There are some really dangerous foods from around the world out there that many people crave for, especially tourists, which are actually deadly to the eater and could prove fatal if extra caution is not taken.
If you look at it, it actually seems that these foods where designed or made to kill you.
But this is not the case.
In most cases, tourists, travelers and those indulging in these dangerous food see it as a delicacy or get a thrill from the deadly adventure.
No matter the reason, these foods are dangerous and could make one sick if they are not well prepared or in some cases could even prove fatal and lead to death.
The list below contains some of the common and most dangerous foods from around the world.
Fugu Puffer Fish
This dangerous fish food is meant for the most daring foodies. Fugu puffer fish, also known as blowfish is a Japanese delicacy that is usually eaten raw.
Considered to be the most dangerous food in the world, it takes only highly trained chefs to prepare who usually get trained for between 2 – 3 years to obtain a certification to prepare it; and this certification comes with a high failure rate.
The fugu’s internal organs contains the lethal poison tetrodotoxin, a substance which is considered to be 1,200 times more lethal than cyanide.
Yeah, you read that right!
When consumed, the poison slowing closes down the central nervous system without the person even being aware, resulting in paralysis and eventual death. This happens when the fish is cut the wrong way, hence the reason why chefs in Japan had to go through the tedious process of getting certified to prepare fugu. Just a single fish that is not well prepared is enough to kill 30 people; and a lethal dose could be as small as a pin head.
Despite this, the more adventurous consume this fish continually. According to News.com.au the Japanese continues to consume 10,000 tons of the fish annually.
The good news is that there are some certified chefs who can actually prepare fugu.
The bad news is that the poison doesn’t have an antidote. So, if your belly has a death wish, this is the food for you; so choose your poison wisely!
This could definitely be your last meal on earth even if you didn’t intend it to be!
Sannakji Choking Octopi
Second on this list is another sea creature, the Sannakji Choking Octopi, which is considered to be among the most dangerous foods from around the world. This is a Korean delicacy prepared by chopping up baby octopus into small pieces but which continues to move even after it has died.
The octopus still continues to move even after the limbs have been chopped up and the body covered in sesame oil and the suction caps still retaining its gripping power, enabling it to be able hold onto your mouth and throat and thus becoming a choking hazard. The octopus limbs actually tried to climb back to your mouth from the throat.
Death by asphyxiation is common among novice eater!
This is a case of food getting its revenge. Instead of choking on your food, your food might actually succeed in choking you.
It is advisable to be very careful with this one. In fact, for novice eaters, it is advisable to chew your food before ever thinking of swallowing it.
Giant Bull Frogs
Next on the list of the most dangerous foods from around the world is not another sea creature but an amphibian found in Namibia, Africa; the Giant Bull Frog.
The African giant bull frog contains a variety of toxic substances which are lethal to humans. According to the locals, the young frogs which have not started mating are the most dangerous because of a toxin that they carry.
Even if the frogs have started mating, eating the wrong part of the frog at any time of the year is a sure way of risking kidney failure. It’s true that you won’t croak to death from eating an immature bull frog, especially if you seek medical attention fast; but it’s certainly a high risk and price to pay just to enjoy a simple meal.
The best bet if you value your life would be to deny your palates this dangerous delicacy and just keep the frog as a pet as many people do around the world.
Cassava root is consumed by millions of people worldwide, and forms a vital part in many diets. It is found mostly in South America, Asia and Africa. Cassava roots, if not well-prepared can produce a very toxic poisonous substance called cyanide.
Actually, cassava roots contains a toxin called linamarin which the human body converts to the lethal cyanogenic glycoside when eaten raw or uncooked.
Though it is a sure means of getting a healthy dose of carbohydrates, one has to be really careful to make sure it’s well cultivated and cooked for eating, otherwise you might end up getting unwanted poison as part of your diet as well.
The Americans prefer calling it tapioca, and often finds its place in the preparation of pudding. Also, a number of people are allergic to the cassava plant and the American Cancer Society have made a warning that those allergic to latex rubber are more susceptible to getting poisoned and should thus opt for a more healthy dessert.
The Ackee fruit is an extremely popular fruit and also a popular delicacy in Jamaica; though it originated from west Africa and then found its way to Jamaica. This fruit, though Jamaican national delicacy is very dangerous and just a bite from an unripe fruit could cause coma or death.
The Ackee fruit can be eaten raw or mixed with other traditional dishes, however the danger comes with the black seeds found within the fruits which contains the poison hypoglycin that could cause severe vomiting known as Jamaica Vomiting Sickness. The fruit must NOT be eaten until its ripe and burst open by itself, and then the yellow-hued flesh consumed. The large black seeds inside the fruits are always poisonous and must never be eaten.
Though a delicacy, this comes with some risks and in my opinion, its best avoided.
Personally, I would just make do with bananas and apples.