The 21 Most Dangerous Foods in the World People Still Insist on Eating

Traveling and eating go hand in hand! What is the best way to experience a foreign land if not by indulging in their food, after all?

But, before you grab your eating utensils, consider the following. Here is a list encompassing the 21 most dangerous foods worldwide that people still eat!

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1. Giant Bullfrog

This is a popular Namibian dish which can be consumed a few times annually, only when the frogs are mature. Young bullfrogs carry a toxin which is associated with kidney failure.

2. Fugu (Puffer Fish)

This is a popular Japanese delicacy, whose consumption is regulated by the law! Those who serve this dish need to undergo at least a 3-year training prior preparing it.  The problem with this particular fish is that it can be toxic and paralyzing if prepared improperly.

3. Hakarl

This Icelandic dish should never be eaten raw as this type of shark lacks urinary tract system, which makes it unable to filter toxic waste through its flesh.

4. Ackee

This fruit contains a toxic substance which is shown to cause vomiting.  As long as it is fully ripe you can consume it safely though, as the toxic seeds will be already removed as the skin opens up.

5. Sannakji

This Korean dish is made of alive octopus which is cut into tiny pieces and served right away. As the suction cups are still active, they are likely to stick to the throat and cause choking. Chewing the food properly is the key to making this dish safer to consume!

6. Blood Clams

These clams live in dirty water and consequently, they are associated with typhoid, dysentery, hepatitis A, and hepatitis E.

7. Echizen Kurage

This poisonous jellyfish lives on tuna and its the toxic parts need to beremoved and then the rest of it thoroughly cooked in order to eat it safely.

8. Fesikh

To eat it safely, you need to dry this fish at the sun and preserve it with salt for a year prior consumption.

9. Elderberries

When ripe and properly cooked, elderberries are completely safe to eat ( without the seeds, twigs, and leaves).

10. CasuMarzu

Made with goat’s milk, this soft cheese is left uncovered as ripening. This allows flies to lay eggs on it, leading to maggots. The maggots cause the cheese to ferment, but what is detrimental is the remaining larvae. When eaten, the larvae can cause severe illness.

11. Red Kidney Beans

These beans contain substances which can be toxic when consumed. Boil them for at least ten minutes prior eating.

12. Raw Cashews

Never eat raw cashew in excess as too much of urishiol, a compound they contain, can be fatal.

13. Monkey Brains

Eating monkey brains is associated with fatal degenerative neurological condition known as Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

14. PangiumEdule

Containing hydrogen cyanide, this fruit is poisonous to people. You can eat it safely as long as you boil it without the shell, soak it in water, and then let it ferment with a banana leave and ash for a month.

15. Durian

When uncooked, this smelly fruit can be deadly! It has the same effect if combined with alcohol.

16. Cassava (Manioc)

If eaten raw, the leaves and roots of this veggie could be deadly.  They are found in Africa and South America, but are widely used in the States too.

17. Silver Stripe Blaasop

The organs, liver, and skin of this fish are toxic and associated with fatal paralysis and intense circulation problem.  Still, this rare fish is considered a delicacy in the Middle East.

18. Rhubarb Leaves

Eating these leaves is associated with the formation of deadly crystals in the kidneys.  They contain corrosive substance which can cause burning in the mouth, red urine, diarrhea, nausea, and difficulty breathing.

19. Star Fruit

The juice extracted from this fruit is poisonous for those suffering from kidney problems.

20. Apricot seeds

Eating apricot seeds in excess could be deadly! They contain cyanogenic glycosides, which are turned into hydrogen cyanide when ingested and prevent the body from using oxygen properly.

21. Hot Dog

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, hot dogs account for about 17 percent of all choking deaths in children under 10 years old.