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Is consumption of blood more "dangerous" compared to meat?

There was a news-article about unnatural chemicals found in the blood of mothers. This reminded me about a question I have pondered upon from time to time. Now, I am not a vampire, but curious as to the nature of blood vs meat in animals. More specifically unhealthy components.

There are various examples of viruses being in danger of spreading by consumption of raw blood like ebola, H5N1 etc. (But then also meat etc.)

Perhaps easier if I throw out some questions to show what I am asking:

  • Are there more of such in blood then meat?
  • Are there other things that can be worse in blood even after preparing? Like cooking, conservation etc.
  • Are parasites etc. more frequently found in blood?
  • Are there organisms that are highly resilient to heat treatment found in blood?
  • Are there more heavy metals in blood then meat? (Which I assume cooking does not give much of a difference.)
  • Other toxins?

Some references:

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can you reference the news article you have mentioned please. –  The Last Word May 28 at 8:52
    
@potterbond007: I did not include it as it is not in English. Also, I have thought / wondered about this before, the article simply reminded me about the question. The article itself is a tabloid chock piece: vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/forskere-du-har-gift-i-blodet-ditt/a/… The particular subject at hand I have read about before and seen some docus etc. about, but my question is in regards to animal-meat/blood, not human ;), and more in general. –  user129107 May 28 at 9:11

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Is consumption of blood more "dangerous" compared to meat?

Actually yes, a simple high dose of blood is enough to kill. The cause is, though it is most important thing to live when flowing the vessel, it's highly toxic when consumed. There are high chances of getting haemochromatosis or Iron overload.

Source and More on this:

http://www.livescience.com/15899-drinking-blood-safe.html

Composition of Blood

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It's the same for menstrual blood? –  kenorb Sep 16 at 14:55

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