7 Poisonous Foods: Are They in Your Pantry?

Rucuss staffOctober 13, 2011

Everyday we eat foods produced from plants that carry deadly poisons.

Fruits that are healthy but that can kill you if you eat too many at the same time. If its edible, many have tried it regardless of the consequences. There are plenty of foods that if cooked or handled incorrectly could be poisonous. YahooShine via Babble.com as come up with a list of toxic foods that you may have in your pantry:

Pufferfish or Fugu

Pufferfish must be skillfully prepared in order to separate the delicious flesh from the parts that contain a deadly toxin. You can’t make this one at home (and that’s probably for the best) — you’ll have to go to one of the seventeen restaurants in the U.S. that are licensed to sell it.

Live Octopus or San Nak Ji

Strictly speaking, San Nak Ji isn’t poisonous, but it’s potentially deadly nonetheless. As you swallow the live octopus, the suction cups can stick to your throat, choking you in the process. I guess you really need to chew?

Nutmeg

Who knew that this common spice, used to flavor the most wholesome of treats, is also a hallucinogen? Ingesting as little as 2 grams can have an effect, and ingesting a whole nut can lead to death.

Potatoes

The leaves and stem of potatoes contain the poison glycoalkaloid. When the flesh of the potato has turned green it is also poisonous, so cut out any green parts before cooking. Keep your spuds in the dark to avoid green potatoes all together.

Chilies

Chilies contain a substance called capsaicin–this is the chemical that makes chilies hot. Though a little bit won’t hurt you, capsaicin is strong enough to be used in paint strippers and pepper spray.

Cherries

The bad news–eating a lot of cherry pits will kill you because they contain cyanide. The good news–you probably won’t ever eat a lot of cherry pits.

Apples

Like cherries, apple seeds contain cyanide. Also, like cherry pits, you’d really have to eat a lot before you had a problem.

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