10 Healthiest Foods That Have Deadly Secrets

10 Healthiest Foods That Have Deadly Secrets

Don’t eat junk food, it’s really bad for you. Don’t eat white bread, it’s bad for you. If you care about your health, stay as far away as possible from sweets and saturated fats. So many rules and so many conventions to follow, but since it’s our health and lives that are on the line, it should all be worth it. We’ve had these aforementioned instructions mentioned so much that it’s almost become this blatant and obvious fact. Avoid junk food, indulge in veggies and fruits, right? Not right. These 10 Healthiest Foods That Have Deadly Secrets can tell you why.

#1 Seeds, Pits, and Kernels

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Seeds should be technically considered among the healthiest foods you could possibly gravitate your diet around, shouldn’t they? After all, they’re the essence of many regimes and lifestyles (most notoriously, for vegan diets). While it’s true that most seeds, pits, and kernels are harmless, those found inside certain fruits can quite literally poison you if consumed in large quantities.

Peaches, apricots, apples, pears, and mangoes are the most noteworthy examples. Their seeds contain amygdalin, a substance which can transmute into cyanide, another substance which might as well be labeled as “body poison.” Luckily, though, the one people that need to be concerned are those that consume copious amounts of these fruits and tend to eat them whole.

#2 Chia Seeds

The shocker of the day is that one of the healthiest foods fastest-growing foods in terms of popularity is on this list. We know. But unlike the other types of seeds previously mentioned, Chia seeds remain to be trustworthy by their own since they’re nothing but a haven of proteins and other beneficial substances. However, the deadly aspect can spawn from incorrect preparation.

If they’re taken out of water before they can fully expand, the seeds condense into a gel-like mass that can risk getting tangled in the consumer’s esophagus. In fact, cases have already started showing up and they can only increase as Chia seeds grow in popularity even more.

#3 Red Kidney Beans

Let’s get one fact out of the way – raw red kidney beans are really bad. Cooked red kidney beans can be labeled as one of the healthiest foods out there. But even then, you need to pay extra attention to the procedures before you start preparing them.

Red kidney beans contain lectins, toxins which can cause the consumer extreme nausea or vomiting after they digest as little as a couple of raw red kidney beans. Yes, it’s that bad. To avoid any problems, soak them in water for at least five hours before you start preparing a recipe.

#4 Green Potatoes

Since potatoes are some of the most widely consumed products all over the world, surely you’ve encountered this situation at least once. After a while, some potatoes start amassing portions that are colored in a bright green shade. Unfortunately, this means bad news.

If your potatoes are exposed to too much light or humidity, they release solanine, a toxic substance that can be detected through the very green hue we’re talking about. Since it can cause a lot of health problems, avoid them by storing the potatoes in a dry and dark place.

#5 Kale

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Kale is a vegetable in the broccoli and Brussels sprouts family which can really do wonders for your cholesterol levels. But there’s a catch, just as you’ve managed to learn by reading through this article. Eating raw kale can do the opposite of improving your health.

Long story short, it can trigger a condition called hypothyroidism, which manifests as an underperforming thyroid. It mostly takes its toll on women, but the situation can be avoided if you cook the kale.

#6 Wild Mushrooms

 A tale as old as time, we managed to learn through cartoons and other PSA productions that eating mushrooms that you find randomly in the wilderness is really the worst choice you could make. But the risk doesn’t end there. Many of the mushrooms found in grocery stores are collected by people that don’t necessarily know the difference between a toxic and nontoxic wild mushroom. In other words, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so try to avoid them altogether.

#7 Rhubarb Leaves

Rhubarb by itself is a really good addition to salads or whatever else kind of healthy meals you’re out to prepare. However, the leaves are a completely different story. If you’ve ever wondered by grocery stores sell rhubarb without its leaves, this is your answer – because they’re poisonous as heck. Oxalic acid, the toxin contained by the leaves, can seriously damage your kidneys, as much as to lead the consumer to death!

It’s true that it takes quite a lot of leaves to feel the effects to this extent, but even small doses can make someone feel sick.

#8 Cassava

Cassava isn’t one of the popular foods out there and some wouldn’t even consider it to be one of the healthiest foods given all the red flags raised around it. Raw cassava can cause a bunch of health problems and they are best exhibited in Africa, where it wreaks havoc among people already malnourished.

In order to avoid getting the worst of what cassava has to offer (through its leaves and roots mostly), you need to dry it, soak it in water, rinse, and only then cook it, preferably immediately after it was harvested.

#9 Ackee

When consumed the right way, Jamaica’s national fruit is definitely an oasis of health. But it’s also one of the deadliest healthiest foods in the world. If consumed unripe, it can trigger Jamaican Vomiting Sickness (or JVS for short) which manifests in an array of ways and often ends in death.

So, if you really want to give the fruit a chance, it’s mandatory that you wait until the fruit is ripe and the protective pods open naturally. Even then, you should avoid the black seeds at all costs since they’re toxic regardless of the state of the fruit.

#10 Puffer Fish

Puffer fish, like most fish, can really be a good thing when prepared correctly. And trust us when we say this, correct preparation is really obligatory if you want to live. It may sound like an exaggeration, but the skin and organs of puffer fish are riddled with toxins which can paralyze you or even go as far as to kill you.

Because of this, chefs that are required or wish to prepare puffer fish take extensive courses dedicated solely to its correct cooking.

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