Why Can Certain Animals Eat Raw Meat, But Humans Cannot?
The thought of this Tuesday is, why can certain animals eat raw meat, but humans cannot? This is a great question, one that many have pondered. Animals are all inherently different from each other, that is why they have different looks, genotypical order, and species. Have you ever noticed that most animals that eat meat, can do so as it is raw. Obviously, and more comedically, animals don’t cook. They eat their meat raw. Have you seen nature documentaries where a vulture feasts on a carcass, a snake swallowing a mouse whole, or a lion biting straight into a gazelle? We are wondering why they can eat raw meat, but humans, with the exception of some fish, need to have their meat cooked? Click on the read more tab to discover why!
Of course science plays a large role. Every animal has a different structure to their body. The stomach’s of different animals have stronger acid to digest their food. From an evolutionary standpoint, the acid has needed to be much stronger to kill parasites. The other issue with humans is that we do not eat our meat right away. We need to package and ship to grocery stores. The longer the meat takes to be eaten, the more of a risk it has to go bad. You may have seen on menus that most restaurants write that it is not advised to consume raw or undercooked meat. Read on to explore why restaurants write this as a liability.
Mad Cow Disease
The problem with consuming meat, is most of it is slaughtered and packaged in a factory with a high chance of contamination from the disease of one bad animal affecting the rest. If you remember 10 years ago, and appearing every so often is Mad Cow Disease. The central nervous systems of cattle are affected. In people, symptoms include depression, dementia, and some brain ailments. If not treated, this disease is fatal.
Trichinosis is a roundworm found in the muscles of animals. People can come into contact with this when they eat undercooked pork or game. This parasite will invade your digestive tract and release its larvae into your small intestine. According to the Mayo Clinic, you will feel abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Advanced stages happen when the larvae invades the bloodstream. Symptoms of this include weakness, headache, swelling of the faces, pink eye, and muscle pain. See a doctor if you think this may apply to you or someone you know.
Some meats are contaminated with E. coli. E. coli is a bacteria that is actually found in our gut, but some types of strains outside of our bodies are very dangerous. The Mayo Clinic notes that within 4 days symptoms will appear. These include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately summer time is when the most E. coli cases happen! Call your doctor if you think this is happening to you.
To prevent any of these complications from foods, always thouroughly cook your meats. You can even make a pledge to eat local meat from farms instead of factories. Have you ever eaten raw meat? How do you like your steak cooked? Do you enjoy sushi? Do you have any horror stories from undercooked food? Comment below!