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Man removes leg muscle to see what human flesh tastes like

Satisfy your morbid curiosity with a BBC science video that examines the taste elements of humans.

Cooked human
It's OK. It's totally cooked.
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

I just googled the phrase "Is it legal to eat human flesh?" I'm not sure I have the stomach to research the results too closely. Instead, I'll just settle for gutting my way through a BBC video called "What Does Human Flesh Taste Like?"

Warning: This footage is not for the squeamish. It shows some close-up biopsy action followed by an even closer look at some actual human flesh. Don't worry, though, the donor is fine.

The clip comes from the BBC series "Secrets of Everything." The BBC's Brit Lab YouTube channel published the video on Saturday after rooting it out from the series' archive. Brit Lab produces some original videos, but also highlights fascinating videos from the BBC's extensive science collection.

Presenter Greg Foot had a small piece of muscle removed from his leg. It's not legal to eat human flesh (even your own) in the UK, so he had to settle for a more roundabout way of answering the taste question.

Smell is a large component of taste, so Foot took his tissue sample to a lab that analyzed the "aromas of cooked human." Foot first sniffed his own cooked meat and declared, "Actually, that smells quite nice." He also describes it as "a lot richer than pork or chicken."

The odor analysis of the cooked BBC presenter turned up a close match for the smells of lamb and pork, which might lend some veracity to the unsettling term "long pig."