High Meat

There's a community of people who regularly eat raw meat, believing that it's healthier, being like what our distant ancestors would have eaten. And within this community, some of them consume "High Meat." This is essentially rotten meat. It's called "High" because it apparently makes you feel a bit high when you eat it.

The New Yorker offers some info:

High meat is the flesh of any animal that has been allowed to decompose. [Steve] Torma keeps his portions sealed for up to several weeks before ingesting them, airing them out every few days. (Like the bacteria in sauerkraut, those which cause botulism are anaerobic; fermentation destroys them, but they sometimes survive in sealed meats—botulus, in Latin, means sausage.) Vonderplanitz says that he got high meat and its name from the Eskimos, who savor rotten caribou and seal. A regular serving of decayed heart or liver can have a “tremendous Viagra effect” on the elderly, Vonderplanitz told me recently. The first few bites, though, can be rough going. “I still have some resistance to it,” Torma admitted. “But the health benefits! I’m fifty-two now. I started this when I was forty-two, and I feel like I’m in my twenties.”

Primal eating has its detractors: The Times of London recently dubbed it “the silliest diet ever.” Most of us find whole vegetables perfectly digestible. The notion that parasites and viruses are good for us would be news to most doctors. And even Vonderplanitz and his followers admit that high meat sometimes leaves them ill and explosively incontinent. They call it detoxification.

Below, watch a guy on YouTube eat one-year-old beef.

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 24, 2019
     Category: Food

"High" has been a euphemism for "spoiled" for a long time. I associate it with the 19th century. They're just reviving it.
Posted by Dr, Fian on 06/24/19 at 09:07 AM
Well, that ruined my appetite for the week. I think that at that point of decomposition, what remains is bacteria, not meat.
Posted by KDP on 06/24/19 at 10:40 AM
I'm wondering when eating rotten meat was stated as a new thing....honestly, I've got friends in northern europe, including a couple of Finns, and I'm well aware of some of the things eaten in that part of the world, and the reputation that is resulting.
(and yes, I consider fish a meat...it is the flesh of a creature, rather than a plant, and so, meat).
Posted by Alassirana on 06/25/19 at 10:51 AM
I know a couple grocery stores that sell that kind of (very expensive) meat but they limit themselves to 58 days and call it "aged". Also, they keep the meat in a controlled environment. However, one of my ex-coworkers told me that when he worked in a butcher shop, one of his jobs was to remove the green stuff on the "aged" meat before slicing it for the customer.
Posted by Yudith on 06/26/19 at 07:33 PM
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