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, other dead animals not fit for consumption and excessive hormones that flood the animal’s body at the time of death go? And we wonder why we suffer from degenerative diseases!
Eat right. Live longer.