It starts with a feeling of tightness in your throat then suddenly you are chocking, running around the house gasping for breath, you feel like dying and there are only moments left before your inability to take a breath will kill you, your body stiffens and starts to shake, you are losing control, your head is dizzy and 1, 2, 3, you hit the floor.
Believe me, you don’t know how scary it is until you experience it yourself or see somebody you love going through it. This was a brief scenario of what could possibly happen to you when you end up eating something you shouldn’t have eaten in the first place.
When we think about the world’s most dangerous food, we think about the most expensive delicacies that you can never afford to taste, but guess what? You are wrong! Some of the world’s deadliest foods are probably right there in your fridge and in your kitchen!
#1 – Fruit Seeds
Have you ever asked yourself why do we normally eat the fruits and throw the seeds away? Well, very simply because the pits and seeds of certain fruits, like apples, cherries, peach, and apricot, are dangerous enough to poison you and even kill you if eaten in volumes.
They contain a certain type of chemical compound called Hydrogen Cyanide or Prussic acid. And I guess the word ‘’Cyanide’’ is enough to scare the hell out of you and keep you away from taking a bite or two!
#2 – Rhubarb
Known for its astounding nutritional value, rhubarb’s stalks are the key to a healthy body. Their sweet taste and deep red color can make your salad, pie, and fresh tarts taste heavenly scrumptious. However, don’t be fooled by appearances as not all that glitters is gold.
Rhubarb’s nutritional value is unquestionable but interestingly enough its green leafy veggies are not. They are extremely high in oxalic acid, which can cause kidney stones. In addition, the consumption of fewer than 11 pounds of these leaves can make you seriously ill and if you go further than that and you consume 11 pounds and above, be ready, a funeral will soon take a place! NO joke.
#3 – Nutmeg
Nutmeg can be used in many different recipes. Savory or sweet cooking, nutmeg is capable to add that warm spicy aroma and flavor to your dish. It is really healthy and recommended for once in a while. However, one has to be very cautious when using it.
Surely, you have noticed that all cooking recipes in cooking books say a PINCH of nutmeg, not a tablespoon or two. This is very simply because nutmeg was found to be hallucinogenic! Let’s say taking just 0.2 oz of nutmeg is enough to cause convulsions, while 0.3 oz can lead to seizures. And of course, expect something like «nutmeg psychosis» when eating one whole spoon.
#4 – Potatoes
Potato is a family of nightshade plants and it is not dangerous. Just calm down. You are not dying any soon unless you have consumed much of the potato’s leaves, stems, and sprouts. The latter contains Glycoalkaloids which can cause severe stomachache, diarrhea, and headaches. It can also lead to coma and death if its consumption exceeded 150 mg. So, be careful!
#5 – Almonds
Almonds are highly nutritional and rich in vitamins. Their health benefits are extensive. Basically, they are two varieties of almonds: the sweet and the bitter.
The first variety is edible and we can buy it from the grocery stores or supermarkets whereas the second variety contains larger amounts of Hydrogen Cyanide. Eating one to seven bitter almonds is enough to cause health problems for adults and can be even deadly, especially for children.
#6 – Raw Honey
Consuming one tablespoon of raw honey can be surprisingly dangerous. Why? Well, raw honey is dangerous to consume because it didn’t undergo a pasteurization process in which the harmful toxin, Grayanotoxin, is eliminated.
Therefore, symptoms like feeling super dizzy, weak, sweating excessively, and vomiting can appear on you and literally last for twenty-four hours. Don’t you dare to take more tablespoons of raw honey!
#7 – Tomato stems and leaves
No, seriously? Can Tomatoes put my life at risk? Oh my god, I eat it every day, it’s either with eggs in the mornings or as a salad for lunch and even in a sandwich as a snack. This must be your reaction now as you read this but no need to worry.
Calm down and read the heading again “Tomato seeds and leaves.” Oh, yes, you can eat as much as you like of tomatoes no one is saying that tomatoes will end your life!
It’s the stems and leaves of a tomato that can cause a stomach upset and agitation because of the alkali poisons it contains. Also, green or unripe tomatoes can have the same effects as the stems and leaves. It’s true that not a high risk is detected here still you should avoid eating them.
#8 – Tuna
Food and Drug Administration recommend that the consumption of Tuna should be weakly monitored and must be completely avoided by pregnant women and children. The danger lies in the risk of mercury intake when consuming Tuna.
Once the latter heavy metal is in your body, it will negatively affect your kidneys and brain and drive you insane. It’s unlikely that eating tuna in volumes will kill you, still, prevention is always better than cure!
#9 – Cassava
Cassava is a tropical vegetable originated from South America and very famous in Africa and some parts of Asia. Cassava’s hair, skin, and health benefits are beyond imagination but how about if this popular vegetable is also a poison? Confused, aren’t you?
Well, the tuber is healthy and can be eaten all the time and anytime without risking your health and putting it in danger. You can also eat it in many ways and as you prefer. However, the leaves and roots of Cassava are highly rich in cyanide and must be avoided.
#10 – Cashews
Urushiol is a chemical found in raw cashews as well as in poison ivy! Urushiol can be poisonous and cause fatal reactions if taken in larger amounts, especially with people who are allergic to it. Whereas small doses of the later won’t bring your life to an end.
It’s very important to mention that the raw cashews you see in the supermarket are not actually raw but were steamed to eliminate the urushiol on them. Otherwise, you would have suffered from the symptoms caused by poison ivy.