The most dangerous food in the world that can kill or make anyone sick


There is one thing that is always on everyone’s mind while traveling, it is food. There is no doubt that no matter which country or city you visit, enjoying local food is something that everyone looks forward to. However, the death of a Massachusetts teenager after eating one spicy tortilla chip recently sparked a social media storm. Although the cause of death of the fourteen-year-old child is still unclear, the parent of this youth was quoted by the media as saying that one of the things his son passed away was a Paqui brand chip in a box-shaped container. the label reads “One Chip Challenge” and “One Chip is too hot”. But if you’re feeling curious, here’s a look at some of the world’s most dangerous foods to watch out for or avoid altogether. (Image: Reuters)


No. 10: Elderberries | While they look like pure juicy berries. Isn’t it. Eating the wrong berries can cause food poisoning, with symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. Another dangerous berry may resemble a blueberry because of its round, blue appearance. However, don’t be fooled. When eaten unripe and uncooked, especially raw, berries cause nausea, vomiting, and severe diarrhea. To be safe to eat, berries must be ripe, cooked, and have no stems or leaves. (Image: Shutterstock)


No. 9: Echizen Kurage | Known as Nomura’s jellyfish in English, these giant jellyfish – the largest in the world – are larger than humans and can sting when they come into contact with water. However, they are truly terrifying when eaten. Toxins in jellyfish known as glycoalkaloids can lead to cramps, diarrhea, headache, and in severe cases, coma and death. (Image: Reuters)


No. 8: Wind Dragon | While some people enjoy spicy food, others take it seriously by trying to eat the sweetest pepper known to man, to test their tolerance. For a long time, many believed that the Carolina Reaper was the hottest pepper in the world, registering at 1.6 million heat units on the Scoville scale. However, when Dragon’s Breath was introduced recently, it raised the temperature to 2.48 million. (Image: Shutterstock)


No. 7. Case March Prepare to be completely disgusted. In Sardinia, they produce cheese that is so rotten it can make you very sick. The cheese is left uncovered, allowing maggots to sit on it and lay eggs. These eggs hatch, and the maggots ferment the cheese. If you eat this cheese while it contains worms, the worms can pass through your intestines. (Image: Reuters)


No. 6. Cassava This root vegetable is very popular in Africa and South America and is harmless when properly cooked and prepared (boiled, roasted, baked, grilled, mashed, or steamed). However, consuming it raw can expose you to large amounts of linamarin, a substance that is more toxic than cyanide. This same toxin is present in flaxseed and, in small amounts, can cause headaches, restlessness, confusion, and difficulty breathing. (Image: Reuters)


No. 5: Blood Histories | Blood clams, also called cockles, are a popular delicacy in China, where they are boiled and eaten. However, this is a risky endeavour, as these mussels often contain viruses that can cause hepatitis, typhoid, and dysentery as they are harvested from contaminated water. In 1988, Shanghai banned blood clams after more than 300,000 people contracted hepatitis A, resulting in 31 deaths. (Credit Image: Reuters)


Number 4: Bean Sprouts | You’re probably wondering what can go wrong with eating bean sprouts? But as it turns out, the sprout is grown in warm, humid conditions – the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. As a result, they can harbor E.coli, salmonella, and listeria, all of which can lead to serious illness. Reports show that cooking them properly will eliminate harmful bacteria. (Image: Reuters)


No. 3: Namibian Bullfrog | Recently the Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant said, “Don’t kill frogs, don’t eat frogs, eat chicken instead. Frogs are important to maintain the balance of the agricultural land.” Frog meat, called “jumping chicken” in the code language of restaurants, continues to be the main cause of frog poaching in sunny Goa. However, in African countries, people eat the whole frog—especially if it is fat. But the only catch is that this amphibian contains many toxins designed to prevent predators, including humans. These toxins are concentrated in small immature frogs and are associated with kidney failure and in some cases death.


No. 2: Ackee | It is highly recommended by health experts to avoid the consumption of Ackee as there are inherent risks associated with the tropical fruit. Ackee contains hypoglycin A and B, which can be toxic if not fully ripened and prepared correctly. In its unripe state, Ackee can contain dangerously high levels of hypoglycin A, which when eaten can lead to a condition called Jamaican Vomiting Sickness. Symptoms include severe vomiting, hypoglycemia, and coma. To ensure safety, it is important to only eat Ackee when it is naturally ripe and opens on its own, indicating that it is free of toxic compounds.


No 1: Fugu | A Japanese delicacy made from pufferfish, known for its delicious taste but carrying a deadly secret. Eating fugu can be dangerous due to the presence of a powerful neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin inside its organs, especially the liver and ovaries. If not properly prepared by a licensed chef, eating even a small amount of tetrodotoxin can lead to paralysis, asphyxiation and death. The charm of fugu lies in the balance between its delicious taste and the danger it poses. (Image: Reuters)

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