Growing up, I was taught that eating balut makes one feel energized or physically strong. I took that word of mouth seriously. In college, I see to it that I consume one when I need to type long reports. Yes, typing back then took me until the wee hours in the morning. I thought I was too young then to worry about the bulk of cholesterol that comes with every piece. I didn't make a big deal of the cholesterol it might contribute to my system simply because I love it. Nowadays, though, I do worry.
Balut with spicy vinegar and iodized salt
If only Fear Factor would make an exclusive season for balut eating, setting aside the health concerns, then I'd probably make it as one of the major winners. Dare me! :)