Now, the sour milk we were occasionally given was a different story. I was physically unable to drink it, however polite I wanted to be.]]>
“Patient must refrain from eating rare red meat during the two days prior to obtaining sample.”
I think that should answer all of our questions about whether or not rare red meat has blood in it. : )]]>
The rationale for such a policy, I would think, would come from Genesis 9:4: “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Since this is a Noachide law and not the Law of Moses then early Christians, while they claimed the Mosaic Law was fulfilled and/or applied only to the Jews, believed the Noachide law to be universally binding on all humanity and refrained from eating meat with blood for religious reasons.
(Evidently this Noachide prohibition lies behind Acts 15:20, etc.–the problem with “strangled” meat being that the blood was not drained.)
It’s not clear when the policy changed (in Christianity generally). I was in a situation once in which a Jewish professor mentioned that Christians today no longer feel bound by this injunction, and one of my Jewish friends looked at us incredulously and said “you guys eat *blood*!”
Personally, I don’t need a religious reason to refrain from eating blood . . .]]>
According to him (everybody hold your stomachs) it was like swallowing a bloody nose. It has the thickness of gel and the straight taste of blood.
I don’t know why you would need a policy against something as repusive as blood sausage. It seems that most anyone would have the sense not to eat it.]]>