Who would have thought that Tadpoles can be seen as a delicacy or medicine?
A recent video showing an adult feeding a young toddler live squiggly tadpoles straight out of a bowl sparked outrage across Weibo, after the video was uploaded on Chinese social media.
While the female adult’s face is not visible, she can be heard clearly telling the child that he was being fed “little fish”.
According to local news reports, the parents of the child believe that tadpoles, when consumed, can be beneficial for the child’s health.
When the video spread wildly online, many Chinese netizens confessed on Weibo that they also had been fed tadpoles in their childhood days.
Many castigated the woman in the video for using unscientific methods that could potentially harm her child’s health and well-being.
“It is this child’s misfortune being with such idiotic parents,” one Weibo user quipped.
Another commented: “It is terrifying that there are such foolish people despite modern education.”
A Chinese paediatrician with a following of close to 1 million on Weibo came out to advised parents not to feed their children live tadpoles.
According to Dr Pei, the practice of eating tadpoles was recorded in a Ming Dynasty Chinese herbology book as being helpful in detoxification and healing sores.
“In fact, eating live tadpoles could cause sores in children who did not have them originally, because they could contract infections from the germs on the tadpoles,” he wrote.
He posted a video and photo showing scope footage of tapeworms in the stomach of a child, which he said could be caused by eating live tadpoles.
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