The Most DANGEROUS Foods People Actually Eat!Feb 27, 2020
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actuallyeat! 10 - Raw Baby Octopus Also known as San-nakji, this dish is basically a small raw octopus that is sometimes eaten alive. Even if it is not alive before consumption, many of the nerve cells are still activated and the tentacles are still moving. This really strange feature is due to its nervous system with neurons located in the arms. Getting over that mental hurdle of moving tentacles isn't the hard part. Being able to swallow the tentacles is the
mostdifficult task here. The tentacles contain miniature suction cups that continue to work even when the octopus is not alive.
Yes. They can hold on to someone's throat. Do I really need to mention choking hazards here? Would you eat a raw baby octopus? Tell us in the comments! And oh yeah, do us a favor, hit that like button down here! 9 - Hakarl The fact that humans still eat rotten shark meat today makes you wonder how we evolved to become the most intelligent and advanced species to ever roam the planet. But you know what, here we are! This dish is from Iceland, where Hakarl is a traditional dish. Hakarl is a mix of Greenland Shark and other Sleeper Sharks that is hung to dry for five months to ferment before eating.
Sounds appetizing yet? Since this fresh shark meat is poisonous when fresh with high urea and trimethylamine oxide content, chefs have to put a lot of effort into preparing it for consumption. When sharks are first caught, they are gutted and placed in a shallow sandy hole for several weeks. Strips of meat are then hung for five months. Just try to imagine THAT smell! Hákarl contains a large amount of ammonia and has a strong odor, similar to many cleaning products. People trying it for the first time apparently involuntarily choke on the first attempt to eat it due to the high ammonia content!
Yeah, that's going to be a no for me, mate. Beginners are advised to pinch their nose when taking the first bite, as the smell is much stronger than the taste. While this is a highly regarded dish in Iceland, the rest of the world seems to hate Hakarl. Anthony Bourdain described it as "the worst, most disgusting, terrible-tasting thing." Chef Gordon Ramsay tasted it and… well, you can guess how it went. Regardless, not only can this meat be
dangerousif not prepared correctly, the payoff seems to be practically non-existent! 8 - Casu Marzu Does rotten cheese made from sheep's milk with worms swimming in it sound tasty?
It is soft cheese with putrid liquid from wormy worms. However, there are Italians who like to eat this dish! Pecorino cheese is left out for days, while the larvae lay eggs in the cheese. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will chew their way through the cheese. Meanwhile, the acid from your digestive system is simply being dumped into the cheese. Unsurprisingly, this cheese is often not safe to eat. For starters, it's only safe to eat WHILE THE WORMS ARE ALIVE! Also, if you eat any of the worms, there's a good chance they can survive inside your intestines, a condition called pseudomyasis.
The European Union has banned cheese and violators face hefty fines. This is why casu marzu can only be found on the black market! 7 - Blood Clams If you're ever in Bangkok and feeling adventurous and trying to take advantage of your insurance, be sure to visit Blood Clams. What happens is that when these clams are served raw is when they are most dangerous. They are supposed to be extremely tasty, assuming seafood is your thing. If you decide to eat it raw... be careful. People have been known to suffer from "rotten stomach" which is exactly what you think it is.
Yes. It's all liquid. Because the blood clam lives in low-oxygen environments, to get the nutrients it needs, it ingests many more viruses and bacteria, such as hepatitis A, typhoid, and dysentery, just to name a few. And while they can be found in waters around the world, some countries ban their importation for health reasons. If you're going to try it, we recommend eating it fully cooked, unless you want to spend a few days in the bathroom or hospital! 6 - Nomura Jellyfish When most
peoplego to the beach, they avoid large jellyfish. That's just basic common sense, right?
But some people prefer to eat jellyfish. Commonly known as Nomura's jellyfish, it is one of the largest jellyfish in the world and is technically edible, even if it is low in nutrition. There's a Japanese company called Tango Jersey Dairy, and they make this crazy vanilla jellyfish ice cream using jellyfish from Nomura. Jellyfish cubes are dipped in milk and reportedly have a chewy texture. However, it must taste amazing because people more or less risk their lives to eat these things. If the toxic part of the jellyfish is not properly removed and the remaining parts are not cooked properly, the toxins can be dangerous.
However, jellyfish in general have been eaten in Asian countries for thousands of years. It is used in a variety of dishes, and jellyfish are often used to add texture or to enhance salads. 5 - Monkey Brains It is never necessary to eat monkey brains, but some people supposedly do anyway. In a modern context, it's more of an urban legend than reality. In China, it is illegal to sell Monkey Brains, and breaking this law will land someone in jail for up to 10 years! But assuming someone ate monkey brains and managed not to get caught, you'd have to deal with something called Creutzfeldt-Jakob (yah-cub) disease.
