Check out this slideshow to learn what common edible contains cyanide and which bean could kill you instantly.
10 Common Foods That Can Be Poisonous
If you've ever been fishing or crabbing in the inter-coastal waterways or in the ocean, you may have seen or caught a puffer fish (also known as a blowfish). The eyes and internal organs of puffer fish are highly toxic.
Fun fact: Fugu (the liver) is officially illegal for the Emperor of Japan to eat.
What to look for:
Not much. We recommend steering clear of puffer fish unless they are prepared by a professional chef trained in fugu (yes, such a thing exists). Training to acquire a license in fugu preparation takes two to three years, and only 30% of trainees pass the test.
Castor oil comes from the castor bean plant. One single castor bean can drop a human to his or her knees. Four can potentially kill a horse. Castor beans are loaded with ricin, a poison. Many field workers who gather the beans today tend to experience negative side effects.
This commonly devoured seed, often mistaken for a nut, packs a little more punch than we knew. Bitter almonds, when served raw, are full of cyanide. In order to remove the toxins, they must go through a specialized heat treatment. For some countries, such as New Zealand, the risk is far too great, and the delectable treat is off shelves and illegal.
What to look for:
Avoid the leaves and stems of the tomato plant. They may be used to enhance flavor when preparing dishes, but must be removed before consuming.
Fun fact: Tomatoes, considered a fruit in much of the world, were declared a vegetable by the United States in 1893 for tax purposes.
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Fruits, vegetables, seeds and beans are all essential parts of a well-balanced and healthy diet, but if these health gems are not consumed properly, they could be poisonous and detrimental to our health.
While most of us don't think about the way we consume everyday foods, there are reasons behind why we are trained to eat only certain parts of their anatomy. Even during food processing, there are several procedures that strip foods of their poisons to make them human-friendly.
Check out the slideshow above to learn what common edible contains cyanide and which bean could kill you instantly.