Health Editor’s Note: For the record, I have never wondered what humans taste like…ever….but am putting this out there for information sake….Carol
Human Flesh Looks Like Beef, But the Taste Is More Elusive
by Rachel Nuwer Smithsonian.com
Even if you have no desire to eat the flesh of fellow humans, it’s not so uncommon to wonder from time to time what human flesh looks and tastes like. io9 recently took up the first question and explained that human flesh firmly falls into the red meat camp. Beef, they concluded, would be the closest visual equivalent of a human fillet or rump roast. io9 explains the science behind the color:
Muscle’s red color can be traced to the presence of a richly pigmented protein called myoglobin and, more specifically, hemes, the chemical compounds that myoglobin uses to bind and store oxygen as a fuel source for active muscles.
According to the Meat Science section of Texas A&M University’s Department of Animal Science, pork, lamb and beef average 2, 6 and 8 milligrams of myoglobin per gram of muscle (that translates to a myoglobin concentration of 0.2%, 0.6% and 0.8%), respectively.
The concentration of myoglobin in human muscle tissues is relatively high – even relative to pigs, sheep and cows, coming in at close to 20 mg per gram of certain muscle fibers, or a 2% concentration of myoglobin.
But, according to the testimony of people who have actually eaten other people, the taste of human meat ….