Eaten Alive: Frog Heart, Fish, Baby Octopus (Photo courtesy of namelessCat on Flickr.com.)

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There's fresh - and then there's fresh - the controversy behind these dishes stem from activists who believe that it's cruel to eat animals while they're still alive.

In Asia, you'll find your fish so fresh that it's still moving. For example, frog heart is served with the frog still alive - and the heart still beating as you chomp down on it. Similarly, shrimp, sea urchin, lobster, and other fish are often served with the fins and "whiskers" still moving - a testament to the freshness of the fish. In Korea, san-nak-ji or live baby octopus is served still wriggling on your plate - the key is to chew it thoroughly before swallowing so that the tentacles don't latch onto your throat while it goes down.

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