12 Common Foods That Can Be Toxic

 

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While most people are aware that certain foods are bad for your health, some seemingly healthy foods have dangerous properties that go unnoticed. While moderate amounts of these foods are unlikely to harm you, in large quantities – or under certain conditions – they may do more harm to your health than you realize.

1.Mushrooms :

While most mushrooms sold in supermarkets are safe to eat, mushroom enthusiasts should be cautious about the species they consume because many varieties can be extremely dangerous, even fatal. Around 100 mushroom species are toxic to humans, causing symptoms ranging from headaches to seizures and even death…

2.Rapeseed Oil :

There has been a lot of discussion about this seemingly harmless natural oil, but the consensus seems to be that it could negatively affect our health. According to reports, the rape plant, from which the oil is derived, is highly toxic, and consuming its oil could result in respiratory problems and blindness.

3.Rice :

It is impossible to deny that rice has numerous health benefits. However, because of its allegedly unsafe levels of arsenic, it may be best eaten in moderation, as with most things. According to one study, one in every five packs of American long-grain rice contains potentially dangerous levels of harmful substance. In contrast, others have expressed concern about arsenic levels in rice milk and baby rice. Simultaneously, the consumption of a single bowl of rice poses little risk of long-term harm…

4.Nutmeg:

the most dangerous foods on this list is also one of the most surprising: nutmeg, a common pantry spice. Although nutmeg, like many of the foods on this list, has been linked to health benefits, it can also be extremely dangerous when consumed in large quantities. Nutmeg contains a toxic substance called myristicin, which can cause hallucinations in moderate doses, while more significant amounts can cause palpitations, convulsions, nausea, dehydration, and death.

5.Chillies :

Chilies are famous for their heat, which is why they are so popular. However, the chemical that causes the spiciness (capsaicin) can be toxic, causing stomach pain, itchy skin, and, in extreme cases, death. For most people, eating chilies will cause little harm; however, capsaicin is best consumed in moderation, so take it easy and avoid any chili eating challenges!..

6.Farmed Salmon :

Although we are constantly encouraged to eat more oily fish, research suggests that eating farmed salmon may not be the suitable way to do so. A study discovered that 13 different toxins, including PCBs, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified as probable human carcinogens, are present at much higher levels in farm-raised salmon than in wild salmon.

7.Potatoes :

Potatoes may appear to be harmless, but studies have revealed that they contain toxic properties known as glycoalkaloids, affecting the digestive and nervous systems, causing headaches, weakness, confusion, diarrhea, and vomiting other symptoms. Poisoning from potatoes is extremely rare, but fans of the popular vegetable should take precautions by avoiding potatoes with sprouts, which have a higher concentration of glycoalkaloids, and those that have turned green…

8.Cherry Pits :

The poisonous prussic acid, also known as cyanide, is found in the hard stone in the center of cherries. But don’t worry if you accidentally swallow one; intact pits pass through your system and out the other end. As you eat your cherries, avoid crunching or crushing the pits.

9.Apple Seeds :

Apple seeds contain cyanide as well, so eating a handful as a snack isn’t a good idea. Luckily, apple seeds have a protective shell that prevents cyanide from entering your system if you eat them by accident. However, it is prudent to exercise caution. Cyanide, even in small doses, can cause rapid breathing, seizures, and death…

10.Elderberries :

Elderberry can be taken as a syrup or supplement to boost your immune system and treat cold or flu symptoms, as well as constipation. However, eating unripe elderberry berries, bark or leaves may make you feel worse rather than better. They contain lectin and cyanide, both of which can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea…

11.Raw Kidney Beans :

Raw red kidney beans have a high concentration of lectins of any bean variety. Lectins are a toxin that can cause a severe stomachache, vomiting, or diarrhea. It only takes about five raw kidney beans to cause these side effects, which is why you should always boil your beans before eating them…

12.Bitter Almonds :

Both bitter and sweet almonds contain amygdalin, a chemical compound that can be converted to cyanide, but bitter almonds have significantly higher levels. Snacking on sweet almonds is safe, but eating untreated bitter almonds can cause cramps, nausea, and diarrhea.

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