Exotic delicacies can be found around the world and we often see these delicious looking meals with the desire to try them at some point in our lives. What we may not know is that in many cases some are extremely dangerous and even banned from human consumption, but despite the risks they continue to be consumed.

Be warned, however, that some of these foods can not only lead to a variety of illnesses but they can prove lethal as well. Some can lead to kidney failure, diarrhea, asphyxiation, coma or even instant paralysis, while others can lead to death. From poisonous toxins to deadly bacteria, many of these foods if consumed must be done with caution. Even if you like to live on the edge, before you try these dishes, proceed with caution. Here are some of the strangest and most dangerous foods consumed by humans.

San Nak Ji (Live Octopus)

Even after it has died and been chopped up into pieces, this Korean raw baby octopus continues to move. Its suction caps retain their gripping power, even after removal of its limbs, so it can latch onto your throat and mouth becoming a choking hazard and causing asphyxiation.

Hákarl (Rotten Shark)

This traditional Icelandic dish has been described as the worst food on earth, but it’s deadly as well. This rotten smelling shark does not have a urinary track or a kidney, so all of its toxic substances and wastes are filtered directly through its skin. Before it can even be consumed, it must be fermented and hung to dry for at least 6 months.

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