At first glance, you'll be forgiven for thinking that all foods on this list are
packed full of healthy goodness. But unbeknown to many, these foods are
actually highly poisonous. Now, that's not to say that eating them will result in
imminent death. But it does mean that consuming them means
digesting a variety of herbicides and pesticides.
Here are eight shocking examples:
To put things scarily into perspective, a single grape can contain up to 15 different pesticides....
So think twice before indulging in a whole box of them.
While an apple-a-day may keep the doctor away, consuming an unwashed apple
can result in a trip A & E. To avoid such a trip, thoroughly wash the apple's skin to
rid the nasty pesticides that often stick to the surface.
According to a study from Yahoo! Green, Celery is the world's dirtiest vegetable,
with 64 difficult-to-wash-away chemicals lurking among the roots.
Coming a close second, peaches, oddly enough, can wreck havoc to any
human body. Yes, they may taste delightful, and boast an excellent shade of red,
but beneath their prepossessing exterior lies 62 kinds of poisonous chemicals.
||6. Raspberries and Blueberries
Though a staple part of a salad, people often overlook where their lettuce
comes from. In fact, lettuce and kale are ridden with a plethora of
chemicals, so it's better to go organic.
They may have a fresh and healthy image, but berries are an insects best friend.
Thus, to stop pesky insects and birds from nibbling them, growers often douse their prized
fruits in a variety of different chemicals. Again, it's safe to go organic when buying berries.
Even more than berries, spinach leaves are a haven for insects, and because of that
reality, many farmers use a dangerously toxic spray containing carcinogenic
(a primary agent in causing cancer) to protect their spinach leaves.
Saving the worst till last, the danger that comes from strawberry consumption might
just make your jaw drop. Indeed, while being the most chemically laden fruit in
California alone, strawberries are also highly contaminated in most other areas
of the world due to farmers interfering with their natural growth.
In fact, in South America, farmers shockingly revealed that
non-organic strawberries are so heavily contaminated that you could grind them up,
and they'd practically turn into pesticides themselves.
They may be the fruit that spawned the famous phrase, "the cherry on the cake,"
but eating the wrong part of it may just turn that phrase into, " the cherry on the casket."
At least, that's according to research from the British Columbia Drug and Poison
Information Centre, who found that the hard seeds contained in the middle are poisonous.
And like other fruits, the pit contains cyanide, which, if consumed whole, can
result in an upset stomach, or in some cases, death.
Native to tropical West Africa, the ominous looking fruit is best left to ripen.
Either that or you can dice with death, due to the deadly toxins they contain.
In Jamaica alone, 23 died from the fruit, while a further 194 were left with upset
stomachs according to a 2011 report. It should come as little surprise
then that the FDA banned its sale in America.
||12. Lima Beans
While peanuts are an excellent source of protein, they are also the most common
food allergy in America, with over 3m Americans registered as allergic according to the
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Most worryingly, food allergies can occur at
any time in your life, which is a fact worth knowing when consuming these nuts. In fact,
just one bite of their crunchy inner layer can play havoc with your
airwaves and even render you unconscious.
They may look like a dose of healthy green goodness, but these beans can
also turn your face a not so favourable green. Lima beans contain linamarin, which,
when consumed, deposits into a toxic chemical called hydrogen cyanide.
||14. Puffer Fish
You say tomato; I say tomato. In this case, however, we'll say death. After all,
there's a small possibility if you consume one of these bad boys due to
the glycoalkaloid contained in its leaves
Any source of fish is often lauded by experts for their omega-3 properties, and
puffer fish is no different.... unless it isn't cooked correctly. Indeed, certain parts of
the puffers skin and organs contain a deadly toxin that can paralyse a human, and in
even kill them if the appropriate aid is not administered in time. If that wasn't enough of
a warning, then perhaps Homer Simpson's near-death experience with the
fish will have more of a direct effect.
|15. Rhubarb Leaves
Rhubarb often makes for the most delicious of puddings, but its leaves aren't
anything to mule over. Instead, they contain an array of poisons, which can directly
influence your breathing, lead to kidney failure, and in rare instances, even death.
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