If you are sometimes afraid of having some junk food, after reading this article you are bound to change your mind.
#1 Fugu fish
The toxic Tiger puffer is a national Japanese delicatessen. The secret lies in the way it has to be cooked. Only certified restaurants know how to get rid of the poisonous substance. Only perfectly clean fish can be eaten as the poison is present everywhere, even in bowels and blood of the fish.
No, you haven’t misread anything. The cashews we know from supermarket shelves. Fortunately, the problem does not refer to the nuts but to the fruit they are inside. The shell of the nuts contains CNSL oil, which is highly caustic and may cause severe and deep skin burns.
#3 Monkey brains
Cruel and unethical for some while yummy for others. In China eating monkey brains is punishable with ten-year sentence. Still, there are countries in Africa and Asia where it is still on the tables.
Not only is it against law, but in the first place it might cause serious health hazard, namely Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which seriously damages our brain and might eventually lead to death.
#4 The football fruit (Pangium edule)
Although the fruit is not really complicated in terms of structure, you should never underestimate it, as it contains a huge dose of hydrogen cyanide. To remove it, you need to boil the seeds (without shells), then bury in the ground wrapped in banana leaves and cover the top with ash. After 40 days they are ready to be served!
Although the football fruit is rich in vitamin C, I’d rather say ‘thank you’.
#5 A live octopus
Cooked and grilled octopus is not a challenge for you? Then go for the raw version! Popular in Japan and South Korea, poses a threat due to the fact that its suckers keep their grip even when the animal is dead. It causes as many as six death per year as a result of suffocation. To prevent it, chew it carefully or have the octopus cut into small pieces.
This vegetable is common in South America. It is rich in starch and provides many other nutrients. However, it must never be eaten raw; the roots of the vegetable contain one of the most popular poisons – cyanide.
If you are allergic to latex, you’d better not eat it at all, as it might give you a rash.
#7 European black elderberry
The plant itself has got several healing properties. However, pay attention whether its fruit is ripe. If it isn’t, it may contain sambunigrine. Once you have the green fruit, food poisoning is more than likely. Nausea, diarrhea and vomiting are nothing you would like to go through.
#8 Red beans
You cannot imagine chili con carne without it. Still, you’d better not eat it raw and it contain a toxic substance called phytohaemagglutinin. Even a handful of red beans may cause vomiting and headaches. The toxin is much weaker once the beans get boiled.