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A Look at Some of The World’s Most Dangerous And (Sometimes) Fatal Foods

Trying new foods is a fun way to explore new tastes and diverse cultural delicacies. You might discover a new favorite dish along the way and it could be one of the healthiest recipes out there. But there is a darker, more dangerous side to food that you should be aware of, especially if you’re one of those people who is willing to try everything. The following are some of the most dangerous and deadly foods out there that require expert preparation, or better yet, should be avoided completely if you don’t want to risk illness and potential death.

Ackee Fruit

Originating from Africa and common in Jamaica, the ackee fruit requires special attention before eating. It can be cooked or eaten raw, but to avoid vomiting, diarrhea, and a possible coma or death, remove the fruit’s large black seeds before eating.

Cassava Root

This popular South American root is used for a variety of dishes and to make tapioca, but it has a deadly natural defense mechanism if not prepared properly. Both sweet and bitter cassava roots contain cyanide, but the sweet cassava has much less cyanide and is easier to prepare for safe consumption. Cyanide poisoning symptoms range from fast breathing, dizziness, confusion, low blood pressure, vomiting, and diarrhea, to convulsions and death.

Fugu Puffer Fish

For The Simpsons fans out there, you might remember an older episode when Homer awaits his potential death after eating a puffer fish at a Japanese restaurant. Well, that episode was spot on about the fatal fish—if it’s cut the wrong way, it will release a poison (tetroxodin) that will make your muscles severely contract to the point where you could stop breathing.

Sannakji Choking Octopus

Right off the bat, the danger is in the name, so people should be aware of the risk prior to eating this food. Yes, that’s right—this Korean dish is eaten alive! Although it is normally safe to consume, there have been cases when the tentacles stick to people’s throats causing them to choke to death.

Hot Dogs

Yes, hot dogs! This unassuming food from our childhoods also has a dark side. Aside from being pretty unhealthy and made from who-knows-what parts of animals, hot dogs are considered a deadly food by some sources since they can actually be a choking hazard. That’s right! Too big of a bite, and suddenly you could be gasping for breath. To avoid choking hazards—and to eat real and healthy food—it can be a good idea to avoid hot dogs altogether (although a seemingly impossible task).

So now that you’ve been turned off from these dangerous and deadly foods, it’s time to go out and try foods that won’t kill you, such as healthy low-fat foods that will help you live your life to the fullest!

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