Delicious foods are not always good for us. They can be fattening, high in sugar or even poisonous and even fatal. There are many dishes from all around the world that could kill you, but this isn't stopping some people from eating them. Whether they are good for us or not, people still eat dangerous foods like this Japanese dish, fugu.
This potentially fatal Japanese dish includes blowfish or Tiger puffer, which contain a large amount of the poison tetrodotoxin. Chefs have to undergo special training to even be allowed to learn how to cook it properly and how to cut out the parts of the fish that are poisonous. Despite this extensive training, there are still several deaths a year from fugu poisoning.
The name Casu Marzu comes from the Sardinian language and translates to "rotten cheese" – and that is exactly what this dish is. Cheese fly maggots add to the special flavor of this dish. Eating this dish can cause allergic reactions, food poisoning, larvae infection and a whole lot of judgment. Yum!
While these look like your typical nut, the Pangium edule, or keluak, is not a fruit or a nut. It is actually a seed from the keluak tree, and it is very popular in South Asian cuisine. The seeds contain hydrogen cyanide and you can only eat them boiled without their shells and buried in ash and banana leaves for 40 days. That seems like a lot of work. I'll stick to sunflower seeds.
In certain areas of Lithuania, crow meat pie is a popular dish and some people believe that it can even boost sexual potency for men. Because crows are scavengers, Lithuanian authorities tried to ban this tradition because eating the meat of the crow can be harmful to your health. According to National Geographic, traditional crow meat pies are still popular, harmful or not. Excuse me while I vomit.
Every single year, the Egyptian Ministry of Health issues a warning to stay away from feseekh. And every year, people ignore the warning and still eat this salty, smelly, fermented mullet fish... which locals have been eating for thousands of years. If not prepared properly, the spoiled fish can lead to botulism poisoning and even death.
While the giant bullfrog is a popular delicacy in African and Asian cuisine, bullfrog can kill you. When the frog is cooked right, there are no risks in eating this meal. But you must remember that the frog's skin and inner organs are poisonous.
Sannakji, or the wriggling octopus, can't hurt you once it is in your system. It's the process of consuming it that can get dangerous. The chef removes the tentacles while the animal is still alive, which leaves you with squirming, wiggling tentacles on your plate. The tentacles can stick to your cheeks and to the inside of your throat, making it extremely easy to choke on this delicacy.
Duck and goose blood is used in many Vietnamese soups. The Vietnamese culture believes that both the chef and the one who eats the soup will acquire strength from preparing and eating this meal. Unfortunately, the opposite can happen, too – you can lose strength, since it's possible to contract the bird flu virus and other diseases from this soup.
The brown roll-rim mushroom is extremely dangerous, but you can't tell just from the look of it. Cooking the mushrooms does not reduce their toxicity and the poison can pile up in the human body when consumed. These toxins can cause great damage to the liver and kidneys.
Igunaq is a traditional dish for the Arctic indigenous people. It is made with fermented walrus or deer meat, and those who have eaten this meal since their childhood should be able to consume it without any issues. The fermentation process, however, generates poisons that can lead to illness and even death due to botulism.
Ackee is a Jamaican fruit that is extremely poisonous. The fruit contains the toxins hypoglycin A and hypoglycin B, and while the fruit is edible, the seeds are extremely toxic. Eating the fruit can also cause Jamaican vomiting disease. Sounds delish!
Would you eat a bat? Bats are a traditional part of Asian cuisine and are often called "chickens of the cave." Chefs put the whole bat into a bowl of soup and serve it. Bat meat is considered to be tasty, but these cave chickens can carry diseases... so I'll take the check, please!
Carambola, also known as star fruit, is a delicious fruit rich in vitamin C. And while that sounds pretty harmless, if you have an ulcer or gastritis you should stay away from this fruit because it contains a lot of oxalic acid. Healthy people should also eat with caution because too much star fruit can cause kidney problems if eaten regularly.
As if the name "Blood Clams" doesn't sound gross enough, check out what they look like. The blood clams get that bloody appearance because they contain high levels of hemoglobin. Blood clams filter 40 liters of sea water per day and absorb harmful bacteria and viruses including hepatitis, typhoid and dysentery. Yea, no thanks!
You can find monkey brains on the menu in China, Malaysia and Singapore. For the most part, monkey brains are not toxic, but there is a slight chance that consuming them could lead to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also known as mad cow disease. I'm going to stay away from anything that can give me mad cow disease, but please, go ahead.