Christians being called cannibals is not a new accusation. History shows how the Romans were one of the first to levy that charge against them, because of their belief of eating Christ’s body and drinking his blood. Yet this happens to be not just a misrepresentation of cannibalism, but also Christianity.
Cannibalism refers to the eating of dead human beings, however, Christianity believes that Christ rose from the dead and that the Eucharist is partaking in a living savior. In cannibalism, the amount of flesh on a corpse decreases as it is being consumed, which is not the case with Christ, particularly considering that the eating and drinking of His flesh and blood is metaphorical.
This also ties in with the fact that no nutritional value is being gained through the Eucharist. It is meant to satisfy a person’s spiritual hunger and increase their faith in the Lord.