Unsettling video of freshly cut meat 'spasming' is making people want to turn vegetarian

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By Asiya Ali

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Bizarre footage showing meat spasming has left many people considering plant-based diets as a permanent dietary choice.

The resurfaced video - which was shared on the X account @weirdterrifying - reveals a butcher holding a slab of meat to the camera so viewers can get a better look at it.

After the meat is slathered in salt - which is done to draw out the water from the surface and help preserve it in the long run - it suddenly erupts into spasms.

This unpleasant side effect makes the flesh look as though it were still alive, leaving many people feeling very disturbed.

Check out the unsettling video below:

In response to the video being shared on the platform X, one shocked user wrote: "I’m a vegetarian now," while another shared a similar comment: "Planning vegetarian diet from now on, that’s horrible!!"

A third user was so stunned by the uneasy clip that they penned: "OHMYGoodness! THIS FREAKED ME OUT I thought there was something in it like worms or something...umm yeah, I'ma give beef a break maybe."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization also slid into the comment section to offer their thoughts, stating: "Here’s a reminder that your meat was once a living being. Horrified? Go vegan."

In another tweet, they added: "We can harm fewer plants by going vegan, because eating plants directly, rather than feeding them to animals and then butchering those animals for their flesh, requires far fewer plants and hurts fewer animals."

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Well, there's no need to panic as there's a scientific explanation behind the contractions.

According to NPR, when salt (or a salty substance such as soy sauce) is added to freshly killed flesh it causes a chemical reaction that forces the intact and still operational muscles to spasm.

"Extra sodium (the salt) sends ions to the cell that trigger the cell to open up, creating a cascade of chemical activities that causes the cell to fire, so the muscle twitches," Robert Krulwich from NPR explained.

Lv Suwen, an expert at the local animal health department also added: "You can rest assured, this piece of meat is very fresh and is from a freshly slaughtered animal," per Daily Mail.

"The central nervous system is dead but the nerve-endings in the muscles are still firing resulting in the jumping, because the nerves are not yet dead. This will stop after a short time," she added.

Featured image credit: Magnetcreative / Getty

Unsettling video of freshly cut meat 'spasming' is making people want to turn vegetarian

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Bizarre footage showing meat spasming has left many people considering plant-based diets as a permanent dietary choice.

The resurfaced video - which was shared on the X account @weirdterrifying - reveals a butcher holding a slab of meat to the camera so viewers can get a better look at it.

After the meat is slathered in salt - which is done to draw out the water from the surface and help preserve it in the long run - it suddenly erupts into spasms.

This unpleasant side effect makes the flesh look as though it were still alive, leaving many people feeling very disturbed.

Check out the unsettling video below:

In response to the video being shared on the platform X, one shocked user wrote: "I’m a vegetarian now," while another shared a similar comment: "Planning vegetarian diet from now on, that’s horrible!!"

A third user was so stunned by the uneasy clip that they penned: "OHMYGoodness! THIS FREAKED ME OUT I thought there was something in it like worms or something...umm yeah, I'ma give beef a break maybe."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization also slid into the comment section to offer their thoughts, stating: "Here’s a reminder that your meat was once a living being. Horrified? Go vegan."

In another tweet, they added: "We can harm fewer plants by going vegan, because eating plants directly, rather than feeding them to animals and then butchering those animals for their flesh, requires far fewer plants and hurts fewer animals."

wp-image-1263227485 size-full
Credit: Bonfanti Diego / Getty

Well, there's no need to panic as there's a scientific explanation behind the contractions.

According to NPR, when salt (or a salty substance such as soy sauce) is added to freshly killed flesh it causes a chemical reaction that forces the intact and still operational muscles to spasm.

"Extra sodium (the salt) sends ions to the cell that trigger the cell to open up, creating a cascade of chemical activities that causes the cell to fire, so the muscle twitches," Robert Krulwich from NPR explained.

Lv Suwen, an expert at the local animal health department also added: "You can rest assured, this piece of meat is very fresh and is from a freshly slaughtered animal," per Daily Mail.

"The central nervous system is dead but the nerve-endings in the muscles are still firing resulting in the jumping, because the nerves are not yet dead. This will stop after a short time," she added.

Featured image credit: Magnetcreative / Getty