Ancient India argued in favour of vegetarianism from varying viewpoints, such as
health of the body, the structure of our organs; the chemical analysis of food for nutrient value; and the moral and spiritual ideals of our lives.
Doctors in India agreed early on that animal flesh was one of the main causes of complaints such as dyspepsia (indigestion) consumption (TB) and various nervous disorders.
It was mainly because of the diet of animals fattened up for slaughter which was regarded as unnatural and diseased.
This unnatural food was force fed to the animals; and led to the transfer of germs and various diseases being introduced into the human system as parasites via animal flesh.
In addition, native doctors said that all flesh, being a product of nutrition, contains some refuse matter and impurity, because their elimination is suddenly arrested by the slaughter of an animal.
The early Hindu doctors and philosophers certainly knew a thing or two.
It is interesting to say, at this point, that many studies have indicated that humans are by nature more related to frugivorous animals than to the carnivora.
From the chemical analysis of different vegetables, cereals, fruits, nuts, etc., and from the constituent properties of vegetables with animal flesh, it can be shown that everything necessary for the growth of the muscles, the strength of the nerves, and for the nourishment of the whole body can easily be obtained from the vegetable world.
From animal food are obtained, proteins, fats and mineral matter, so from vegetables are these elements supplied in rich abundance, and in addition to these vegetable elements are carbohydrates, which cannot be found in animal food.
So why do people eat meat. Is it for nourishment? is it for health?
The answers must be no since nourishment from the vegetarian diet can be derived just the same without eating meat and it is much much healthier than the majority of meat-eating diets. In addition, people who avoid meat are healthier to boot.
Why, then, is meat eaten?
Probably because many children are brought up to eat meat without question and so it forms a habit handed down from one generation of parents to the next.
Also, a lack of nutritional knowledge, religious superstition, prejudice and ignorance may play a part.
It is best to remember that in ancient times agriculture did not exist, people lived on nuts, fruit s and other vegetables which were found in abundance.
Eventually the scarcity of fruits and nuts, forced people to live on whatever was found locally and certain powerful tribes emerged as being ignorant of agriculture and so lived on wild animal flesh.
This was how humans came to eat meat, by habit from family to family because of agricultural ignorance.
Thus, the natural food of humans is not animal flesh, but vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, etc., which grew organically upon the earth long ago.