Six deadly foods in your pantry

Do you keep these poisonous foods in your kitchen?

Six deadly foods in your pantry

Most of us assume that the food in our kitchens is safe to eat. However, most pantries contain these potentially fatal foods, and we don’t even realise it.

Apple seeds
Apple seeds contain a small amount on cyanide. While it would take the cyanide of around 200 apple seeds to become fatal, even small doses can harm your heart and brain. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning include headache, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps. It can cause respiratory failure, coma, cardiac arrest and death.

Microwave popcorn
Diacetyl is a chemical used to give microwave popcorn it’s buttery taste. It has been linked to respiratory conditions including ‘popcorn lung’ – scaring of lung tissue – in the workers who manufacturer it. While some microwavable popcorns use alternative flavouring chemicals, they likely still contain traces of diacetyl.

Red kidney beans
These beans contain phytohaemagglutinin, a toxin that can agglutinate red blood cells. This toxin is poisonous if not prepared correctly. Red kidney beans must be boiled for at least 10 minutes before being eaten. Cooking them for any less time or on a lower heat can leave them twice as toxic.

Even in small amounts, mercury can harm your digestive, immune and nervous systems, as well as your lungs, kidneys, skin, eyes and brain. People are mainly exposed to methylmercury through eating fish, and tuna contains more mercury than most other fish. Australia and New Zealand’s Food Standards recommend eating no more than two to three servings of fish a week.  

Mushrooms are a delicious and easy meat substitute that can be used in a variety of dishes. However, if you grow or pick your own mushrooms it’s essential that you know exactly what is and isn’t safe to eat. There are a number of poisonous mushrooms that look incredibly similar to edible ones, such as the deadly Amanita phalloides, also known as the death cap.

While in small amounts nutmeg is safe to eat, it can be fatal in higher doses. It contains myristicin, an organic compound that can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, hallucinations and even death.

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    Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.


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    Ted Wards
    27th May 2020
    but eating fast food regularly is good for your health?
    27th May 2020
    Everything you care to eat will kill you eventually - so eat the things you like not just the food some people think you should. I regularly drink 4 glasses of red wine and people tell me the maximum should be two.
    27th May 2020
    Just don't have it with Nutmeg, Popcorn or Red kidney beans and you should be good to go, apparently :o)
    27th May 2020
    A little bit of everything does you good.
    27th May 2020
    Eat all providing it is in moderation.
    27th May 2020
    The word moderation means different amounts to every person.
    27th May 2020
    In the spirit of the one-liners, : Too much of anything is bad for something.
    27th May 2020
    Everything is bad for something or someone!
    27th May 2020
    Try eating red kidney beans after 10 minutes of cooking! They need 24 hours soaking and 40-60 minutes cooking. Brown rice contains arsenic as reputedlyL does chocolate. Toast is carcinogenic, lettuce and strawberries are said to contain toxins, and you can drown in too much beer, red wine, vodka or whisky. What a way to go!
    27th May 2020
    I am surprised that people do not know all this already, soak your bean overnight or make sure you rinse the canned ones well. And who in their right mind would eat that much nutmeg or apple seeds to get poisoned, you need a huge amount. Would never touch microwave anything or canned fish, both I agree is not healthy, even though amounts of chemicals can be small, heavy metals can be stored in you body and accumulate.
    28th May 2020
    Have I missed out in life? never had apple seeds in the pantry, what would you do with them?
    28th May 2020
    You would need a lot of apples to get poisoning from apple seeds, you don't do anything with them because you cannot buy them as far as I know. You will not die if you eat the whole apple, seeds and all, some juices will crush a whole apple too.

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