Common Foods That Contain Natural Poisons That Can Cause Death Or Harm Your Health

Herbalist Dr MziziMkavu

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Feb 3, 2009
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Common Foods That Contain Natural Poisons That Can Cause Death Or Harm Your Health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), certain naturally occurring toxins are created in food as a type of defense mechanism to protect plants from animal infestation and consumption. These toxins can be found in a variety of foods. These naturally occurring toxins are the root cause of a wide range of adverse health effects and have the potential to pose serious health risks to both humans and livestock. One of the adverse health effects caused by these naturally occurring toxins is acute poisoning.

Acute poisoning can cause a wide range of symptoms, including allergic reactions, severe stomachaches and diarrhea, and even death in the most severe cases. Their cumulative negative effects on health can have an adverse effect on various body systems, such as the immune, reproductive, or nervous systems, and they can also cause the formation and progression of cancer cells. Therefore, even though these naturally occurring toxins do not cause any harm to the plants themselves, other organisms, including humans, can become ill from consuming them.

Unfortunately, a large number of the common foods that we do consume contain, to varying degrees, particular naturally occurring toxins, which means that they have the potential to be harmful to one’s health. In accordance with the information provided by Christine Mikstas of WebMD, the following are examples of common foods that include natural toxins or poisons:

1. Apple seeds
The apple is widely acknowledged to be among the most nutrient-dense foods on the entire planet; consequently, the proverbial “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” refers to this fruit. Apple seeds, despite having what appears to be an impressive nutrient profile, are not as healthy as the apple fruit itself because they contain cyanide, a potent toxin that can cause rapid breathing, seizures, and possibly even death, even in small doses. If you happen to swallow an apple seed by accident, you won’t get sick from the cyanide because they have a coating that prevents it from being absorbed by your body.

2. Nutmeg
Nutmeg is widely regarded as one of the most effective ways to impart a pleasant, nutty flavor to a wide variety of baked goods that are commonly available. According to WebMD, however, its consumption—especially in large amounts—should be monitored closely because it has the potential to cause major issues within the body. This is due to the fact that it contains myristicin, an oil that has been discovered to cause undesirable and adverse health effects such as hallucinations, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, and seizures. The reason for this is that it contains myristicin.

3. Green potatoes
Potatoes are widely regarded as a nutritious food and are regarded as one of the top dietary sources for a wide variety of important nutrients. However, not all potatoes are beneficial in this way because a poisonous chemical called glycoalkaloid can be found in the leaves, sprouts, and underground stems (tubers) of potatoes. When potatoes are exposed to light, damaged, or allowed to mature, a material that is known to be hazardous will cause the potatoes to turn green. Consuming potatoes that are high in glycoalkaloid content can result in a variety of unpleasant side effects, including nausea, diarrhoea, disorientation, migraines, and even death.

4. Raw kidney beans
Consuming kidney beans is one of the most effective ways to fulfill the mineral and vitamin needs of your body. However, treating them properly requires extreme caution, particularly when they are in their unprocessed state. Raw red kidney beans, according to Christine Mikstas of WebMD, have the largest concentration of lectins, which are a type of toxin that can cause stomach aches, make you feel nauseated or vomit, and give you diarrhea. Lectins can also cause an allergic reaction in some people. It just takes four or five kidney beans in their raw form to elicit these effects; therefore, it is recommended to cook them first.

5. Rhubarb leaves
It is safe to consume the stalk of the rhubarb plant, but the leaves should be avoided at all costs since they contain oxalic acid, a naturally occurring toxin that binds to calcium and makes it more difficult for your body to absorb it. Eating the stem of the rhubarb plant is not a bad idea. As a consequence of this, your bones are harmed and are unable to develop as they should. As a consequence of this, you are at an increased risk for experiencing serious health effects such as kidney stones, issues with blood clotting, vomiting, diarrhea, and coma.

