10 Super-Risky Foods

Doug Collins


Cook chicken to at least 165 degrees to prevent food poisoning, but raw chicken is consumed as torisashi in Japan and some sushi restaurants.


Medium doneness as it may carry trichinella spiralis. Consumption of undercooked or raw pork is possible if the pig's diet can be confirmed as vegetarian.

Raw Eggs

While raw eggs were portrayed as important in "Rocky," consuming them in real life poses a risk of salmonella infection, is advised when consuming raw eggs.

Stinging Nettles

Remove formic acids and spines, cooked leaves for tea or as a substitute for spinach, high nutritious, containing protein, vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium.


The deliciousness of cooked rhubarb stalks in pies and cobblers, but avoid the toxic leaves which contain high levels of oxalic acid that can be harmful.

Fugu (Pufferfish)

As its inner organs contain lethal amounts of tetrodotoxin with no known antidote. Some progress has been made in breeding poison-free pufferfish by isolating.

Blood Clams

Large amounts of seawater and can absorb harmful bacteria and viruses like hepatitis and typhoid due to their low-oxygen environment.


Potatoes contain glycoalkaloids, which can be harmful in large quantities, causing various symptoms including cramping, diarrhea, and even death.

Giant Bullfrogs

Crucial to wait until after the third spring rain when they start breeding to avoid toxins in their skin and organs can cause kidney failure and potentially be fatal.


Used in pies and jams, cautious as other parts of the elderberry tree, such as bark, leaves, roots, and buds, contain bitter alkaloids that can produce hydrocyanic acid.

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