Foods to avoid before you fly

Foods to Avoid Before Flying

In a rush to grab something to eat before you hit the skies?

Health and travel experts say there are certain foods to avoid before boarding a plane to avoid an upset stomach, body odour and needing to frequent the toilet.

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1. Fried food
Experts suggest skipping fried foods because they cause heartburn and bloating or swelling.

2. Beans
We all know they cause gas, so save yourself the embarrassment.

3. Garlic
It not only lingers on your breath but in your body odour and seeps out of your pores.

4. Broccoli
Same with other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage: they all cause gas.

5. Red meat
Skip a burger to avoid digestive issues and body odour while it stagnates in your digestive tract.

6. Spicy food
Anything spicy can cause an upset stomach and bladder irritation.

7. Apples
They aren't easy to digest and can make you gassy.

World's most dangerous foods
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World's most dangerous foods
The pufferfish, known as fugu in Japan, is a dangerous delicacy more poisonous than cyanide. The smallest mistake in preparing it can leave you in hospital or kill you. The fish's toxic internal organs must be removed by a licensed chef before it can be served to diners.

This popular Jamaican fruit must be fully ripened and prepared properly as it can cause Jamaican vomiting sickness, leading to a coma or death. Unripe ackee contains hypoglycin, which can significantly reduce your blood sugar levels. The only edible part of ackee is the yellow arilli around the toxic black seeds.

While the mushrooms found in your local supermarket are harmless, varieties like the Death Cap, Destroying Angels and Deadly Webcap found in the wild are highly poisonous and capable of killing you. Just 1oz of the Death Cap, which resembles a pleasant white mushroom, can kill a human. Eating a fly agaric (pictured) is more likely to make you feel sick or delirious.

In South Korea, live octopus dish Sannakji is dismembered and drizzled with soy sauce before being eaten. As the small octopus sometimes doesn't have time to die, its legs can choke diners when the suckers get caught on their throat. There is an average of six deaths per year due to asphyxiation by octopus tentacles.
Looks like a regular root vegetable, right? Cassava, also known as manioc, is a tropical root crop which contains the potentially deadly cyanogenic glycoside when raw. It should be cooked thoroughly to remove this and any water used in the cooking discarded.

They may be tasty and good for your health but when raw cashews contain urushiol, a resin that can create significant skin rashes and be toxic when ingested. Fortunately, you're unlikely to find raw cashews in your local supermarket. Raw cashews are related to poison ivy and poison sumac but roasting them at high temperatures destroys the toxic oils.

Hakarl is fermented Greenland shark that is hung to dry for several months. The Icelandic dish can be fatal due to the shark species not having a urinary tract, which means potentially toxic substances being stored in its meat. Trimethylamine oxide in the meat makes it lethal if eaten fresh.
Unlike other clams that are safe to eat, blood clams can ingest viruses and bacteria such as hepatitis A, dysentery and typhoid. The clams that appear as though they are covered in blood are popular in Shanghai and usually eaten after a quick boil.

While maggots might be the worst thing to find in your food, in Italy, this traditional Sardinian cheese features the creepy crawlies to help ferment the sheep's milk cheese. Casu Marzu is illegal in the EU and can cause intestinal lesions, along with diarrhoea and vomiting. Photo by Shardan. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

The leaves of this popular pie ingredient are poisonous and can lead to breathing problems, seizures and even a coma. They are concentrated with oxalic acid which can be highly toxic. Always remember to cut off the leaves!
Visitors to Namibia will find African bullfrog on the menu in some places but the animal contains a range of substances that are lethal to humans. The young frogs that have not yet mated are the deadliest and can cause liver failure.

One of the riskiest items to place in your shopping basket is bean sprouts. When raw they can trigger food poisoning and in recent years have been linked to E.coli and Salmonella. They should be cooked thoroughly and avoided by children and the elderly.

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