One of the oldest and most boring arguments I hear against veganism is the view that our teeth somehow demonstrate our innate design to eat meat. Are human teeth designed to eat meat? Umm, no. I have wanted to explain this for a very long time, and boy, it feels good to let it out.
These are our teeth. Nice, right?
Many say that we have canines to tear into meat, therefore we are designed to do so.
These are our canines.
Notice how they’re VERY flat. Sure, they come to a very small point, but they are small and the same size as the other teeth.
And these are the canines of a true carnivore.
Fancy guessing which of those are the canines?
Yes as humans, we do have canines. However, we also have very important teeth, mainly our molars. These are what squash down and grind our food, yet many f0rget this when they try to argue that human teeth are designed to eat meat. Other animals that share molars such as ours are chimpanzees and mammals such as pigs.
If we were truly designed to eat meat, our teeth would be perfectly designed to tear apart meat with no help from utensils such as knives and forks. We need specifically sharp knives to cut steak, yet people will attempt to argue that our pathetic excuse for canines can do the same job?
There are also many animals that have canines, yet are herbivores. For example, the hippo. Check these bad boys out.
Not to forget pretty much all types of monkey.
Sure, some monkeys will eat small insects and the like, yet they don’t try to justify consuming animals twice their size because of their teeth. Oh yeah, they’re also wild animals with no alternative.
So, are human teeth designed to eat meat? Of course they’re not. The day you see someone tuck down on a steak with their hands behind their backs and no cutlery in sight is likely never going to happen, so don’t hold your breath.