Usually, natural foods are not toxic, but if it is not cooked enough or prepared in a wrong way, it can cause serious illness or even death. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 600 million people become infected by eating contaminated food each year, and about 420,000 of these cases are ended un in death.
Some of those 600 million people get sick because they eat improperly prepared, processed, or contaminated food during processing, some of them have unexpected allergic reactions to ingredients, and very few get sick after trying their limits by voluntarily eating something that is dangerous. Here are some of the most dangerous foods and delicacies that might cause the tragic ending.
This Korean dish consists of live tentacles of young octopus that have just been prepared and cut for the bravest foodies. San-nakji is not poisonous. However, if customers do not eat these tentacles properly, it can be fatal. Suction pads of the shredded tentacles can stick to the inside of your mouth or throat, blocking your breathing, as a result, a person suffocate and eventually die. According to statistics, about six people die every year by trying to eat san-nakji. So, it is very important to chew well.
The root, also known as edible manioc, is a tropical plant commonly used to make tapioca and it is a key ingredient in Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. However, green cassava contains cyanide, so it is necessary to prepare this root correctly. There are two types of cassava: sweet and bitter. Bitter cassava is harder but has bigger amount of cyanide. Depending on whether the cassava is sweet or bitter, its preparation for safe consumption varies. To eat sweet cassava, it only needs to be boiled, and the bitter cassava must be grated, soaked in water, and well boiled to reduce the cyanide content.
Fugu, or bladder fish, is an exotic Japanese delicacy. It is the most poisonous food in the world. Fugu organs, especially the liver, contain deadly levels of the poison tetrodotoxin. It is a neurotoxin that is up to 1,200 times more mortal than cyanide, and only one fugu fish contains enough poison to kill 25-30 adults. The poison is a blocker of sodium channels and paralyzes the muscles, leaving the victim fully conscious. Eventually, the victim becomes unable to breathe and dies from suffocation. To properly prepare a fugue and obtain a license, Japanese chefs have been studying for many years. To prepare a fugue safely, the chef must know the structure of the fugue to accurately remove the eyes, brain, ovaries, liver, and intestines.
You really did not expect to see such a well-known plant on this list as it is a common ingredient in jams and cakes. Calm down, the rhubarb stem can be eaten, but avoid the leaves. They contain oxalic acid, which is toxic to the kidneys and can even be fatal if consumed in excess. An adult who weighs about 65 kg should eat about 4-8 kg of rhubarb leaves to die, but even if you eat only a few leaves, you are likely to experience many unpleasant side effects such as burning throat and mouth, nausea, difficult breathing, and diarrhea.