25 Foods That Can Actually Kill You

Do you think you eat healthy? Or do you at least try to avoid things that are bad for you? Well, you might be surprised at what foods can kill you! Of course, these foods are most likely perfectly fine if they are eaten normally. It’s just when you start eating the stems and seeds that things can get dangerous. These are 25 Foods That Can Actually Kill You.

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Castor Oil

Castor oilSource: huffingtonpost.com, businessinsider.com

Castor oil comes from the castor bean plant, which also happens to contain the poison ricin. While castor oil is known for it’s benefits as a laxative and for skin and hair care, it’s important to use with caution. The main danger is in the beans. It only takes about 8 beans to kill an adult. Luckily, there are many safety guidelines in place for the production of castor beans.



OctopusSource: bbc

Not just any octopus…live octopus! It’s true; in some parts of the world, people eat octopus alive. Leaving all else aside, this practice can be quite dangerous as the suckers can get stuck in your throat and cause asphyxiation.



PlumsSource: livestrong.com

Although the fruit is perfectly fine to eat, the pit contains cyanogenic compounds which the body can use to create cyanide. Of course, not many people eat plum pits, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue.


Unpasteurized Honey

HoneySource: huffingtonpost.com - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-meal/21-deadly-dishes_b_811345.html

Okay, so the honey you eat in the store is fine…because it has been pasteurized. Unpasteurized honey however may contain grayanotoxin, which can lead to side effects such as dizziness, weakness and vomiting. In infants, this can be deadly!


Cassava Root

Cassava rootSource: bbc

This popular South American and African vegetable is also known as tapioca or yuca. In its raw form, it contains linamarin which can be poisonous when digested. Of course, drying, baking, and soaking the root renders the linamarin harmless, but if the process isn’t carried out correctly, the cassava root can be dangerous.

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