Many times, imported foods are accompanied by fears and misgivings. This is because one wonders if such foods have been produced in the correct way, following the regulations that protect the health of consumers. From Coldiretti they have named these fears, drawing up a list of the 10 most dangerous foods, all imported, which have triggered the alert in our country. In fact, more and more foreign products are being consumed, sometimes mixing ingredients from the country with other imported ones.
The increase in imports led Coldiretti to draw up this black list, presented at the International Forum for Agriculture and Food in Cernobbio. In this way, we have been able to discover which are the 10 most dangerous foods for the health of consumers.
Find out what foods you should avoid.
The 10 most dangerous foods
Hazelnuts from Turkey
They occupy the unenviable first place in this special classification. These hazelnuts, like other nuts from Turkey, are contaminated with carcinogenic aflatoxins. These are mycotoxins produced by fungi and other mold species. They are highly toxic and are among the most carcinogenic substances in existence.
The second place in the ranking of the 10 most dangerous foods is occupied by peanuts (peanuts) from China. Also in this case, the problem lies in contamination by aflatoxins.
Indian hot pepper
The concern for this food lies in the traces of pesticides found in these peppers and other spices and herbs from India. Another risk is microbiological contamination.
japanese puffer fish
The puffer fish is considered a dangerous dish, even more lethal than cyanide; but that despite the risks it presents, the puffer fish is an exquisite delicacy in some countries, especially popular in Japan.
In Japanese there is a very common saying “takeshi keri mo fugu ni aegu” (walk slowly even with a sword in hand). The Japanese like to take risks, especially when what they are doing seems harmless.
Fugu (named after the prepared puffer fish) is often served raw and thinly sliced or added to soup. Experts recommend eating fugu with extreme care.
Fruits and vegetables from Turkey
Turkish products, such as dried figs, are back in the ranking. The problem remains the same: the presence of aflatoxins, while in peppers there are excessive traces of pesticides.
Indian dried fruits
We find this Asian country again in this classification. Sesame seeds have apparently caused cases of salmonellosis.
Pistachios from Iran
The presence of aflatoxins in this product has also been reported, as in many of those seen so far in the ranking of the 10 most dangerous foods.
Fruits and vegetables from Egypt
A country very close to ours and that enjoys a favorable export regime. Irregular levels of pesticides have reportedly been found in Egyptian olives and strawberries.
Carcinogenic aflatoxins were also found in pistachios in the United States, placing them ninth on the list of the 10 most dangerous foods.
The pangasius, fished in the seas of Vietnam, closes this classification. As in the case of the Spanish catches, the problem lies in their excessive heavy metal content.
In short, it is always convenient to read the labels well to see the origin of the food. In addition, it is good to know that there are foods, not necessarily imported, that should be consumed in moderation. Like large blue fish: tuna, swordfish or sharks, since they contain high amounts of heavy metals. Blue fish is very important for our diet, however it is better to choose small fish such as sardines, mackerel, small hake, etc.