Since becoming a vegetarian in 1975, at the ripe old age of 36, I have constantly been told that humans are naturally designed to eat anything that had a face and a mother and pooped. This, obviously, was told to me by conditioned people that were addicted to the taste of flesh and blood.
Through years of searching for a side-by-side comparison of various eating types, I discovered an article entitled, “Humans are Biologically Herbivorous”. The article, which is lengthy, was written by a Physician (wonders never cease!) named Milton R. Mills.
Rather than try to re-write the article, I took another approach that would lend itself to more simplicity and easier understanding. Here goes:
CARNIVORES: reduced to allow wide mouth gape.
HERBIVORES: Well developed.
HUMANS: Well developed.
CARNIVORES: angle not expanded.
OMNIVORES: angle not expanded.
HERBIVORES: expanded angle.
HUMANS: expanded angle.
JAW JOINT LOCATION
CARNIVORES: on same plane as molar teeth.
OMNIVORES: on same plane as molar teeth.
HERBIVORES: above the plane of molars.
HUMANS: above the plane of molars.
CARNIVORES: shearing; minimal side-to-side motion.
OMNIVORES: shearing; minimal side-to-side motion.
HERBIVORES: no shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back.
HUMANS: no shear; good side-to side, front-to-back.
MAJOR JAW MUSCLES
HERBIVORES: masseter and pterygoids.
HUMANS: masseter and pterygoids.
MOUTH OPENING VS. HEAD SIZE
CARNIVORES: short and pointed.
OMNIVORES: short and pointed.
HERBIVORES: broad, flattened and spade-shaped.
HUMANS: broad, flattened and spade-shaped.
CARNIVORES: long, sharp, and curved.
OMNIVORES: long, sharp, and curved.
HERBIVORES: dull and short, or long for defense, or none.
HUMANS: short and blunted.
CARNIVORES: sharp, jagged, and blade shaped.
OMNIVORES: sharp blades and/or flattened
HERBIVORES: flattened with cusps vs. complex surface.
HUMANS: flattened with nodular cusps.
CARNIVORES: none; swallows food whole.
OMNIVORES: swallows food whole and/or simple crushing.
HERBIVORES: extensive chewing necessary.
HUMANS: extensive chewing necessary.
CARNIVORES: no digestive enzymes.
OMNIVORES: no digestive enzymes.
HERBIVORES: carbohydrate digesting enzymes.
HUMANS: carbohydrate digesting enzymes.
HERBIVORES: simple or multiple chambers.
STOMACH ACIDITY WITH FOOD IN STOMACH
CARNIVORES: pH 1.
OMNIVORES: pH 1.
HERBIVORES: pH 4-5.
HUMANS: pH 4-5.
LENGTH OF SMALL INTESTINE
CARNIVORES: 3-6 times body length.
OMNIVORES: 4 – 6 times body length.
HERBIVORES: 10 -12+ tomes body length.
HUMANS: 10 – 11 times body length.
CARNIVORES: simple, short, and smooth.
OMNIVORES: simple, short, and smooth.
HERBIVORES: long, complex, and may be sacculated.
HUMANS: long, sacculated, and convoluted.
CARNIVORES: can detoxify vitamin A.
OMNIVORES: can detoxify vitamin A.
HERBIVORES: cannot detoxify vitamin A.
HUMANS: cannot detoxify vitamin A.
CARNIVORES: extremely concentrated urine.
OMNIVORES: extremely concentrated urine.
HERBIVORES: moderately concentrated urine.
HUMANS: moderately concentrated urine.
CARNIVORES: sharp claws.
OMNIVORES: sharp claws.
HERBIVORES: flattened nails or blunt hooves.
HUMANS: flattened nails.
Here’s another piece of information to digest: plant foods leave the body in 2 – 4 days; flesh foods leave the body in 5 – 7 days. If a clump of rotting flesh sits in your body for a minimum of 5 days, where do all the poisons, chemicals, and excessive hormones that flood the animal’s body at the time of death go? And we wonder why we suffer from degenerative diseases!diet ] [ vegetarianism ]