There’s no better way of enjoying a foreign country’s culture than trying their cuisine. Travelling and eating go hand in hand, and you’ll surely want to try some country specialty when travelling abroad. However, there are many cuisines which offer dangerous foods that can cause many health problems.
Here’s a list of the most dangerous foods you shouldn’t try when travelling abroad:
This popular Namibian dish can be consumed only a few times during the year, when the frogs are mature. Young bullfrogs contain a toxin which can harm your kidneys, and since you can’t really be sure of the age of the bullfrogs in the recipe, we suggest avoiding it.
The puffer fish is a Japanese delicacy and its preparation is regulated by law. The chefs who prepare the dish need to complete a 3-year course before they start, as the puffer fish contains a powerful neurotoxin that can paralyze you if you ingest it!
Hakarl is an Icelandic dish that should never be consumed raw. This rare type of shark doesn’t have a urinary tract system, which means that it’s not able to filter toxic waste from its body. Improperly prepared, Hakarl can cause quite a lot of health problems.
Ackee is a fruit which contains a toxin that can induce vomiting. It can be consumed when fully ripe once the seeds are removed when the skin opens up.
Sannakji is a Korean delicacy made of alive octopus which is cut into pieces and consumed raw (gross!) As the suction cups are active, they might stick to your throat and make you choke, so we wouldn’t recommend this dish if you’ve not tried it before. Proper chewing is key for the sannakji dish if you’re brave enough to try it.
The blood clams live in dirty water and have been associated with hepatitis A and E, dysentery and typhoid disease.
The Echizen Kurage is a poisonous jellyfish whose toxic parts need to be completely removed before it’s cooked.
In order to be prepared for consumption, the Fesikh fish should be dried in the sun and preserved in salt for a full year!
Although they offer a variety of health benefits, elderberries should only be consumed when ripe and properly prepared.
This soft cheese is made from goat’s milk and left uncovered while it ripens. During the process, adult flies lay eggs in it, which results in maggots inside that make the cheese ferment. However, improperly cleaned CasuMarzu may have a few intact larvae inside, which can wreak havoc on your system.
Red kidney beans
These beans contain toxic compounds that can cause serious problems in your body. To make them safe to eat, they should be boiled thoroughly first.
Raw cashews contain a lot of urishiol, a compound that has been known to be fatal when ingested.
Consuming monkey brain has been related to Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a dangerous neurological disorder.
This fruit is poisonous for humans as it contains hydrogen cyanide. To eat it safely, remove the shell, boil it in water, then leave it to ferment with banana leaves and ashes for a month.
Durian can be deadly if consumed raw. Experts say that it has the same effect as large amounts of alcohol in the body.
Eaten raw, cassava can be deadly. If you don’t know how to prepare it, we suggest staying away from this dangerous fruit.
Silver stripe Blaasop
The liver and skin of this type of fish are highly toxic and have been associated with circulation problems and fatal paralysis. Still, people in the Middle East consider it a delicacy.
Consuming rhubarb leaves raw can form deadly crystals in the kidneys which can cause problems such as pain during urination, nausea and difficulty breathing.
The juice from this fruit is especially dangerous for those suffering from kidney problems.
Consuming apricot seeds in large amounts can be deadly as they contain a small amount of cyanide.
Hot dogs are absolutely the worst junk food you can eat. They are highly dangerous for children, and full of carcinogenic compounds which can raise your child’s risk of cancer.