A video has appeared online showing a science journalist cooking a piece of meat taken from his leg in order to get an idea of what it tastes like (video below).
Greg Foot was curious to know what human flesh tasted like, so he cooked the piece of meat before smelling the aroma, Daily Mail reported.
Since it is illegal to eat human flesh, even if it is your own, Foot produced a chemical analysis of the piece of meat he cooked and then created a burger to replicate it out of different types of meat.
Foot described the smell produced by the piece of flesh removed from his leg as “similar to beef and ale stew.”
After the flesh had been cooked, Foot was initially disgusted by the aroma. But that didn’t last long.
“That actually smells quite nice. It's really meaty... a lot richer than pork or chicken,” Foot says in the video, according to the Mail.
He is then seen eating the burger, which he made out of a combination of beef and pork.
“I think it's the closest I'm ever going to get to tasting human, and I tell you what, it's pretty good,” Foot adds.
Although Foot did not actually taste human flesh, the aroma of the piece of meat removed from his leg gave him a strong indication of what it would have been like to eat. According to Live Science, the sensations of taste and smell have a much closer relationship than we might think.
“The sensation of flavor is actually a combination of taste and smell,” Professor Tom Finger of Colorado University told Live Science. “If you hold your nose and start chewing a jelly bean, taste is limited, but open your nose midway through chewing and then you suddenly recognize apple or watermelon.”
In the past,human flesh was considered a delicacy in some circles, according to recent research.
A book claims that Britain’s royal family ate human flesh as late as the 18th century, and used body parts as a cure for illnesses, the Mail reported.