In my last post, I had a few examples on what I’d like to write about next on this blog. I thought I’d start with the first example. That example is mainly why people, vegans or not are ignoring facts about the physiology of humans and/or animals.
If you have been here before, you might remember I’ve sort of discussed this before, especially regarding why humans are herbivores and our precious family members with fur and four legs are obviously carnivores. Especially if they say meow or woof and wags a tail of sorts. Somehow, lately this fact is ignored – even by vegans in some form.
Many vegans say that eating a vegan (WFPB) diet is the optimal diet for human health. Yes, that’s true – but why? Well, it’s because humans are herbivores or perhaps frugivores. Why are we herbivores? It’s because we have flat teeth, we grind and chew our food, we have long intestines and we thrive on plant foods with a lot of fiber. Does your dog grind his food, or perhaps your cat with his or her’s flat teeth? I did not think so…
In our earlier days as humans, we got at least 100 grams of fiber a day. The daily recommendation today is around 25-30, which is just way too low. The smell of rotting meat is repulsing to us, and hunting and killing animals also feels unnatural for the vast majority of the human population. So is murder regarding our fellow human beings. Killing another human being is a crime in our society as well… A cat would not think twice to kill a mouse or a little bird, because that’s natural for a carnivore – to kill other living beings for food. A dog would not necessarily kill another animal, but a wolf would. That’s basically all that differs between a wolf and a dog, or something. The dog still has the same GI tract, teeth and more that their ancestral wolf does. I’m just writing down my thoughts here, so sorry if I do not sound 100% scientific. If you’d like to read stuff like that, go visit nutritionfacts.org or some other database with a lot of studies. And watch the video below (but ignore the part where he says humans are omnivores):
When vegans turn their dog vegan, they do so by saying that dogs are omnivores. That’s very far from the truth, and yes. I’m not a scientist or an expert, but I know this much. It disturbs me a lot thinking that the same arguments for why people should be eating a vegan diet, is so utterly ignored when it comes to the physiology of those furry beings that go woof or meow. Humans, cats and dogs (in this example) have some things in common, from what I’ve seen and learned. The thing in common is that we rarely die from eating the wrong food straight away (unless it’s a poison). A cat won’t die from eating some plants. A dog won’t die from eating plants. A human won’t die from eating meat. But will they thrive? No. Why do you think we get fat, die from different diseases? Why do you think we get alzheimer’s or strokes? It’s because we eat the wrong food for our species. The same is true for our carnivorous pets. They thrive on meat based diets, and get cancer and heart problems and diabetes from sugar-rich diets (aka carbohydrates, complex or not) and vice versa. We humans, get sick and fat from animal products.
We will survive for a while, even years, but we’ll die early from cancer, heart disease or perhaps diabetes instead of living healthfully to a 100+ years for humans and perhaps 15+ years for dogs (especially larger breeds) and more than 20 years for cats if we eat Biologically Appropriated (Raw) Food for our species. The raw aspects is more true for carnivores. Not so much for humans. More on that later. Does this means that we all are omnivores? That we need both meat and plants in our diets in order to thrive and be healthy? I say absolutely not. Humans do not need meat in order to survive in this day and age because we are shaped and made like herbivores. We might have while we lived in a hunter gatherer world, where food was scarce and we had to hunt animals in order not to starve. This is not the reality any longer. And the inuits (eskimos) did not live long and healthy lives. They died mostly in their 50’s or 60’s (or earlier) from extremely clogged arteries and heart disease. That’s what you get when you eat the wrong kind of diet for your species.
Humans, cats and dogs are very resilient, just like a video I’ve shared from my older posts about this subject from a vet. But humans are not omnivores, even though we have been conditioned since forever to eat an omnivorous diet. There is a huge difference from being an omnivore to eating an omnivorous diet! It’s a cultural thing to eat meat. Some cultures eat more meat than others. Some eat primarily vegetarian (aka vegan or plant based) diets. If this was true, both cats and dogs and humans are somewhat forced to eat the wrong kind of diet for their species, due to all the plant foods found in kibble/dog/cat food and our culture that teaches us to need meat in our diet, even if it makes us sick in the process.
Humans are also in my opinion really smart at the same time we’re so extremely stupid. We can build ginormous buildings, destroy the planet due to our inventions and tendencies to overpopulate, but we have no clue what our optimal diet is. And when we do find out – we do everything we can to try to be carnivores, which only makes us sicker. Not to mention all the processed junk we also eat. Really tasty, of course, but detrimental to our health.
A cat, or a dog or any other carnivorous animal that lived in the wild were not born to eat kibble, or processed food. Before this westernized living occurred, cats ate rats, birds etc that they caught on their master’s farms. Dogs ate scraps, but mostly left overs from hunts, or left overs from other dead animals. Kibble is something that’s been around since the 1860’s. Dogs have been around for at least 15 000 years and probably longer than that! We humans were also not born to eat donuts and drink soda all day long. Even though it’s so frickin’ tasty! You can not pick a donut off from a tree. You could pick an apple, though. Or pick some potatoes out of the ground or other vegetables. Drink water from a stream and get all that B12 you need. In today’s society, the B12 that naturally occurred in nature have almost all been destroyed due to our obsession with cleanliness. Ask any vegan and they’ll tell you!
As I’ve written oh so many words now about this, I do have to apologize for not sharing so many links to appropriate sites for more information. The reason why is mainly because I’ve done so in previous posts, so go back and read those if you’d like to know more. You can also watch a lot of videos on YouTube from reliable vegan sources that won’t mock up the truth. Some of those are The annoying Vegans, Mic the Vegan, Plant Based News, Vegan Gains, Vegan Footsoldier, That Vegan Couple and of course Dr. Greger’s nutritionfacts.org!