It is accepted that eating meat accelerated our evolution, but it is unlikely to do anything more for us now, apart from increase our risk of some serious health conditions1 and premature mortality.2
Besides, some of the smartest people on earth didn’t eat meat. Pythagoras and Plato were vegetarian. Leonardo da Vinci famously said, ‘My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.’ Mary Shelley, Franz Kafka and Leo Tolstoy were also vegetarian. If they could achieve what they did without eating meat, we are sure you can reach your own intellectual potential on a plant-based diet, too.
Interestingly, studies show that being vegetarian or vegan is actually associated with a higher IQ.3 It’s not that being vegetarian makes you smarter, but the smartest people become vegetarian.
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1 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ‘Position of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets’, 2016 [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27886704]