Bacteria-infected food and water are the root cause of travelers’ diarrhea, which affects around 10 million people worldwide. Read on and find out which foods are especially dangerous for consumption.
Although the Thai consider this exotic Southeast-Asian fruit a royal fruit, it’s highly dangerous when combined with alcohol. Plus, it has a really bad smell.
Bitter almonds are full of hydrogen cyanide, which can be fatal if consumed in large amounts.
Starfruit or carambola is a popular Brazilian fruit abundant in antioxidants. However, it also packs two dangerous chemicals that can seriously affect kidney health.
One of the most popular fast foods in the world, hot dog causes choking in 17% of children younger than 10, according to statistical data.
The silver-cheeked toadfish or Lagocephalus sceleratus is a popular Mediterranean dish. Nonetheless, this fish has toxins in the liver and reproductive organs which can trigger paralysis and death.
The leaves of this bitter white-red root can cause vomiting, although they make an excellent addition to many unusual desserts, winter preserves as well as savory dishes.
The toxin, phytohemagglutinin, found in red beans is really dangerous and can be destroyed only if the beans are boiled for at least ten minutes before consumption.
The health risk raw cashews bring on owes to urushiol, an oily organic allergen that’s found in poison ivy as well. That’s why it’s vital that they are boiled well before consumption. Store-bought cashews are pre-cooked.
The most popular dish in Korea, sannakji is made of pieces of live octopus, which are typically served while still moving. This makes them extremely dangerous because they can lead to choking.
Shanghai blood clams have been forbidden since 1988 because they can be infected with hepatitis A and E. Nevertheless, they are still sold on the black markets.
Fugu Puffer Fish
Highly poisonous, this Japanese fish contains tetrodoxin, which is 1,250 times stronger than cyanide. The fact that there’s no antidote for this poison, makes it even more dangerous.
Raw aronia can cause diarrhea and weakness. But, providing it’s well cooked, it is safe for consumption.
If high amounts of seeds of cherries, plums, peaches, apples and apricots are ingested, they may pose a serious health threat due to the chemicals they contain that release cyanide in the body.
As odd as it sounds, monkey brains is an Asian dish that’s eaten cooked or baked. What’s dangerous about it is the fatal virus often found in monkey brains.
A specialty in Latin America, this nutty-flavored root has high content of cyanide. It’s very important that it’s prepared properly; otherwise, it can lead to death.
A traditional Egyptian meal, fekish must be sun-dried and salted for a year or longer before it can be consumed.
This jellyfish is only eatable if its toxic parts are properly removed. If they aren’t, it is extremely toxin and causes poisoning and death.
Casu Marzu cheese
This Sardinian cheese poses a real health risk because it’s full of worms. Its use has been banned by the EU.
Rotten shark meat, which has undergone a six-month drying process, is a landmark of Icelandic national cuisine. However, the fact that this shark species doesn’t have a urinary tract makes this meat really dangerous for consumption, mostly because it’s full of toxins.
Although a delicacy in Namibia, the skin and organs of bullfrog are toxic, thus incredibly dangerous. In fact, eating this food can lead to kidney damage and death.