Although monkey brains are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, there is no evidence that substantiates that live monkey brains are consumed.
The idea of eating live monkey brains is primarily fueled by Hollywood, having been featured in movies. Monkey brains are eaten in Asia, primarily Indonesia, which has stemmed a problem with overhunting. The practice of hunting and eating monkey brains is the target of many special interest groups, which find it inhumane, and cite the high intelligence level of monkeys as reasons they should not be eaten. One of the reasons monkey brains are consumed is that they are believed to be a cure for impotence.