Thousands of years ago, humans ate whatever was regionally available to them.
If you lived in a tropical rainforest, you might have consumed a fair amount of amphibious creatures. If you were from an African savannah, wildebeest may have been on your family’s menu. If you were an island folk, your diet was mostly made up of oceanic animals and even plants.
Over the centuries, our taste evolved based on our increased culinary skill combined with the colonization of Western civilizations.
People in the U.S. still eat exotic foods, with a heavy overseeing by the government, and have learned to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables not indigenous to North America but people in other cultures still eat the same animals and plants that they have for hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years.
The crux of the matter is that we eat what we are accustomed to or what our tastes have acclimated to. In other words, we eat what we think tastes good.
However, not everyone is eating food that is native to their land that is actually good for them and, in fact, could actually be quite dangerous.
Here are 15 foods that people claim taste great but could potentially be dangerous – not to mention, gross!
If this looks but doesn’t sound familiar to you it’s because, in Japan, pufferfish are called Fugu. In Japanese cuisine, Fugu is a very popular protein; however, the liver and intestine contain the toxic chemical tetrodotoxin. In 2015, five men allegedly died in Japan after consuming Fugu.
14. Casu Marzu
Casu Marzu, a type of rotten cheese, is actually banned in the U.S. Why? In Italy, it’s known as Sardinian Maggot Cheese and it is made by blending maggots in sheep’s milk.
Sannakji is a Korean octopus that the locals consume while it’s still alive. It’s been reported that six deaths occur every year as a result of the Sannakji’s tentacles getting stuck in people’s throats.