One of the biggest arguments that most meat-eaters have toward adopting a plant based diet is down to the fact that humans are omnivores. Omnivores require a balance of plant and meat based food, and as humans are omnivores, adopting a pure plant based diet is just nonsense as we are cutting out an entire food group that quite simply, we need.
For many years I didn’t have any strong enough response to this argument, (due to my lack of knowledge) until now.
Quite simply, I never thought to challenge the actual claim, are we really omnivores?
Well it turns out, just like most lies we are lead to believe as kids, we’re not.
After watching What The Health, a ground-breaking film that exposes the corruption in government and businesses, and the diets we’re told to follow that actually make us sick, I finally have a rebuttal.
I believe that humans are not Omnivores and never have been – we are Mammalian Frugivores.
Are Humans Frugivores?
Mammalian Frugivores are animals like a chimpanzee, orangutans or monkeys that eat and thrive on raw fruit, vegetables, roots, shoots nuts and seeds. Below, is a list of similarities we have with these types of creatures:
- A Frugivore doesn’t have sharp teeth like carnivores, or flat teeth like Herbivores, but flattened molars, incisors and blunt canines (similar to our own.)
- Next comes our jaws. Both Carnivores and Omnivores cannot move their jaws laterally, that is, from side to side. In contrast, Frugivores have great sideways, lateral movement and can also move their jaws forward, just like us.
- What’s more, our intestines are the same length as Frugivores at 9 times our body length. This is so we can adequately digest fruit, nuts and vegetables. In contrast, the intestines of Carnivores and Omnivores are shorter, 1.5 – 3 times their body length, so that toxic substances and meat are dumped quickly from their bodies.
- Another pertinent point is that Carnivores and Omnivores don’t need fiber to stimulate peristalsis, which Frugivores (and humans) do. Peristalsis is the wave-like, muscular contractions that happen within our digestive systems so that we can release waste through our anus.
- Finally, our saliva. Omnivores and carnivores have small saliva glands, and their saliva is acidic. Humans and Frugivores have big saliva glands and ours is more alkaline.
So, what does this tell us? Based on the simple make up of our anatomy, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see we have more in common with Frugivores than Omnivores. So the next time someone brings this up, you now have something to respond back with.
For more on this, see below chart (source) :