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Most people know not to go out into the wild eating every random berry, mushroom, and leaf they see, since a lot of them are poisonous. What you might not know is that some of the foods we have in our very own kitchens can be just as deadly. Watch out for these five potentially deadly foods. Your life may depend on it.
Snow White Is Not The Only One In Danger
Apple seeds contain cyanide, so while the flesh of the fruit is harmless, eat too many seeds and you’re a goner. The less you weigh, the fewer apple seeds you have to eat before you get to the point where they might kill you. Keep an eye on children and pets especially.
This might also be a good time to mention that apples are not the only fruit to use caution around. Cherry and apricot pits are poisonous too.
Stick To The Stalks
Rhubarb is a sour vegetable commonly used to make pies. It’s also a food to put on the list of things that can kill you. While the stalks are perfectly safe to eat, the leaves are not and should be avoided at all costs. They contain oxalic acid, which causes kidney stones, and when consumed in high quantities, can also lead to death.
A Deadly Christmas Spice
A dash of nutmeg here and there won’t hurt you, but in quantities of two tablespoons or more, it’s another story. Even that small amount can lead to hallucinations, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and death. The next time you’re adding nutmeg to your eggnog or coffee, check how much you’re actually putting in. You could end up in the hospital, or worse.
Magic Beans You Say?
Raw lima beans contain a substance known as linamarin. When eaten, linamarin decomposes into hydrogen cyanide, a deadly poison. Lima beans when thoroughly cooked and drained are no problem. It’s when you’re popping them raw or not draining them properly that they can become toxic. Boiling them with the lid on can also be dangerous.
Another Reason To Cut Back On Carbs
Potatoes are part of a group of poisonous flowering plants called nightshades. A potato’s meat won’t kill you, but its stem, leaves, and sprouts just might. Any potato that has begun to sprout is not safe to eat, as the poison can easily pass into the potato itself. Eating just one sprouted baked potato is enough to make a small person pretty sick.