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  • - [Narrator] Did you know that cannibalism used

  • to be a popular medical remedy?

  • That's right, in the 17th century, well before Advil,

  • Europeans would ingest ground up mummies for headaches.

  • And human fat, blood, and bone were used to treat everything

  • from gout to nosebleeds, yet cannibalism is largely absent

  • and morally frowned upon today.

  • But let's forget the social quagmire.

  • There are plenty of reasons

  • why you shouldn't eat people these days.

  • For starters, we now know that human meat

  • is a surprisingly low source of calories

  • compared to other red meats.

  • According to one study, human muscle contains

  • about 1,300 calories per kilogram.

  • That's less than beef, and nothing compared

  • to bear and boar meat.

  • Now you might think this would actually make human burgers

  • a great low cal alternative,

  • until you remember you're probably trying to eat humans

  • because you're starving to death.

  • So low cal is the opposite of what you want,

  • plus it's not worth taking the risk if you could help it.

  • It turns out we carry some pretty nasty diseases

  • that make 24-hour food poisoning look like the sniffles.

  • Eat someone raw, and you risk contracting

  • any bloodborne diseases they carry.

  • But even if you cook the meat,

  • it still won't always go so well for you.

  • Case in point are the Fore people of Papua New Guinea.

  • The would eat the body and brain

  • of the deceased family members out of cultural tradition.

  • But that practice stopped after hundreds of people died

  • in the 1950s and '60s from an otherwise

  • rare neurological disorder which they contracted

  • from eating infected human brains.

  • The brain tissue contained prions, deadly misfolded proteins

  • that form spongy holes in your brain.

  • They survive the cooking process and, if eaten,

  • are highly contagious.

  • On the legal side of things,

  • cannibalism falls into a gray area.

  • Oddly enough, cannibalism itself isn't illegal

  • in the US or UK, but you probably committed some crime

  • along the way to get that slab of meat,

  • grave robbing, desecration of a corpse,

  • murder and maybe all of the above.

  • One exception that won't put you behind bars

  • is if you eat yourself.

  • Yep, that's a thing.

  • It's called autocannibalism.

  • The most common example today, called placentophagy,

  • is when a woman eats her placenta after giving birth.

  • The idea is that it could raise energy levels

  • and reduce the risk of postpartum depression

  • by stabilizing hormones,

  • but the science is still out

  • on whether there's any real benefit.

  • Regardless, this ancient practice

  • has recently found new life in Western culture.

  • Kim Kardashian and Alicia Silverstone

  • have reportedly done it.

  • And there are numerous US companies

  • that will grind your placenta into a powder

  • so you could take it like any other vitamin supplement,

  • but the CDC warns that even this cutting edge form

  • of cannibalism is a bad idea

  • because it could transfer a harmful bacteria

  • from mother to child.

  • So if you have a hankering for human,

  • maybe try some pork instead.

  • After all, that's what we taste like.

  • Oh, wait, wait, I mean according to cannibals.

  • What do you wanna know about nutrition?

  • Leave a comment.

  • (upbeat music)

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