Friday, July 7, 2017

Food to die for (literally) - Part One

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Ackee
This pear-shaped fruit (the national fruit of Jamacia) contains toxins that can suppress the body's ability to release an extra supply of glucose, plunging one's blood sugar level and potentially leading to death.

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Japanese Puffer Fish
This fish has a killer taste (literally!). The puffer fish's skin and certain organs contain tetrodotoxin, an extremely poisonous toxin that can paralyze a human and lead to asphyxiation (choking). However fugu, as it is called in Japanese, has been eaten for hundreds of years in Japan, where expert chefs serve it as a delicacy. Chefs that serve fugu must go under extreme training and are licensed to prepare the dish. One trop of the clear, tasteless liquid is enough to kill almost instantly. Those who dine on this deadly delight swear fugu's liver is the most delectable part but it's also the most lethal. It's claimed that some master fugu chefs purposefully allow a tiny amount of toxin to remain in the fish's flesh to cause a tingling sensation on the diners tongue.

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Almonds
This popular snack food can not be eaten raw and unprocessed, because the amount of cyanide contained in each of them. New Zealand has banned them and the U.S. monitors the cleaning and heating process of them very carefully. This is why almonds aren't cheap to buy.

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Casu Marzu
Want a delectable Italian Herb? Whatever you do make sure that if you're flying to northern Italy that you avoid this dish. Casu Marzu is made from sheep milk cheese that literally contains thousands of fly eggs in the cheese. The result is a maggot-infested, decomposing mess. Some of the finer restaurants that still stubbornly serve this 'treat' provide the diner with a pair of goggles to protect the eyes. Yes it is served in some fine restaurants! The maggots are served alive-- once they die the cheese quicly becomes more toxic. The cheese is so acidic it burns the mouth--the result of rotting cheese having been drenched with hundreds of maggots' digestive juice.

The Wriggling larvae are not digested by the body, but survive the human digestive tract long enough to breed. The aggressive and hungry hatching attempt to eat through the intestinal walls casing intense pain, violent vomiting, bloody stools and even death. ome of the finer restaurants that
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Sannakji (Live Baby Octopus)
Baby Octopus is considered a delicacy, and many Japanese and Koreans will serve it as a special treat to honored guest who come to dinner. In Korea, "Sannakji" is served live. Ever remember you parents telling you to not play with your food? With this dish you have to fight with your food. The tentacles fight back as you try to eat them. Pieces will crawl up your chopsticks, wrap themselves stubbornly around them. They'll grab onto your nose, lips, teeh gums tongue --even the roof of your mouth-- in a desperate attempt not to go down your throat. When you finally get the rubbery, writhing, squrimming bits down your throat, make sure you've chewed them sufficiently. A significant number of people nearly choke to death on this living dish virturally every day. Some find they've taken too big a "bite" and the tentacles exact revenge by clogging up the diner's throat and cutting off air supply. Sadly, dozens find "sannakji" their last meal.



Cassava
This is one of the world's popular staple food. Cassava is often used to make tropical delicacy in the form of tapioca, starch or flour. If not properly washed or cooked, Cassava leaves and roots contain toxin called cyanide which is fatal to humans even in small doses.

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Blood Clams
In China thse clams are only flash-boiled and can contain deadly viruses like hepatitis A, E, thyphoid and dysentery. Because they are only partially cooked, the clams become a dangerous treat.

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