Why I think humans are more like herbivores, than carnivores or omnivores

To be upfront, I am not a vegetarian. Although I did try a vegan diet more than once and fell off of it after a few weeks. Most of the information that I have on the matter comes from medical doctor Milton R. Mills, who some have claimed to debunk, but I've read most of the debunking material and find their debunking claims insufficient. You can read his original paper here.

Let's start by comparing traits of the average mammalian carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, to each other and then see which one humans relate to the most.


FACIAL MUSCLES
CarnivoresReduced
OmnivoresReduced
HerbivoresWell Developed
HumansWell Developed

JAW TYPE
CarnivoresAngle, Not Expanded
OmnivoresAngle, Not Expanded
HerbivoresExpanded Angle
HumansExpanded Angle

JAW MOTION
CarnivoresShearing
OmnivoresShearing
HerbivoresNo Shearing
HumansNo Shearing

TEETH, INCISORS
CarnivoresShort, Pointed, & Cone-shaped
OmnivoresShort, Pointed, & Cone-shaped
HerbivoresShort, Flat, & Spade-shaped
HumansShort, Flat, Spade-Shaped

TEETH, CANINES
CarnivoresLong, Sharp, & Cone-shaped
OmnivoresLong, Sharp, & Cone-shaped
HerbivoresCone-shaped, Spade-shaped, or Box-shaped
HumansShort Flat, Spade-Shaped

TEETH, MOLARS
CarnivoresSharp & Jagged
OmnivoresSharp & Jagged
HerbivoresDull With Cusps
HumansDull With Cusps

CHEWING
CarnivoresMinor Chewing
OmnivoresMinor Chewing
HerbivoresMajor Chewing
HumansMajor Chewing

SALIVA
CarnivoresNo Cellulose Digesting Enzymes
OmnivoresNo Cellulose Digesting Enzymes
HerbivoresHas Cellulose Digesting Enzymes
HumansHas Cellulose Digesting Enzymes

STOMACH ACIDITY
Carnivores≤ PH1
Omnivores≤ PH1
Herbivores≥ PH4
Humans≥ PH4

SMALL INTESTINE LENGTH
Carnivores3-6 Times Body Length
Omnivores4-6 Times Body Length
Herbivores10-12+ Times Body Length
Humans10-11 Times Body Length

COLON
CarnivoresSimple, Short, Smooth
OmnivoresSimple, Short, Smooth
HerbivoresLong, Sacculated, & Complex
HumansLong, Sacculated

DIGEST OF RAW MEAT PROPERLY
CarnivoresYes
OmnivoresYes
HerbivoresNo
HumansNo

DIGEST RAW VEGETATION PROPERLY
CarnivoresNo
OmnivoresNo
HerbivoresYes
HumansYes

LIVER
CarnivoresCan Detoxify Vitamin A
OmnivoresCan Detoxify Vitamin A
HerbivoresCannot Detoxify Vitamin A
HumansCannot Detoxify Vitamin A

KIDNEY
CarnivoresExtremely Concentrated Urine
OmnivoresExtremely Concentrated Urine
HerbivoresModerately Concentrated Urine
HumansModerately Concentrated Urine

NAILS
CarnivoresSharp Claws
OmnivoresMostly Sharp Claws, or Few Blunted Hooves
HerbivoresBlunted Hooves
HumansFlattened Nails

HEAT REGULATION
CarnivoresPants
OmnivoresPants
HerbivoresSweats
HumansSweats

EYE LOCATION
CarnivoresFront Of Head
OmnivoresFront Or Side Of Head
HerbivoresSide Of Head
HumansFront Of Head

SLEEP PEROID
CarnivoresShort, More Often
OmnivoresShort, More Often
HerbivoresLong, Less Often
HumansLong, Less Often

So in summary, based on the information I provided above, out of 19 traits, humans have 14 traits similar to herbivores, and 1 trait similar to carnivores, 0 similar to omnivores, with 4 traits not being similar to any.

We can look at the end result and see that a majority vegans & vegetarians do not suffer from Heart Disease, the United States number one cause of death. There are so many studies and surveys that support this, but I'm not going to cherry pick details as they vary wildly.

In the end, I personally believe humans were designed & evolved to adapt. This helps us survive harsh environments. Yes, if we cook it, we can eat meat. Meaning we can survive long winters on meat when there is nothing else edible to consume. Although personally, from an ethical viewpoint, I think meat consumption should only be a means to prevent starvation.






















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