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Old 01-14-2010, 01:57 PM
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I know mongolians and australian aboriginals would bleed cattle and horses and drink the blood raw as a staple of their diets. But i also hear of the dangers of unpasteurized milk and rabies infected meat.

If i killed an animal, it would seem a waste to lose all those nutrients. i would collect it and possibly boil it.

but in general im thinking along the lines of "im lost without equipment and im dehydrated. I manage to catch a squirrel/snake/fish/frog and cut it open" Would the blood be good to keep me going for an extra day or two or am I risking infection of some kind that will lower my chances of survival?

id like to hear the experts' thoughts
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Yup, it's safe to eat. I eat it a few times a week for breakfast in the form of black pudding. It's usually safe to eat raw as well, but not something I would recommend. It'll also make you thirsty, so don't drink it if you've got no water on hand.

A reference for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_as_food
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i would say not unles its cooked as there are many blood bourn parasites that can jump to people and it also depends on what kind of animal your looking at
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I know mongolians and australian aboriginals would bleed cattle and horses and drink the blood raw as a staple of their diets. But i also hear of the dangers of unpasteurized milk and rabies infected meat.

If i killed an animal, it would seem a waste to let all those nutrients. i would collect it and possibly boil it.

but in general im thinking along the lines of "im lost without equipment and im dehydrated. I manage to catch a squirrel/snake/fish/frog and cut it open" Would the blood be good to keep me going for an extra day or two or am I risking infection of some kind that will lower my chances of survival?

id like to hear the experts' thoughts
I don't want this to start into a Les Stroud vs. Bear Grylls debate, but I've seen Bear Grylls do this before on his show(and my general thoughts are to be extraordinarily skeptical and cautious about what he does).
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I'd say if it comes down to "keep me going for an extra day or two" it would be worth the risk. That being said it would have to be a no option left scenario. The Mongolians, Africans, Asians, and others drink blood as part of their culture and for nutrition (Who said watching TV wouldn't pay off) but it is from livestock or from an animal that they know is probably healthy.
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If I was lost at sea on a raft, I'd drink and eat bird and fish blood raw. I'd eat the flesh raw too. Otherwise never my first choice, but cooking is not an option at sea. You might be safe with a known healthy domestic animal, but I would not risk it with a wild one.
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Kenyan Athaletes, preparing for the Olympics, used to bleed cattle and mix it in bread dough to add protien to their diet. They would of course bake the dough into bread.

Many cultures make a blood sausage. German Blutwurst is but one example.
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redbone gravy, of course its cooked
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Boudin - Blood sausage.
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Boudin - Blood sausage.

Sorry to disappoint but Boudin Sausage is made with liver rice and other organs.....I have never had anything called boudain made with blood. I am sure the Cajuns make a blood sausage but it is not Boudin.
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Would the blood be good to keep me going for an extra day or two or am I risking infection of some kind that will lower my chances of survival?
The blood will be exactly as risky or safe as the meat of the animal. If you're happy to eat the meat then you should be happy to consume the blood. (try mixing it with a little oatmeal)
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Not for me, thank you.

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...abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

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Absolutely NOT.....do the research on blood borne diseases.....only if you cook it.....but like Temu says, the BIBLE says to not eat it at all( but Jesus would say, if it's all you have , eat it).
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redbone gravy, of course its cooked
Sorry, but redbone( that I know of) gravy is from Pork grease and coffee.......
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Sorry, but redbone( that I know of) gravy is from Pork grease and coffee.......
That is redeye gravy where I am from.
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Not for me, thank you.

Acts 15:20

...abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

What about hamburger or a steak?
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Blackpudding mmhhhhhh tastey.

There are people all over the world that digest raw blood, I dont know about Australian Aborigines but I do know there are tribes in Africa that do this as part of their diet.

Not something I can see me doing other than a dire emergancy but Good Question
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yep...redEYE is pork grease and coffee...don't know about redBONE.
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I know mongolians and australian aboriginals would bleed cattle and horses and drink the blood raw as a staple of their diets. But i also hear of the dangers of unpasteurized milk and rabies infected meat.
True, but also remember that these cultures have built up a resistance since they were probably born to certain things in that blood/unpasteurized milk/bad meat.

Here in USA, everything is generally so sanitized we have little tollerance for dirty lettuce.
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but in general im thinking along the lines of "im lost without equipment and im dehydrated. I manage to catch a squirrel/snake/fish/frog and cut it open" Would the blood be good to keep me going for an extra day or two or am I risking infection of some kind that will lower my chances of survival?
In this situation, I dont care if the blood was so filled with parasites that it wiggled on its own. When it comes to life or death, sustain yourself first, worry about the consequences IF there is a later.

BUUUTT!!! If it is just dehydration setting in, drinking blood would actually be a little worse since it will take more water to break down the protiens in your stomach. Kind of like eatting when dehydrated. Boiling the blood will only reduce the water content making it even worse. Maybe you an separate the plasma from the other cells in the blood somehow. Like putting it in a clear bottle, tie a rope arround the lid and swing it in fast circles for a while to act like a centrifuge. This should separate the soilds from the plasma will be in the "clearer" top layer.
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Whenever I make a sacrifice, be it animal or human virgin I always drink the blood
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