The last thing anyone would want to do while eating healthy foods is to die!
Today, we will talk about food that we consume daily ignoring the fact that it can be dangerous enough to send us to the grave.
Check out the 11 everyday foods that can surprisingly harm your health.
More commonly known as Blowfish, these cute innocent looking fish with their awkward swim can ingest a huge amount of water and air to inflate themselves to several times their size, they are considered a delicacy in Japan but only licensed chefs are allowed to cook and serve them to customers.
Its deadly toxin is up to twelve hundred times more deadly than cyanide, the amount of poison one single fish has is enough to kill at least 30 adults. Their toxicity is only neutralized when cooked a certain way, this is the reason most countries in the world have banned them.
Pufferfish poisoning starts with a burning sensation in the mouth followed by slow and slurred speech then progresses into an irregular heartbeat and a total shutdown of the respiratory system.
2. Cherry seeds
Cherries are one of the sweetest fruits on the planet, their unique flavor sets them apart from anything else.
The tiny fruit is fleshy with a tiny seed at the center. No matter what you do, never swallow cherry pits or the small almond inside of them as they are extremely poisonous.
When consumed, even as little as 2 pits, it will lead to cyanide poisoning, which can be fatal.
Shellfish are among the most sought-after delicacies all over the world, they are rich in proteins, minerals, and other nutrients that help the body stay as healthy as possible.
The most common severe health problem shellfish causes are allergies, hundreds of thousands of people are sent to the emergency room after consuming the delicacy.
Shellfish in some parts of the world contain some heavy metals, when ingested, these metals can’t be absorbed by the body so they accumulate in the body leading to organ damage.
Some shellfish can also have large numbers of pathogens and the best way to ensure they are no longer a threat to our health is to avoid eating them raw and thoroughly cook them instead.
4. Casu Marzu cheese
This is not your everyday cheese, it’s a traditional cheese that comes from Sardinia and that has been around for a long time.
What makes this cheese special is the fermentation process it goes through, it’s fermented using live maggots that die and decompose inside of it, giving it that distinct taste.
This cheese has been banned in many countries because it is considered a risk for public health.
5. Hot dogs
Hot dogs are more than just food in the United States, it’s considered a national emblem.
The major risk that hot dogs pose to human health is the risk of choking. Their shape means people, especially young children, are very likely to choke on them when eating in a hurry. The best way to decrease the risk is to cut it up into pieces before serving.
Nutmeg is one of the most flavorful spices in the kitchen, but, when used in higher doses, it can be a hallucinogen that can turn lethal.
When you consume over two teaspoons, you will start to feel the powerful negative effects of it in minutes, it can cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
And as the toxic effect progresses, it causes central nervous system excitation and sometimes can even lead to death.
As long as you keep your doses small and use only a few pinches at a time, you will be fine.
7. Tomato plants
This fruit makes a great addition to salads, salad dressings, and sandwiches, it also makes delicious ketchup.
However, their plant is toxic because they contain large amounts of Glycoalkaloids and Salanine, both of which are toxic to humans. If consumed, they will cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, then it progresses to respiratory issues, which can then lead to death.
The only way to avoid the risk of getting poisoned by tomatoes is to only consume the fruits and stay away from the greens and browns.
While not many people know about it, the ackee is an exotic fruit native to Africa and can be found in the Caribbean and even Jamaica, however, the United States imposed a ban on its import and sale because it’s very dangerous.
When a person consumes an unripe poisonous fruit, they will start to feel weak and dehydrated within a few hours, from there it only gets worse; they start getting seizures, get into a coma, and eventually, they die from the poison.
9. Apple seeds
Apples are one of the best fruits available for human consumption, they have lots of nutrients that keep the body in great shape.
The seeds, on the other hand, are a different story, they contain an amygdalin that releases cyanide when it comes into contact with the human body’s digestive enzymes, this can be deathly in most cases. Even chewing on seeds is dangerous.
However, it takes a huge amount of seeds to get to the poisonous threshold, so it’s not very risky.
In 2014, a major supermarket chain in the United States had to recall all the bitter almonds they sold because they contained traces of hydrocyanic acid and glycoside amygdalin both of which get converted into hydrogen cyanide when exposed to heat and the chemicals in the human digestive system.
To enjoy your almonds with a peaceful mind, simply put them through some cooking, it will take care of all the poisonous elements.
11. Raw Octopus dish
As stomach-turning as it may sound, a raw octopus is considered a delicacy in some parts of the world. The dish is meant to be eaten while the octopus is still squirming.
Even when the chef kills the octopus before serving it to the customer, the nerves in the tentacles will still have the power to squirm and twitch, making it a potential hazardous kill because they can get stuck in the throat blocking the airflow and leading to suffocation.
Food is mostly a means of survival, although some types of food can seem harmless enough, they can pose serious health concerns.
If you’re not sure about a new food you will consume for the first time, make sure to ask around and do your research before biting into it.