But as far as the ambition and the aberration of the Japanese have come, to go so far as to eat their neighbor. In the city of Tokyo (Japan) the first restaurant in the world that legally offers Humana meat was inaugurated.
A scary restaurant nicknamed “The Resoto ototo no shoku ryohin”, which means in English “Edible Brother”, opened its doors to the Japanese public and from all over the world, where it offers its customers a varied menu where prices vary from 100 up to 1000 euros, that is to say the dish with human flesh, more expensive would be 1193 US dollars.
International news sources have reported that a tourist from the country of Argentina, was the first man to eat human flesh in the “Edible Brother”.
This dinner I think the following: “It seems like eating pork, in this restaurant they cook the meat with spices, so the taste goes unnoticed.”
In Japan since 2014 a law was approved that allows the consumption of human flesh, obviously conserving conditions such as the sanitary level of this and the origin. However, there is no doubt that at least 99% of the world population would not agree with these grotesque acts, so to speak.
And the question we all ask ourselves, how do they get the meat?
The people before dying decide to sell their bodies to the peculiar restaurant, approximately for about 30 thousand euros or 35,799 dollars, this is the balance that those interested can leave their families, logically they are the only ones who can claim the money.
Only people who die young can sign the contract, in which they are subject to a special diet, where the meat is suitable for consumption.
And would you be willing to sell your body to be consumed after your death?
Most of us are familiar with the Hannibal Lecter franchise, where an eccentric forensic psychiatrist is also a cannibalistic serial killer, but what happens when we eat people IRL?
In AsapSCIENCE’s latest video, “What If You Only Ate Human Flesh?” Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown explain cannibalism is not a far-fetched idea — when it comes to insects, snails, fish, or amphibians. For example, crab spider mothers lay unfertilized nurse eggs for her spiderlings to feast on, and once the eggs are consumed, she offers herself to be eaten entirely in the process called Matriphagy. But, when it comes to mammals, cannibalism is rarer and is typically triggered by environmental stressors, such as when rabbits eat their young under stressful situations.
So, can eating humans be nutritious for our health? Not exactly.
Our entire body is approximately 81,000 calories: the thigh is about 10,000 calories, and the heart is 700 calories. Close to half of these calories come from adipose or fat tissue, which makes us the less healthy option for dieters. Anecdotal accounts suggest we taste somewhere between pork and veal, while a culinary robot has identified us as bacon.
Eating human meat becomes risky due to the presence of prions — versions of the normal protein that had their shape altered, losing their function, and becoming infectious. These distorted proteins can influence other similar healthy proteins, and change them, causing a chain reaction, and creating disease. Specifically, prion disease creates holes in the brain, giving it a spongiform appearance, and ultimately causes death.
Unlike viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasitic infections, which contain DNA or RNA, prions don’t, which means they can’t be eradicated with radiation or heat. They could be present in any nervous tissue, including our organs and muscles. However, they are most common in the brain and spinal nerve tissues.
As a means of survival, eating people is probably the best option. Pedro Algorta, a man who was stranded in the Andes mountains for 71 days after a plane crash in 1972, ate anything he could find to nourish his body for two months, including the hands, thigh, meat, and arms of people. In his book, Into the Mountains, Algorta explained his decision and his group’s decision to eat the frozen dead came from a place of cold, distant logic; it was a survival tactic.
Eating human flesh isn’t always bad for us, especially if it lacks prions, but doing so carries an exceptionally high risk that’s not worth sinking your teeth into.