People are one of the few creatures on this planet who are able to ignore their basic instinct for survival. In other words only humans are able to play with their own life by pushing their bodies in doing many extreme activities that are so extreme that they defy the common sense, such as: ultra-marathons in the desert or setting the world record in holding your breath under water.
And not only that, but there are several foods in the world that are extremely dangerous for your health and you probably have them in your kitchen. Now you are probably wondering what foods are those. Before we tell you which foods are those, you should know that they can be extremely harmful, because of the substances they contain. This means that next time you want to eat any of these foods you should think twice.
- Fruit seeds
You should know that apple and cherry seeds are rich in hydrocyanic acid. This acid is pretty dangerous for your body and that is why you should not eat a greater amount of these seeds. You also need to avoid eating apricot and peach seeds.
Rhubarb leaves are rich in oxalic acid. This acid is dangerous for your body, because it can cause kidney stones. The amount that can be fatal for you is about 5 pounds of rhubarb leaves. However you should know that every organism is different and sometimes even a smaller amount can harm you.
As you probably already know, the nutmeg has hallucinogenic properties. This means that the nutmeg can cause you hallucinations. Also it is very important for you to know that only 6 grams of nutmeg can lead you to convulsions and 8.5 grams can cause you seizures. Remember this, you should not eat a whole nutmeg, because if you do that, you may suffer from a temporary psychosis, which in many cases includes a severe anxiety as well.
Glycoalkaloids, are substances that can be found in potato leaves, stems and sprouts. They can also be found in the potato as well if the potato is exposed to light for far too long. These substances can be really dangerous, because they can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, headache, and sometimes even coma and death. According to many scientists only 3 to 6 mg of substance per kg of your body weight is fatal for you. Therefore it is crucial that you avoid potatoes with green spots on them.
As you probably already know, there are two types of almonds: sweet and bitter. At this point you need to know that the bitter almonds contain relatively large amounts of hydrogen cyanide. Another thing you should know is that only 7 to 10 raw bitter almonds can cause some serious problems in adults and children and by this amount they can even be fatal.
- Raw honey
The raw honey does not go through the pasteurization process, which destroys all the harmful toxins. That is why the raw honey often contains many dangerous toxins. These toxins can cause dizziness, weakness, nausea and vomiting in about 24 hours. You should know that only one tablespoon of raw honey that contains these toxins can cause these symptoms. Therefore you should not consume raw honey.
Tomato stems and leaves are rich in alkaline toxins that can often be the cause of stomach pain. The same applies to green tomatoes. In order for the consequences to be fatal, you would have to consume a tremendous amount of tomatoes. Even though this is not high-risk food, make sure that you avoid eating the tomato leaves.
The danger lies in the mercury that the tuna fish absorbs. And as soon as this mercury reaches your brain it can lead you to insanity. The US administration of food and medicine control, recommended that children and pregnant women do not eat tuna. As you know it is unlikely that a serving of tuna fish will kill. However you need to make sure to pay attention to how much tuna you consume on a weekly basis.
Cassava leaves and roots are rich in cyanide. The cyanide is the tastiest, most delicious substance in the world, but in the same time it is also very dangerous. Cassava is a tropical plant native to South America. However nowadays is pretty popular in Africa. This is mainly because of its juice; with the fermentation of this juice you get a drink called “piwarry”.
You can find raw cashew nuts in any supermarket. At this point you should know that these nuts are not really raw, because they are processed through a steam in order to remove urushiol, a chemical that is also found in poison ivy. This chemical can cause the same consequences as poison ivy or poison oak. You should also know that high levels of urushiola can be fatal. People who are allergic to poison ivy should avoid raw cashew nuts, because they are risking of getting a fatal allergic reaction.