What Happens If You Eat Human Brains?


Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin, I don’t know about you, but I’m excited
for all the candy this Halloween! Man I love my peanut butter cups! But after the sugar rush, I always want something
more …/savory/. With all these people out trick-or-treating,
what would happen if you ate, oh I don’t know, /human brains/? I obviously don’t approve of this by any
means, but let’s explore it anyway in the spooky spirit of Halloween! To figure out what happens when you eat people
and their brains, let’s take a look at the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea. Up to as late as the 1960’s, the Fore tribe
consumed their dead as a funeral ritual. They stopped because in a strange twist of
fate, scientists found out when they ate human brains, they could contract a disease known
as Kuru, which would feast on /their/ brains! Kuru is a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy
disease defined by bent and misshapen proteins, or prions, in your brain that degrade neurological
function. They wreak havoc on the gray matter of the
brain, leaving it looking like a deformed sponge. You could say this is no…laughing /matter/. But actually it is because its symptoms include
random bursts of laughter, along with tremors and severe headaches in the earlier stages
of the disease. The incubation period can last anywhere from
a few years to as many as 60, but once it starts, a person only has a few years to live. So, besides the obvious ethical reasons, you
shouldn’t be having any protein-people shakes just in case their brains got in there. What about eating other parts of the human
body, though? As a whole, a grown man totals a little over
80,000 calories according to a recent study. That’s quite a lot of protein and fat! It seems far more reasonable to just eat an
arm or an organ. Wow, did I really just say that? Anyway, an arm would be about 1,800 calories
while the average human heart has about 720 calories. So, if a cutie steals your heart this Halloween,
tell them they owe you a few Snicker’s bars from their candy haul to make up for it! While there hasn’t really been any diseases
associated with eating other parts of the body, it’s not the best nutritional idea
because of all the saturated fat you would get if your diet was primarily human red meat. The American Heart Association recommends
only about 5% of your daily calories come from saturated fat, so you should probably
stay away from human or fatty meats in general. Anyway, I hope you all have a safe and happy
Halloween! Tell those zombies they’d be better off
eating something other than your /brains/! What are you looking forward to eating this
Halloween? Let me know in the comments below. If you only eat human flesh, you definitely
won’t get the nutrients you need. If you want to learn why you can’t just
eat the same thing every day, check out this video! There’s a link in the description if you’re
on mobile! Make sure you come back every Monday for a
brand new video. As always, I’m Blocko and this has been
Life Noggin. Don’t forget to keep on thinking!

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