Why Humans are natural vegetarians

Why Humans are natural vegetarians

Some people still mistakenly believe that humans are born to be meat-eaters. An objective comparison between the characteristics of naturally vegetarian animals and naturally canivorous ones, as outlined in the table below, reveals the fallacy of that supposition:

 

Vegetarian

 

Meat-eater

 

Human

 

Hands/hoofs as appendages

Claws as appendages

Hands as appendages

Teeth flat

Teeth sharp

Teeth flat

Long intestine to digest fully nutrients in plant food

Short intestines, allow rapid excretion

Long intestines to digest full nutrients in plant foods; flesh can cause constipation`

Sweats to cool body

Pants to cool body

Sweats to cool body

Sips water

Laps water

Sips water

Vitamin C obtained solely from diet

Vitamin C manufactured internally

Vitamin C obtained solely from diet

Exists largely on a fruit and nut diet

Consumes flesh exclusively

Diet depends on environment, high adaptable

Grasping hands capable of using tools or weapons

No manual dexterity

Grasping hands capable of using tools or weapons

Inoffensive excrement

Putrid excrement

Offensiveness of excrement depends on diet

Snack feeder

Large meals infrequently taken

Combines habits of vegetarians and flesh eaters.

Predominantly sweet-toothed

Preference for salty/fatty foods

Likes both sweet and salty/fatty food

Likes to savour food, experiment with variety, combine flavours

Bolts down food

Likes to savour food, experiment with variety, combine flavours

Large brains, able to rationalize

Small brains, less capable of adaptive behaviour

Large brains, able to rationalize

 

Why Humans are natural vegetarians chart taken from:  The realeat encyclopedia of Vegetarian Living, Peter Cox

It is sometimes suggested that the existence of canine teeth in humans proves that we are adapted to eat meat. In fact, this is not the case. In primates, canines function as both defence weapons and visual threat devices. Most significantly, the primates with the largest canines – gorillas and gelada baboons – both have strictly vegetarian diets.

Anyway i could go on for a while about why humans are natural vegetarians, but i wont, i just thought that the above table made interesting reading.

 why humans are natural vegetarians

 

By |2012-12-14T15:53:59+00:00December 14th, 2012|Health & Wellbeing, Organic Veg / Food|0 Comments