6. Bitter almonds
Although it is known that both bitter and sweet almonds contain amygdalin, a chemical molecule that has the potential to transform into cyanide, bitter almonds are thought to have the highest levels of this potentially harmful chemical compound. Bitter almonds, on the other hand, have been known to produce stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea in people who eat them. Consuming sweet almonds, on the other hand, will not have any negative effects on your body, but eating bitter almonds could.

7. Raw cashews
The nutrient profile of cashew nuts is quite excellent, which is fitting given that they are one of the healthiest nuts in the world. Consuming raw cashew nuts, on the other hand, may be detrimental to your health due to the presence of a natural toxin known as urushiol. This toxin is eliminated from the shell of the cashew when it is prepared. The same urushiol toxin that is present in poison ivy can also be found in poison oak, and both of these toxins can produce allergic reactions, some of which can be severe enough to result in death.

8. Mushrooms
Another rather healthy dietary item that should be monitored closely is mushroom consumption. There are several wild mushroom kinds that should be avoided at all costs. Both the death cap (Amanita phalloides) and the destroying angel are types of the Amanita genus (Amanita virosa). According to Healthline, ingesting certain wild mushroom types can result in abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, severe thirst, dehydration, liver failure, coma, and even death.

9. Mangoes
According to Christine Mikstas of WebMD, the skin, bark, and leaves of mangoes contain urushiol, a natural toxin that is also present in poison ivy. This is the same substance that is found in raw cashews. In the event that you are allergic to the toxin, you may have a severe reaction consisting of swelling, a rash, and even difficulty breathing if you come into contact with it. (Opera News)
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Cinnamon contains the chemical coumarin which is moderately toxic to the liver and kidney if ingested in large amounts. The cinnamon challenge can be life-threatening or fatal. In the first three months of 2012, American poison control centers received over a hundred phone calls as a result of the cinnamon challenge.

4-Year Old Dies After Inhaling Cinnamon: How a Common Spice Can Kill.​

4-Year Old Dies After Inhaling Cinnamon: How a Common Spice Can Kill

What started as just another day in the life of Brianna Radar ended tragically. On June 3rd, her 4 year old son, Mathew Radar was playing in the kitchen when he came across a common ingredient in every kitchen, ground cinnamon powder. Curious as kids are, he put some in his mouth. Within seconds, he was choking like he was having a seizure and collapsed right there on the kitchen floor. He was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead just an hour and a half later. According to the coroner, the spice got into his lungs and caused asphyxiation. His mother revealed that Matthew was a healthy kid with no prior health problems.The distraught mother’s life may have come to a standstill that fateful day but she has taken it upon herself not to let this tragedy happen to anyone herself. She has started a campaign to urge kids and teenagers not to perform the ‘cinnamon challenge’. This challenge has been going viral on social media and in the recent years has become an internet trend with many willing to take the dare. You may have come across several videos of people stuffing down cinnamon, coughing, choking and lunging for water, while friends watch and giggle.Like the ice-bucket challenge, this one too has gained popularity. But does that mean you should try it? Attempting to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon powder in 60 seconds without water isn’t just painful but dangerous too. Doctors and health experts have spoken against this seemingly harmless stunt, the consequences of which are more frightening than it appears.

(Store Cupboard Swaps - Kitchen Tips for Busy Cooks)A 2013 study published in the Journal Pediatrics found that the number of calls to poison control centers and visits to emergency rooms due to cinnamon toxicity rose drastically over a period of two years in the United States. Most adolescents suffered from burning in the airways, nosebleeds and difficulty in breathing while in some serious cases they ended up on ventilators.(Top 10 Health-Related Concerns)Cinnamon is a common spice that you’ll find in most kitchens. Ms. Rader asks parents to keep such spices out of reach from children. In this hour of need she found many well-wishers, who helped her raise about $1,065 to cover her son’s funeral. She has since been spreading the word about the dangers of inhaling cinnamon powder.

