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Foods That Can Be Toxic

Roasted slices of potato in rustic clay pot

Not to scare you away or ruin the joys of eating, but there are certain ‘healthy’ natural foods – not just the canned and processed foods – that contain some chemical elements that can be poisonous to your body and hazardous to your health. Since forever, it has been constantly ingrained in our minds by many healthy lifestyle magazines as well as our parents, that eating fruits and vegetables is good for the body. While they are indeed a part of a well-balanced diet, too much consumption of certain foods can be very dangerous and toxic to your health and body.

This article will mention some of the toxic foods that can be potentially harmful to the human body in order to forewarn you:

Red Kidney Beans

If consumed without boiling, red kidney beans can cause severe nausea and vomiting. Before integrating red kidney beans in your cooking, make sure that you soak them in water for a couple of hours and then boil them for at least 10 minutes.

Potatoes and Tomatoes

Both, potatoes and tomatoes stem from the plant that contains glycoalkaloid poison in its leaves. This type of poison can trigger extreme nervousness as well as upset the stomach. While, potato and tomato poisoning is rare, it can even lead to death from a coma. Make sure that you steer clear from green potatoes and remove any attached leaves before consuming.

Bitter Almonds

Almonds are known to stimulate brain activity and further boost your memory. However, you need to know that there are two varieties of almonds, one is sweet and the other one bitter. While sweet almonds are good for the memory, bitter raw almonds contain harmful substances like cyanide which has the potential to kill you.

Wild Mushrooms

It comes as no surprise that mushrooms are also one of the most toxic foods out there. There are certain mushroom types like toadstools that can kill you. Since it is difficult to distinguish a poisonous mushroom from a non-poisonous mushroom, you need to ensure that you get mushrooms of a reliable brand and from a credible grocery store.

Apple and Cherry Seeds

While an apple a day does keep the doctor away, eating apple seeds will have the opposite effect. This is because apple seeds are poisonous and contains components of amygdalin. If you consume enough quantity of apple seeds, it can cause a toxic effect in your body. Similarly, cherry seeds contain poisonous components of hydrogen cyanide. However, accidentally ingesting a few seeds is not harmful.

This does not mean you should stop consuming the above mentioned foods. What’s important is that you consume them in the prescribed manner and in case you see any health issues, get in touch with a telemedicine expert.