This is a dangerous brain disease that practically guarantees that whoever gets it will not make it. 90 percent of people who contract this disease are found within a year. Of course, it's hard to say if there's any real evidence of people eating monkey brains. It is heavily rumored to have its roots in Eastern and Asian folklore, as there have been legends suggesting it was served at the Han Manchu Imperial Feast during the Qing Dynasty. The party was a multi-day banquet where hundreds and hundreds of dishes were served to the emperors. Armed with that little tidbit of information, pop culture has often depicted monkeys eating brains as something Oriental.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Death come to mind for example. Who can forget the monkey brain scene! However, it is historically inaccurate. However, who knows today. Anyone who is
actuallyeating monkey brains should really reconsider THAT dietary choice! 4 - African Bullfrogs As the name suggests, African bullfrogs make their homes in, wait for it…. Africa. Preferring dry savannah, scrubland, and marshes, these large amphibians roam everywhere in Africa. Since there are no laws prohibiting trade in African bullfrogs, they have become an increasingly popular choice for exotic pets. One of the reasons for this laissez faire approach is that bullfrogs, in general, are a bit disruptive to their ecosystem, eating almost anything they can eat.
Regardless, it's not uncommon for African bullfrogs to be kept in captivity or featured on restaurant menus. The French, for example, are known to enjoy eating their legs. But in Africa, however, some people eat the whole frog. This is not a great idea. His skin and organs contain a toxin called Oshiketakata that is extremely dangerous. When the frogs are young and have yet to mate, that's when the toxin is present. Ingesting the toxin can cause kidney failure. However, it is a celebratory dish in Namibia, and they are still happy to take the risk and eat the frog whole. 3 - Fesikh The Egyptians have many traditions.
One of them is eating a potentially dangerous fish called Fesikh. Like virtually every other item on our list, this fish is potentially lethal if not prepared correctly. Even if this dish doesn't end your life, it can cause botulism poisoning, which is no walk in the park. And while Egypt's Ministry of Health and Population issues an annual warning telling its citizens not to eat fesikh, the BBC reported in 2017 that it only serves to heighten interest in the fish. For thousands of years, the Egyptians have feasted on this fermented fish meat. The recipe itself is simple. The fish is dried in the sun and then placed in large wooden vats filled with the proper proportion of salt water for 45 days.
Apparently the key to success is knowing all the subtle suspicious rules. While the fish technically remains raw, the salt "cooks" it, theoretically preventing it from spoiling. The end result is a fish that looks normal on the outside with a sticky, gray-tinged interior that apparently stinks. If it is not prepared with enough salt or if there are already dead fish floating in the water, botulism bacteria, which thrive in anaerobic environments, can thrive. It causes nausea, paralysis, or in rare cases even breathlessness! 2 - Pufferfish Despite looking strangely cute and being highly poisonous, pufferfish is still quite a popular dish in Japan called fugu.
Most species of puffer fish are toxic and some are among the most poisonous vertebrates in the world! There are strict laws in Japan that govern how this fish is prepared. Any chef preparing a puffer fish for consumption must have at least three years of training, which, for reference, is considerably longer than what it takes to get a pilot's license! Fugu is usually eaten thinly sliced as sashimi, but it can also be served in other ways, such as in soup or deep-fried. The liver of a puffer fish is supposedly very tasty, but it is the most poisonous part, and its consumption has been banned in Japan since 1984.
Their livers contain a lethal dose of tetrodotoxin, a toxin that blocks sodium channels and causes paralysis of the muscles. tongue and lips. The worst part is that when someone is poisoned, they remain conscious the entire time. They just can't move or talk! Also, there is no antidote for it. Fugu has been a part of the Japanese diet for centuries, and no matter how poisonous it is, its taste and the danger it entails won't stop this dish from being consumed anytime soon! What do you think is the craziest food on this list? Would you ever try fugu?
Tell us in the comments! 1 - Wild mushrooms It goes without saying, DO NOT EAT WILD MUSHROOMS! If you buy them at the store... great, go to town with them. But unless you've spent some serious time studying mushrooms, don't eat what you find in the woods. For some reason, people still do it! Telling the difference between safe and toxic mushrooms is a challenge for even the seasoned professional. If you chose wrong, you will first have problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea. After that, you may think you are getting better. However, the worst is yet to come.
Finally, about 48 hours later, the liver begins to fail, leading to multiple organ failure and possibly respiration. Charcoal is sometimes used to absorb the poison, but beyond that, there is no antidote. So, the moral of the story is simple... DON'T EAT WILD MUSHROOMS! This is what's next
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