How deadly is a spoonful of cinnamon?Little Matthew’s death was a terrible accident but it sounds an alarm against the ‘cinnamon challenge’ that people across the globe undertake despite the dangers."When taken in small quantities, cinnamon actually helps in increasing metabolism and keeps insulin levels in control for those who are diabetic. If the intake is in large quantities (like a tablespoon of cinnamon powder used for the challenge) it can severely damage the throat and cause bronchial blockage which can even result in choking,” Dr. Anju Sood, Bangalore based nutritionist.(Cinnamon May Help Diabetics)There is nothing that cinnamon contains which makes it poisonous. It only becomes a threat to the respiratory system when inhaled in large quantities. The fieriness of ground cinnamon powder, when consumed, may induce coughing causing it to get into the lungs and block access to air. It may lead to scarring, severe irritation and spasm. The irritation leads to rapid exhalation to expel out the spicy powder, also known as 'Dragon Breath'. The spice is made from tree bark and contains cellulose fibres that don't easily break down. It may remain lodged in the lungs and create blockages. The lack of oxygen to the brain may cause seizures, potentially leading to death.(What is the Mystery Respiratory Virus Sickening US Children?)Dr. Shikha Sharma clarifies, “Ideally, only a pinch (about a gram) of cinnamon can be consumed daily for therapeutic purposes but never in raw powder form. It can be added to tea or milkshakes. An incident like this makes us cautious of the innocent dangers lurking in our kitchens. source. 4-Year Old Dies After Inhaling Cinnamon: How a Common Spice Can Kill

30 Foods You Didn't Know Could Kill You.​

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Turns out, there are plenty of dangerous things in your kitchen, and many foods that often taste delicious can post a threat to your health if you're not careful. Do a sweep of your fridge and pantry for these items to ensure safe eating.
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Not every mushroom is created equal. Crimini mushrooms might make perfect pasta toppers, but some species contain poisons that can kill.



Tomato with a segment cut off

The juicy, red fruit contains a poison, Glycoalkaloid, in its leaves, which is known for causing upset stomachs, severe cramping, and anxiety. So steer clear of the leaves and stems.


Rhubarb Leaves​

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Rhubarb might bake up all kinds of delicious sweets, but the leaves are poisonous, causing breathing trouble, seizures, kidney failure, and in some cases, death.



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One of the most common allergies is to peanuts. The most severe response is anaphylaxis, which can lead to severe constriction of the airways, shock, and even loss of consciousness. It is dangerous enough to cause death if left untreated, so know your allergies before stepping anywhere near these babies or their addictive friend, peanut butter.



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A severe allergic reaction to shellfish can inhibit breathing and even be life-threatening.




Potatoes have both poisonous stems and leaves, but even so, potato poisoning is rare. Most potato-related deaths come from eating green potatoes, or drinking potato leaf tea.




Watch out for cherry seeds, which contain poisonous hydrogen cyanide.


Raw Meat and Uncooked Eggs​

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Raw meat — including red meat, poultry, and seafood — and uncooked eggs can contain salmonella bacteria, which can cause gastroenteritis in humans. Salmonella poisoning can also lead to serious complications, such as bacteremia (when salmonella enters the bloodstream) that are life-threatening to people with weaker immune systems. So light a flame under your meat to avoid any risks.



Full Frame Shot Of Almonds

This seed (no, it isn't actually a nut) may pack in many health benefits — but they are also potentially full of poison. Bitter almonds, while in their raw form, are full of cynaide. They need to go through a specialized heat treatment (more than just your DIY oven roasting) in order to remove the toxins.


Hot Dogs​

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The ballpark favorite is the leading cause of choking fatalities among children, so watch your little ones when they scarf 'em down.


Stone Fruit Seeds and Apple Seeds​

Apples and stone fruits — cherries, plums, apples, pears, peaches, and apricots — are nature's candy, but stay away from the seeds (as well as the bark and leaves). They contain amygdalin, a compound that produces cyanide. Large doses can lead to dizziness and vomiting, increased blood pressure, kidney failure, coma, and even death.



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We love us some berries, but the elderberry plant, used in medicinal syrups, sodas, and liquors can cause a severely upset stomach, so stay away from the stems and leaves.


Castor Oil​


Castor oil comes from the castor bean plant, which is loaded with the poison ricin. Make sure the beans your castor oil was made from adhered to all safety guidelines.


