Every country and culture has their own fair share of beliefs on what a child should eat in order to keep them healthy and strong. It goes from boiling all sorts of herbal plant and drink its extract down to patching an aching body part with different leaves to heal it, we all experienced it, and really, there’s no harm in trying, right?
But recently, netizens slammed a Chinese mother who was caught on camera feeding her young and innocent child with live tadpoles. Yikes!
In the video which first went viral on Chinese social media platforms, the mother could be seen enthusiastically feeding her child with not just one, but seven live tadpoles placed in a bowl.
“Look at the little fish,” the mother said while convincing her son to eat the live tadpoles which she claims to give the young boy a good health.
Well, her claims are not that odd as according to traditional Chinese herbology, live tadpoles can cure cysts and detoxify our body. This practice could be traced back to 16th Century during the Ming Dynasty after famous herbalist Li Shizhen recommended to do the practice in the Compendium of Materia Medica in 1596.
But despite its traditional therapeutic claims, pediatric surgeon Dr. Pei warned that eating alive and kicking tadpoles is very dangerous as they are infested with a parasite and could lead to sparganosis – a rare tapeworm infection caused by eating uncooked food.
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