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People are consuming rotten meat in a bid to get ‘high’

‘High-meat’ is the new food trend that involves consuming rotten flesh in order to feel euphoric. Health experts strongly advise against it.

Dubbed ‘high meat’ due to the supposed euphoric feeling after consumption, those who eat it describe the taste as “cheesy and more acidic than your average steak”. However, the health consequences associated with eating rotting flesh may halt any initial curiosity to try this questionable ‘trend’.

Singapore-based consultant dietitian, Naras Lapsys, suggested to Vice that this ‘high’ may come from the range of uncontrolled bacteria that flourish in raw meat, which will inevitably “give you a high, or hallucination, or a feeling of euphoria”. Whether or not you experience euphoria or stomach splitting agony, is completely up to chance.

Rotten Meat
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Sure, people have been consuming raw, cured and fermented meats for centuries. Think salami, salmon, jerky and carpaccio to name a few! However, there is a huge difference between raw and literally rottingΒ cuisine.

The environment under which raw and fermented meat is produced is highly controlled and monitored so that it is safer to eat.

The number of harmful bacteria and toxins carried in rotting proteins are incredibly dangerous.

When you eat rotting flesh, you expose your body to an array of threatening bacteria, including salmonella and staphylococcus. The human body ‘might struggle to break down certain bacteria, which can then lead to “…food poisoning, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues,” according to Live Strong – how sweet!

One Twitter user posted about their positive experience with ‘high meat’:

 

Others were not so convinced:

 

 

 

I don’t know about you, but the idea of those nasty organisms disrupting my precious gut biome triumphs any desire to feel euphoric. Just smoke weed or something, Jesus.