Fugu (Puffer Fish)​

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The puffer fish's skin and certain organs contain an extremely poisonous toxin that can paralyze a human and even cause death.


Sannakji (Live Octopus)​

<b>Where to Get It:</b> Korea<br />Diners who choose sannakji shouldn't be squeamish — reserve that trait for the food on the plate. Live octopus is cut up and seasoned with oil and sesame seeds to make this dish. Watch out for those suction cups after you take a bite. They can get stuck to your mouth and throat.
Be careful if you ever eat live octopus — the suction cups can get stuck to your throat if you don't chew thoroughly. And that does not sound pleasant.



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This pear-shaped fruit needs to ripen fully, as it contains toxins that can lead to death. Importation of the raw fruit is banned in the U.S, but you can buy it canned.




Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, poisonous toxins, are found in this sweet and sticky treat. If honey isn't pasteurized properly, eating it can lead to headaches, dizziness, weakness and vomiting — eating too much of it can be fatal.
source. 30 Foods You Didn't Know Could Kill You

Kidney and Lima Beans​

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These legumes are good for you, unless they're prepared incorrectly. Soak red kidney beans for several hours to remove lectins, which can kill the cells in your stomach, and cook and drain lima beans thoroughly to get rid of the chemical compound, linamarin, which can turn into hydrogen cyanide.




You've likely heard about the dangers of mercury poisoning, and that's a big reason why you should be careful of your raw tuna intake — especially for children and pregnant women. Once ingested, it can cause itching, pain, high blood pressure and other dangerous symptoms.




You most likely already have nutmeg in your spice cabinet. Though it's great to have on-hand for baking, ingesting a significant amount can lead to psychotic symptoms like disorientation, hallucinations and hyper-excitation.



Cashew shells carry anacardic acid which can cause burn your skin and cause an upset stomach. There's also the fact that cashews must be boiled or roasted before you eat them. In their raw state, they have urushiol, a chemical that can cause poison ivy-like rashes — or worse, death depending on how much you consume.



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Cassava flour has emerged as a popular gluten-free alternative, but the vegetable's leaves and roots are rich in cyanide. Just two roots can carry a fatal dose. The veggies must be peeled and cooked before consumption.


Bean Sprouts​

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Sprouts are often consumed raw — like on salads — or lightly cooked, thrown into a stir fry last minute to preserve the crunch. That's means its tough to cook out food borne illnesses, like e.coli, listeria, and salmonella. Since 1996, 30 different outbreaks (some deadly) have been r


Raw Milk​

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Grocery store milks are pasteurized, but some people drink milk straight from the animal. It's called raw milk, and it's a risky beverage. Anyone who drinks it — especially young children — are at major risk for deadly diseases including e.coli and listeria.


Chili Peppers​

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One won't kill you — obviously — but peppers have a chemical called capsaicin. It's what makes them spicy, and it's also what's used in pepper spray. Consuming a lot (like during a dangerous pepper eating contest) can cause your lungs to constrict.



A popular game called Chubby Bunny requires people to stuff as many marshmallows in their mouth as possible. As a result, two people have died, and the fluffy sweets are now seen as a major choking hazard.


Unpasteurized Cheese​

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Similar to raw milk, unpasteurized cheese — or "raw" cheese — isn't commercially imported to the U.S. (That includes popular varieties like camembert.) It's a host for deadly food borne illnesses and bacteria.


Microwave Popcorn​

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It's not so much the kernels as it is the bags they come in. When a chemical that's used in the bag's nonstick coating decomposes, it creates a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid. That acid's been linked to both liver and prostate cancer.



You don't need to fear the fats in butter, but you should watch your margarine intake. Many tubs are high in hydrogenated oils — which pack trans fats aka the bad kind. They can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer.


Processed Meat​

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Bacon is keto-friendly, but it's not actually doing your body any good. According to the National Cancer Institute, meats containing nitrites and nitrates have been consistently linked to colon cancer.
source. 30 Foods You Didn't Know Could Kill You
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