Except . . .
That is kinda what I meant.
I was originally going to make this a post about something completely different, but because this topic seems to have taken off, I'm going to have to expound some more and leave the original topic for another day (Be on the watch for "'Eating for Your Blood Type' and Other Bologna Like That" -- I haven't quite worked out the title).
Since we were all in elementary school, practically, we've been told that humans are omnivores. Just like bears. Just like hedgehogs. Skunks. Wait, what? How in the world is our anatomy like a skunk's? Or like a bear's for that matter?
Just because we're capable of eating both animal meat and plants, doesn't make us an omnivore anymore than a tiger chowing down on grass for a little fiber makes him one.
|Carnivore||Reduced to allow wide mouth gape|
|Carnivore||Angle not expanded|
|Omnivore||Angle not expanded|
|Jaw Joint Location|
|Carnivore||On same plane as molar teeth|
|Herbivore||Above the plane of the molars|
|Omnivore||On same plane as molar teeth|
|Human||Above the plane of the molars|
|Carnivore||Shearing; minimal side-to-side motion|
|Herbivore||No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back|
|Omnivore||Shearing; minimal side-to-side|
|Human||No shear; good side-to-side, front-to-back|
|Major Jaw Muscles|
|Herbivore||Masseter and pterygoids|
|Human||Masseter and pterygoids|
|Mouth Opening vs. Head Size|
|Carnivore||Short and pointed|
|Herbivore||Broad, flattened and spade shaped|
|Omnivore||Short and pointed|
|Human||Broad, flattened and spade shaped|
|Carnivore||Long, sharp and curved|
|Herbivore||Dull and short or long (for defense), or none|
|Omnivore||Long, sharp and curved|
|Human||Short and blunted|
|Carnivore||Sharp, jagged and blade shaped|
|Herbivore||Flattened with cusps vs complex surface|
|Omnivore||Sharp blades and/or flattened|
|Human||Flattened with nodular cusps|
|Carnivore||None; swallows food whole|
|Herbivore||Extensive chewing necessary|
|Omnivore||Swallows food whole and/or simple crushing|
|Human||Extensive chewing necessary*|
|*For most people...|
|Carnivore||No digestive enzymes|
|Herbivore||Carbohydrate digesting enzymes|
|Omnivore||No digestive enzymes|
|Human||Carbohydrate digesting enzymes|
|Herbivore||Simple or multiple chambers|
|Carnivore||Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach|
|Herbivore||pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach|
|Omnivore||Less than or equal to pH 1 with food in stomach|
|Human||pH 4 to 5 with food in stomach|
|Carnivore||60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract|
|Herbivore||Less than 30% of total volume of digestive tract|
|Omnivore||60% to 70% of total volume of digestive tract|
|Human||21% to 27% of total volume of digestive tract|
|Length of Small Intestine|
|Carnivore||3 to 6 times body length|
|Herbivore||10 to more than 12 times body length|
|Omnivore||4 to 6 times body length|
|Human||10 to 11 times body length|
|Carnivore||Simple, short and smooth|
|Herbivore||Long, complex; may be sacculated|
|Omnivore||Simple, short and smooth|
|Carnivore||Can detoxify vitamin A|
|Herbivore||Cannot detoxify vitamin A|
|Omnivore||Can detoxify vitamin A|
|Human||Cannot detoxify vitamin A|
|Carnivore||Extremely concentrated urine|
|Herbivore||Moderately concentrated urine|
|Omnivore||Extremely concentrated urine|
|Human||Moderately concentrated urine|
|Herbivore||Flattened nails or blunt hooves|
By all accounts, we're naturally made to eat like herbivores. We're more like herbivores than any of the other species. We're built to digest like they are. We're made to process food as well as they do.
Carnivores (Lions, Wolves, Weiner and Nilly--my parents' puppies are pretty much the best dogs in the whole wide world) mainly eat meat. In fact, it's funny, since our allergy-prone Weiner (a Scottish Terrier) started having more raw meat in her diet, she doesn't itch anymore. And Nilly? The picky eater that would sit and stare at her bowl? Now scarfs her meal down like she's in heaven. Because that's how they're meant to eat.
Omnivores (Bears, Badgers, Rats) mainly...are not built like us at all...and eat pretty much a mix of everything.
Herbivores (Pandas, Koalas, Gorillas...and yes, humans) eat plants. Everything screams it. Yes, we CAN eat meat...but are we built to eat both lifestyles on a regular basis?
I want to call your attention to the list above again. Look at the lengths of the small intestines. Carnivores and Omnivores have shorter intestines because the meat needs to pass through them quickly. They get their energy quickly. Here's what I think: There's a reason we have so many digestive problems in the country like IBS, Candida, and other issues like that...the meat is sitting in our intestines; our looooooong intestines...rotting. There's so much length for it to travel, that it's doing more harm than good. Then, we pay out the ear for extra fiber supplements or laxatives (yeah, I'm gonna get a little nasty here), because most of the US population hasn't had a decent poop in two or three days! In fact (I'm not going to tell you who said this), someone once told me...I'll never forget it...that he usually only pooped once or twice a week.
Dude. That sucks.
But, no wonder!
We're built the way we are for a reason. And for some reason, we're hell-bent on fighting it.