Foods That Will Kill You If Not Prepared Properly

Posted on January 15, 2011

CNN's Nadia Bilchik talks to Martin Savidge about foods that can be deadly if not prepared correctly. The fugu or puffer fish is served in Japan. It is so poisonous that if it is not prepared properly, it will kill you through a deadly neurotoxin that it contained in the liver of the fish.

Live baby octopus can kill you if the suckers attach to your throat as you swallow (in addition to being dangerous and totally revolting, it's unnecessarily cruel to eat baby octopi alive). The fruit from Jamaica called Ackee will kill you if you don't remove the seeds first. The seeds contain a substance that causes a huge drop in your blood sugar. Bird nest soup is made from the saliva of swiftlets. The swiftlets make their nests using their saliva. The nests are often contaminated with toxins from the caves where they are found and many humans are allergic to something in the saliva, which can result in Anaphylactic shock. Take a look: