The 10 Most Dangerous Food Challenges: From Dumb Dares to Deadly Delicacies

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We've rounded up ten dangerous food challenges, from ridiculous dares that'll leave you feeling uncomfortable, to say the least, to deadly delicacies being served around the world.

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Chubby Bunny

Chubby Bunny might seem like a harmless activity, but it has led at least two deaths from suffocation. The participant who can stuff the most marshmallows in his or her mouth and still be able to say “chubby bunny” wins the game, but the marshmallows pose a choking hazard.

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Milk Gallon Challenge

This oldie food dare involves chugging a gallon of milk in under an hour, which is difficult for many people mainly due to the stomach's half-gallon capacity. Contestants find themselves suffering from symptoms like bloating, cramps and vomiting, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Banana Sprite Challenge

Consume one liter of carbonated soda and two bananas, and what happens? The television show Tosh.0 attempted this absurd food challenge on a spinning fair ride in an episode called "Web Regurgitation: Hurl-a-Whirl", the title of which probably tells you everything you need to know.

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Cinnamon Challenge

In this challenge, a person attempts to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under a minute without drinking water. The challenge went viral over the last three years, and there are thousands of recorded attempts on the Internet. However, USA Today reports that cinnamon misuse has led to dozens of hospitalizations and can lead to long-term scarring of the airway.

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Drinking Games

There are a variety of drinking games that challenge participants to consume booze in creative ways. Take Edward Fortyhands, a silly homage to the Tim Burton film that duct-tapes forty-ounce beers to participants' hands, or the college crowd favorite Flip Cup that's become popular enough to inspire pay-to-play tournaments across the country. While drinking games can be fun, it's important to remember that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning—or a terrible hangover.

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Salt and ice challenge

This dangerous challenge has participants pour salt on their bodies and apply ice to the salt, and then endure the burning pain for as long as they can. Adding salt to ice lowers its freezing point to -17°F, which can produce frostbite-like injuries. Last year, one 12-year-old boy from Pittsburgh tried the salt-and-ice challenge and suffered serious second-degree cold injuries that required hospital treatment.

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Eating the hottest chilies

Thrill-seekers test their limits by eating the world’s spiciest peppers, but video footage clearly shows the debilitating effect of Trinidad Scorpion Moruga, ghost pepper and other kings of heat. With reactions ranging from vomiting and pain to lightheadedness and the temporary inability to speak, these vegetables bring the heat!

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Live Octopus

In Korea, octopus is served live in a traditional dish called sannakji, where it is prepared whole or cut up into little pieces. Even cut up, the wriggly arms writhe on the plate and grip with their suction cups. The danger lies not chewing the tentacles properly; otherwise, they may stick to the mouth and throat and cause choking.

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Ackee

In its unripe form, Jamaica's national fruit ackee contains toxic levels of a poison called hypoglycin in certain fleshy parts and in its smooth, black seeds. If the fruit is improperly consumed, the poison can cause Jamaican Vomiting Sickness characterize by symptoms like acute vomiting, convulsions, coma and even death.

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Fugu (Pufferfish)

The poison in parts of the blowfish is 1,200 times more deadly than cyanide, and it only takes an amount the size of a pinhead to kill a person. It takes years of training for a chef to learn how to safely prepare this Japanese delicacy, which leads to several deaths and many more poisonings every year.

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Cinnamon tastes wonderful in our favorite foods and is recently getting buzz for its potential health benefits for diabetes patients, but this fall-favorite spice also carries a seedy reputation for being involved in a dangerous food challenge.

You may be familiar with the cinnamon challenge, for which participants are dared to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon without drinking water. The challenge went viral years ago, and thousands of videos have since popped up on the Internet to entertain and horrify viewers. While you might get a few laughs coughing up red plumes of cinnamon, CBS reports that this food challenge is dangerous enough to send people to the hospital for breathing problems, choking and even collapsed lungs.

It's not just cinnamon that's gone viral—there are videos of everything from milk to salty crackers to powdered donuts being consumed quickly or in excess for a thrill. We've rounded up ten dangerous food challenges, from ridiculous dares that'll leave you feeling uncomfortable, to say the least, to deadly delicacies being served around the world.

Check out the slideshow above to discover 10 risky food challenges that can put you in the hospital—or worse!

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