7 of The World’s Strangest Delicacies And Their Health Benefits

1. Salmon Roe, widely known as Caviar, Worldwide

Salmon roe is rich in omega 3 compare to any other food. One ounce of salmon roe contains 1800 mg of omega 3– three times the amount in salmon meat. It is also rich in antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins including high levels of vitamins C, D and E, B12, selenium, thiamine and folate

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Fish eggs are also high in protein and it is a good source of cholesterol for those children who are allergic to chicken eggs.

Salmon roe and other fish eggs are good for brain development in children. It also promotes fertility.

2. Witchetty grub, Australia

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Witchetty Grubs is rich in protein and fat. It is a good source of Calcium, Thiamin, Niacin and Folate.

Witchelly Grubs also contains 35.4g of carbs and low in Simple carbs- good for people who are watching their sugar intake. It also contains Magnesium (an essential micronutrient for muscle nerve and heart) and Sodium. It also helps to support a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong.

However, if you’re on a low-fat diet plan it is preferable to eat Witchetty Grubs in moderation.

3. Roasted guinea pig, Peru

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Cuy Bien (Roasted guinea pig) is a traditional dish and a major part of the diets in Peru. According to Lilia Chauca, an agricultural engineer who specializes in zootechnology at the National Institute for Agricultural Investigacion, Guinea pig is very rich in protein and very low in fat.

4, Century eggs, China

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The century egg is preserved for 8 months or a year, in a mixture which includes clay, ash and lime. This mixture turns the egg yolk a dark green color and gives it a strong smell of sulphur. Century egg contains more protein and lesser carbohydrates compare to fresh egg.

Regular consumption of preserved eggs may lower blood pressure, improve appetite, vision and the liver. Rumors claim that the egg is used as an aphrodisiac, although, further studies should be done to prove these claims.

5. Snake wine, South-east Asia

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Snake wine is made up of blood and bile of snake. It is mostly found in some Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines also in Korea, and Japan.

The consumption of snake wine was originally for medicinal purposes and many still drink it for those reasons. According to Chinese’s traditional medicine snake can treat superficial diseases such as skin eruptions, sore throats, hemorrhoids and eye infections.

6. Tong zi dan, China

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Tongzi Dan are urine-soaked hard-boiled eggs that overlap between local tradition and modern medicine. It is commonly found in street fare in Dongyang, Zhejiang Province.

The process for making Tongzi Dan is similar to making other types of boiled eggs, such as tea eggs. But instead of tea or water, the eggs are soaked in urine. Most people in Dongyang believe that the egg may increase blood flow and lower internal temperature.

7. Baby mice wine, China/Korea

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In the earlier times, it is said that residents who didn’t have enough money to visit a doctor started brewing baby mice as a remedy for asthma and liver problems. Seeing the benefits in almost every variation of illness, the Koreans started to use the baby mice wine as an medicine against almost any sort of illness.

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