The human body is physically designed as an herbivore.
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Designed - Function, working purpose
Omnivore - Eat food of both plant and animal origin
We are unable to digest rocks and can't gain sufficient nutrition from them. If humans simply eat animals they are omnivores. We are "designed" (not by a god but nature) to be capable of eating both plant and animal origin to get the required elements to survive as a species. These give us elements our body needs to sustain itself and be healthy. These allow the human body to live a life cycle set as it is today by evolution. Our natural development and abilities have come from our needs to function. Of course you can avoid eating meat but in general terms nature hasn't enabled us to eat meat for meat. Just like we don't eat plants to eat plants. It's about what we need, minerals, fats, sugars, etc. we described creatures eating both as omnivores to help identify categories. If you think we're not supposed to eat meat because we weren't designed for it is wrong because we can eat it and digest it to nourish ourselves. But, fundamentally it doesn't matter what you call yourself or what you eat as long as you can get the required elements to sustain your body.
What makes an omnivore- It is common for coyotes to raid farms and consume watermelon and other non meat foods. They also eat berries and scavenge for food as needed. Coyotes can be considered omnivores, yes. But with a comparison between omnivores such as the coyote, bears, and raccoons towards a human, the differences are large. The focus will be on the bear because it is a very commonly known omnivore. Bears are classified as carnivores but are classic omnivores, physically and internally. Although they eat some animal foods, bears are primarily herbivorous with 70-80% of their diet comprised of plant foods. Bears cannot digest fibrous vegetation well, and therefore, are highly selective feeders. Their diet is dominated by primarily succulent lent herbage, tubers and berries. In general, bears exhibit anatomical features consistent with a carnivorous diet. The jaw joint of bears is in the same plane as the molar teeth. The temporalis muscle is massive, and the angle of the mouth is small corresponding to the limited role the muscles play in operating the jaw. The small intestine is short (less than five times body length) like that of the pure carnivores, and the colon is simple, smooth and short. The most prominent adaptation to an herbivorous diet in bears (and other "anatomical" omnivores) is the modification of their dentition. Bears retain the peg-like incisors, large canines and shearing premolars of a carnivore; but the molars have become squared with rounded cusps for crushing and grinding. Bears have not, however, adopted the flattened, blunt nails seen in most herbivores and retain the elongated, pointed claws of a carnivore. In conclusion, the average omnivore is most closely related to a carnivore physically.
Where do humans stand? - The human gastrointestinal tract features the anatomical features consistent with an herbivorous diet. Humans have muscular lips and a small opening as a mouth. Many of the so-called "muscles of expression" are actually the muscles used in chewing. The jaw is flattened by a cartilaginous plate and is located well above the plane of the teeth. The characteristic "square jaw" of adult males reflects the expanded angular process of the mandible and the enlarged muscle group. The human jaw can move forward to engage the incisors, and side-to-side to crush and grind. Human teeth are also similar to those found in other herbivores with the exception of the canines (the canines of some of the apes are elongated and are thought to be used for display and/or defense). Our teeth are rather large and usually abut against one another. The incisors are flat and spade-like, useful for peeling, snipping and biting relatively soft materials. The canines are not serrated, but are flattened, blunt and small. The premolars and molars are squarish, flattened and used for crushing, grinding and pulping non coarse foods. The esophagus is narrow and suited to small, soft balls of thoroughly chewed food. Eating quickly, attempting to swallow a large amount of food or swallowing poorly chewed food (meat is the most frequent culprit) often results in choking in humans. Man's stomach is single-chambered, but only moderately acidic. The human small intestine is long, averaging from 10 to 11 times the body length The human colon demonstrates the pouched structure peculiar to herbivores. Humankind does not show the mixed physical features one expects and finds in omnivores such as bears and raccoons. Thus, from comparing h unmans to omnivores we must conclude that humankind is designed for a purely plant-food diet.
If now your argument is humans are designed to eat plants and not meat you can look at the human body and biology. Look at the evolution of species based on their diets. We see that species have evolved in certain ways to make it easier or more convenient to do certain things. Cows are herbivores and digest grass. Humans can't digest grass because they are not herbivores. To date evolution has made us capable of eating meat to our own benefit. Our species: Homo sapiens (primates) have always been able to eat meat since our ancestors who aren't Homo sapiens ate meat because of the research and archeological finds which clearly point towards that fact. So our species since it's existence has always been able to eat meat.
As humans we distinguished from animals by the advanced way of thinking. Therefore we name and categorize things to better explain and relate such things. The proper definition and explanation of an omnivore would be a organism designed to have a diet of both plant and animal. In my last post it was explained the comparison between our physical makeup. The human body is described also as most closely related to an herbivore. We have few characteristics as an omnivore. Yes we have evolved to tolerate meant but still, our body cannot hunt and kill and then tear open the flesh of an animal and eat it. We can't digest hair, fingernails, claws, raw meat. Our population has many diseases and health risks from our diet we choose. Human can in fact digest grass. They cannot live a grass based diet but the van have it as extra nutrients. Any species is able to eat what they find most abundant. Is it right? No. Does it pose as potential harm to the body? Yes. Go an entire month eating raw meat unstead of cooking it. Lile pomnivores do. Your body cannot live healthy.
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How can you be designed to ea some of. Othe. State that your were deigned as a herbivore. It's like saying cows or chickens are designed as carnivores. No, they are not meant to eat it and really can't.
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