Yesterday Elle published a list of the 10 most dangerous foods, and I have to admit, it was a little disappointing. I clicked through expecting to find exotic and dangerous dishes like Fugu and was instead greeted with 10 of the most mundane items possible. It’s pretty likely almost everyone here has had all 10 of the “most dangerous foods,” and if you’re reading this I can only assume you’ve come away from each of them not much worse for wear. We all know that sometimes staple foods can contain harmful bacteria, but calling the foods themselves dangerous is kind of like compiling a list of the deadliest animals and then putting deer ahead of great white sharks because they kill more people in car crashes. Sure, it’s absolutely true, but that doesn’t make it any less lame.
I don’t want what’s dangerous to be watered down by actual statistics, that takes all the fun out of it. More people die swimming than skydiving, does that mean swimming is the more dangerous activity? I’m guessing it just means less people go skydiving in the first place because they know there are significant risks involved. Maybe this is a little petty, but I’m thinking we should reserve words like dangerous for things that are actually daring, not essential food items that happen to sometimes go bad. What say the rest of you?
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