Is there some basis to genetic vegetarianism?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 03, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Report found at the follwing link: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120502/hate-meat-it-may-be-in-your-genes

The study basically outlines that some people may very well have a gene (if not 2) that intensifies the scent of the steroid androstenone in meats, which makes their intolerance to it that much more pronounced. Still doesn't account for those tree hugging, critter lovers who just do it out of choice though!

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on May 03, 2012
at 02:34 PM

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on May 03, 2012
at 02:57 PM

"People who are instinctively vegetarian or vegan or instinctively heavy meat-eaters, it could definitely have some sort of underlying biological component to it," says Kara Hoover, PhD, a biological anthropologist and assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Sorry Hoover but there has been no vegan or vegetarian hunter-gatherer in the history of humanity! Explain the evolutionary advantage to this gene???!!

Is there some bias - the researcher (s) being vegetarian/vegan??!!

People can have different aversions to smells - pork, seafood, red meat, organ meats etc. and love the smell of bread or pie baking in the oven! Does that mean everyone should gorge on pastries??!!

Much of this is learned which even the article suggests. Very few people other then specific cultures like certain Hindus and Buddhists are raised vegetarian, and even fewer people vegan. Dr. Kruse has told me that he has gotten lifelong elderly Hindus to go Paleo (not just lacto-ovo, but with meat) because of chronic pain and they were so desperate they wanted to reduce their pain and health issues.

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