Anatomical evidence shows that we’re actually optimised for eating mostly or exclusively plant-based foods
Anatomical evidence shows that we’re actually optimised for eating mostly or exclusively plant-based foods. Firstly, we don’t have a natural instinct to chase animals in order to devour their raw carcasses. Instead of having sharp claws to seize and hold down prey, our fingernails are short and our hands are perfect for picking fruits and vegetables. While we may call our teeth canines, they are canine in name only. We are able to move our jaws up and down and side to side whereas carnivores can only move their jaws up and down. We also have flat molars which carnivores lack. Our intestinal tracts are very similar to herbivores because they are quite long. This allows our bodies more time to break down finer and absorb plant-based foods. Carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all the rotting flesh that they consume and their strong stomach acids kill the dangerous bacteria in meat that would otherwise sicken or kill them. Our stomach acids are not as strong which is why we don’t eat raw meat.