Three disturbing food trends: Bodily fluids edition

"Just RUN! You'll understand why later!"

"Just RUN! You'll understand why later!"

We here at the Hot Dish are an adventurous bunch. We're usually the first in line to try a new product or a new recipe, no matter how bizarre or outlandish they may seem at first.

But we draw the line somewhere, and these three stories currently kicking around the web illustrate that "novelty" doesn't always equally "nummy"...

1. New Zealand Women Drink Shots Infused with Horse Semen

The Green Man Pub in Wellington, New Zealand, is all the rage right now, with its shots of apple-infused horse ... ahem ... DNA.

*No horses were involved in the production of this condiment.

*No horses were involved in the production of this condiment.

Called Hoihoi tatea--because it sounds better than "equine jism"--this concoction is being served as part of a special menu competing in a Wild Food Challenge.

Wild?  Yes.  Food?  Um...

Although, it certainly brings a new definition to the words "horsey sauce."


2.  Chinese Scientists Genetically Engineer Cows That Produce Human Breast Milk

So, what is an enterprising country supposed to do after an epidemic of sickness caused by tainted baby formula?  Well, the answer is simple: Introduce human gene coding into the DNA of cow embryos and then implant those embryos into cow wombs.

Why would they do that, you ask?  Apparently, it causes the cows to produce milk that carries the same nutrients as human breast milk--except tastier!

It will be a while before you find this at the Wedge.  Years of testing will be needed to make sure toddlers won't start growing horns and sleeping upright.


3.  Japanese Scientists Create Meat ... from Poop

Yes, this story smells bad, and something about it leaves a funny taste.  But scientists at Okayama Laboratory in Japan have reportedly been working on transforming the protein found in human waste and "reappropriating" it.  Soy protein is added to better approximate the taste of meat--thereby placing these burgers on par with your average fast-food fare.

Many outlets are questioning the legitimacy of this story, as the facts don't seem to quite add up (the named scientist is apparently hard to locate).  But, if this is a hoax, it's too bad it's not very original: