PAFT Reports Trending Grilled Balut Safe For Consumption Although It Contains Hydrogen Sulfide
The trending grilled balut is safe for human consumption although it contains a toxic chemical called Hydrogen Sulfide.
Over the past few months, the popularity of ‘Grilled Balut‘ has taken the Philippines by storm. This exotic street food, made from a fertilized duck egg that is boiled, grilled, and served on skewers, has become a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
Its unique flavor and texture have attracted many entrepreneurs to sell it, leading to a surge in the number of vendors offering it for sale.
However, there have been concerns raised about the safety of this delicacy. According to some netizens, ‘Grilled Balut’ emits a highly toxic gas known as Hydrogen Sulfide. This gas is colorless and has a distinct odor of rotten eggs.
It can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory tract, and may also affect other parts of the body if exposure is prolonged.
Some of the long-term effects of exposure to Hydrogen Sulfide can include reduced attention span, headaches, and motor function issues. These symptoms may persist for weeks, months, or even years after exposure to the gas.
Therefore, it is essential to take precautions when consuming ‘Grilled Balut’ to avoid exposure to this toxic gas.
Despite these concerns, the Philippine Association of Food Technologists has reassured the public that the amount of Hydrogen Sulfide present in ‘Grilled Balut’ is not a cause for concern.
They have stated that the levels of the gas produced by this delicacy are too low to cause any significant harm to consumers. They also advise that if anyone experiences any adverse effects after consuming this dish, they should seek medical attention immediately.
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