In the realm of bewildering food trends, there are things that sound a little unusual, but still generally safe for consumption, like deep-fried water, vegan flour-based “chicken,” and pork-flavored ice cream. Then there are people who eat raw meat that has been left to rot for months, even years, claiming that it gets them high.
Thriving among a community of adventurous meat eaters is “high meat,” which refers to basically any type of raw meat that is stored untreated for months before eating. Those brave enough to try the peculiar food have reported feelings of euphoria after consumption, but experts advise against it.
For one, there isn’t a whole lot of information online about high meats, besides being discussed over the years in obscure corners of the internet like carnivorous Reddit threads and paleo diet blog posts. The controversial food received renewed attention recently when it became the subject of collective intrigue on Twitter
This bizarre meat preparation method has people utterly bewildered.
"the back of my throat is starting to spice up now, because of like, the bacteria"
Imagine the smell.. i’m in so much pain rn
Naras Lapsys, a Singapore-based consultant dietitian, suggested that the high could come from “a whole range” of bacteria thriving in the raw meat.
“If you’re leaving this out for anything from days to months to years, who knows what kinds of [bacteria] are going to grow, and some of those bacterias might have chemical properties that are going to give you a high, or hallucination, or a feeling of euphoria,” he told VICE.
According to Lapsys, consuming rotten meat is really a “lucky dip” as to whether the bacteria in the meat is going to get you high or give you serious stomach conditions like food poisoning—or worse.
“[Letting meat spoil or rot is] a completely uncontrolled process so you just don’t know what kinds of bacterias could be growing on the meat. There's all sorts of bacteria—salmonella, shigella, E. coli—all of these things that our human body might really struggle with breaking down,” he said. “If we’re eating rotten foods, the question is: will our stomach acid do a good enough job to stop them from poisoning us? And the answer is often no.”
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It's weird when ARAs think everyone would stop eating meat if we just saw what happens in slaughterhouses because like.. many people DO see what happen in slaughterhouses, even in-person in real time, and still feel just fine eating meat. Touring a slaughterhouse is often required for veterinary school, yet most veterinarians (including farm vets) still eat meat. Even for members of the general public, there are educational videos of slaughterhouse processes available for free online from people like Temple Grandin; she herself is not a vegan and most people who watch it won't become vegan because of it. Unless you want to claim all those people, many of whom dedicate their entire lives to saving animals, are actually unnaturally cruel and heartless somehow, it just doesn't add up.
They seem to not realize that the people working in slaughterhouses are indeed real human people and not very many of them are vegan at all. They also forget many people slaughter their own animals or that slaughtering your own food was the norm for the vast majority of human history
I've seen the slaughter process in real time and seen videos of it, and regularly look at "nature is metal" type stuff all the time and im no more averse to eating meat than I was before
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