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4 Toxic foods that are probably in your kitchen right now

Although we might be considering these foods to be completely harmless and some might even be under the impression that these are essential ingredients to their delicious meals, it might not always be the case because everything good comes with a price.

Listed below are some of the foods which are commonly eaten but they hide a deadly secret underneath their layers- toxins.

Potatoes

Spuds are great, delicious and easy to cook, making them a favorite food for many. Eating organic is even better. But, beware when your potato starts to turn green because it means your face may turn the same color. When this happens it means solanine is now in the food and that can cause everything gastrointestinal discomfort to hallucinations, paralysis and death.

Raw Almonds

One thing you may be surprised to find about almonds is that they’re not actually raw like you think. Raw almonds are not only bitter but contain cyanide — making them both gross tasting and sometimes deadly. Even just a handful of these seeds can cause stomach cramping, nausea and dizziness. They are illegal to sell in the United States, but it’s best to stay away from them when traveling abroad as the same restrictions do not apply.

Kidney Beans

Like lima beans, kidney beans can never be eaten raw. They contain the toxin phytohaemagglutinin, which can give you minor stomach discomfort in the best case scenario and food poisoning in the worst; in rare cases some of died. To ensure you have a delicious meal and not a deadly one boil your beans for 10 minutes before cooking them. This is especially true if you are using a slow cooker because the beans become five times more toxic when heated at those lower temperatures. If you’re nervous, stick with the canned beans.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but eating apple seeds will have you frantically calling for one. Why? They contain amygdalin, which again turns into hydrogen cyanide leading to vomiting and dizziness when consumed in small amounts and kidney failure and coma when a large amount is ingested. But, not to worry because the body can handle a few accidental seeds; just don’t eat a handful. The same rule goes for all stone fruits like plums, peaches, cherries, pears and apricots.

 

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