When we speak of controversies, the last thing we associate them with is food. But it is far from true that food is all but a mundane part of our lives. We bring to you a list of some of the most controversial meals from around the world. Some of these are illegal foods while others are simply food items that have a questionable nutritional value. The list of these bizarre delicacies is long and we try to give you a glimpse of the weird world of food.
Some controversial meals from around the world:
1. Bluefin tuna:
If you are a Japanese fisherman and land this fish in your nets, chances are that your fortunes would change. This is for the sheer reason that this fish can fetch sums up to hundreds and thousands of dollars. This fish makes for amazing sushi which is a Japanese delicacy. But the numbers of this fish in the waters is what makes it a controversial item. It has been overfished for too long and the present numbers are threatening the species. The consumption though still continues in Japan.
In some parts of Japan, dolphins are a delicacy and that results in an approximate number of 23000 dolphins being killed for consumption per year. High in mercury, this meat is not at all high on nutrition. It is among the most controversial meals from around the world due to dolphins being regarded as such smart and noble creatures.
When the flesh of non-domesticated animals is consumed, it is referred to as bushmeat. It includes animals such as the apes and monkeys and bats and hippos. Many of the animals are already endangered and thus the practice of bushmeat consumption tops the list of illegal foods around the world. It is not only unethical and perilous to the environment but also is risky in terms of nutritional value as raw meat can transfer deadly diseases like HIV, Ebola measles etc.
4. Foie Gras:
This item is among the illegal foods because of some ethical issues surrounding its procurement. A goose or a duck is overfed forcibly to make them fat and the fatty liver of these animals is known as the Foie Gras. Although some states of the USA like California have banned its consumption, others have allowed this to be consumed through methods as humane as possible.
Horses are hailed as noble animals and as great pets. So the consumption of horsemeat is often seen as a taboo. But in large parts of Europe and Central Asia, it is consumed. Some researches even claim that it is a healthier option when compared to beef because they have low-fat content and high quantity of vitamin B and iron.
- Rabbit meat:
Regarded as a cute and lovable pet by many, the consumption of rabbits is marred by the constant debate of whether or not they should be eaten. But in large parts of the world, it is treated as a tasty piece of meat and widely hunted and consumed.
- Artificial sweeteners:
while many people are under the illusion that replacing sugars with artificial sweeteners would help them lose weight, researches have not affirmed this supposed fact. On the contrary, many studies are coming up with the harmful effect of the chemicals in these artificial sweeteners.
- Shark fin:
A huge number of sharks are slaughtered every year because for festivals and special occasions, shark fin soup is a delicacy. There exists a cruel practice which is to let the shark die in the waters after cutting off its fin.
Not only is it largely consumed, but it is also considered to be a delicacy in making sauces and regarded as a food with great nutritional value. Yet it is among the controversial foods because a bad oyster can cause severe food poisoning via the presence of bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus.
- Turtle meat:
This is a loved dish in some parts of Asia and China but features among the most controversial meals from around the world. This is because it is an endangered species and also plays a big role in maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem.
Probably the most consumed item in the list, red meat is consumed all over the world. They are high in fat, trans fat and cholesterol and cause a number of heart diseases. There are also groups who complain about the unethical and cruel conditions the animals are subject to before being slaughtered.
If nothing in the world can escape controversies, neither can food. Whether or not to try out some of these items is for you to decide. For all, we can over here is that this list caught our fancy for its uniqueness and bizarre delicacies. Humans truly can eat anything and everything. Can you?