What are the deadliest foods in the world? These foods can be poisonous and harmful and you should be very careful if you decide to take a bite.
Humans are one of the few species on this planet who are able to ignore the basic instinct for survival. We go trough life by pushing our bodies to the limits that are so extreme that it defies common sense – ultra- marathons in the desert or setting the world record in holding breath under water.
Although it may sound contradictory, but while doing all of that risky stuff and pushing our limits is probably what makes us human beings.
We yearn for a sense of freedom and it is in our nature to want to know our full potential – especially when we’re flying through the air, jumping from great heights or… eating the most bizarre, even dangerous foods.
So, meet the deadliest foods in the world:
The seeds of apples and cherries contain hydrocyanic acid. Do not eat a larger quantity of these seeds or even the seeds of peaches and apricots.
The leaves of rhubarb contain oxalic acid, which causes kidney stones. Fatal amount is 5 kilograms!
Nutmeg actually has hallucinogenic properties. Yes, it can cause hallucinations. Only 6 grams can lead to convulsions, and 8.5 to seizures. If you eat a whole nutmeg that can cause temporary psychosis, which includes severe anxiety.
Glycoalkaloids are found in potato leaves, stems and sprouts. Glycoalkaloids can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea, headache, and sometimes even coma and death. It is thought that even from 3 to 6 milligrams of this substance per kilogram of body weight could be fatal. Avoid potatoes with green spots.
There are two types of almonds – sweet and bitter. Bitter almonds contain relatively large quantities of hydrogen cyanide. Only 7-10 of raw bitter almonds can cause problems in adults and children. This quantity can even be fatal.
Because it does not go through the pasteurization process that destroys harmful toxins, raw honey often contain toxin that can cause dizziness, weakness, nausea and vomiting for 24 hours.
Tomato stalk and leaves contain alkaline toxins that can cause pain in the stomach. Same is with green tomatoes. You would have to consume an enormous amount for fatal consequences. Although it is not a high-risk, be sure to avoid eating tomato leaves.
The danger lies in the mercury that tuna fish absorb. Once it is in your body, mercury can pass through the kidneys or get to the brain and lead you to insanity. The US administration for medicine and food control recommends that children and pregnant women do not consume tuna. Be sure to pay attention to how much you eat on a weekly basis.
The leaves and roots of cassava are surprisingly rich in cyanide. In these circumstances, the cyanide act as the tastiest, most delicious substance in the world. Cassava is a tropical plant originated from South America, but has become extremely popular in Africa, mainly because of its juice, and with the process of fermentation you can make a drink called “pinjarry”.
Raw cashew nuts that you find in supermarkets are not really raw because they are processed trough steam to remove urushiol, a chemical that is also found in poison ivy. This chemical can lead to the same consequences as poison ivy or poison oak. The high level of urushiola can be fatal.