By Walter L. Voegtlin
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It is the only bulbous enlargement encountered along the alimentary way. When distended it has somewhat the shape of a small football, and its size indicates the amount of food the animaI can ingest at one time without discomfort. The chief functions of the carnivorous stomach are: 1) to serve as a reservoir; and 2) to dissolve the aliment (ingested food), which greatly facilitates its complete and rapid digestion as it passes down the intestine. The reservoir function allows the animaI to eat a fairly large volume of food at one time.
Such an end is not surprising; it happéns every day someplace in the world, that man-s-stranded amid lush vegetation-should starve, while plant-eating animals prosper, becoming fatter and stronger. Volumes have been written on the extreme difficulties of survival under similar circumstances, when man is deprived of all food except that which is manifestly adequate for the grazing animals of the forests and plains. From this philosophical starting point a reasonable theory could be formed: there are two sorts of animals: those who.
Except for oxygen, these substanqes are furnished by way of the digestive tract, or are synthesized by the body itself. The carnivorous animal and man can, of course, secure adequate amino acids for tissue repair, and fatty acids for energy, from a diet of meat and fat. Glucose necessary for the central nervous system and blood is easily secured from fat and protein by the mechanisms described above. Therefore, a diet of animal protein and fat alone is a complete source of nutrition for these animals and man.
The stone age diet: based on in-depth studies of human ecology and the diet of man by Walter L. Voegtlin