You may not consider the daily event of eating to be hazardous to your health, but some foods carry definite health risks. Some of these risks are due to natural toxins in the foods. Others are due to their potential as allergens. Still other foods are risky due to their ability to carry harmful bacteria and microbes. While some of the foods on the following list are not likely to show up on the shelves of your local grocery store, others may be regularly found right in your own kitchen.
13. Fruit Seeds
Cherry pits, apple seeds, and pear seeds all contain nitrilosides, which can be converted into hydrogen cyanide when chewed or digested. Cyanide is poisonous in high doses. However, the number of pits or seeds you would have to consume to suffer ill effects means you are probably not in danger of accidental overdose when consuming a piece of fruit. Nevertheless, it is wise to remove pits and seeds from fruit before sharing with small children.
12. Raw Sprouts
Bean sprouts seem like a healthy option to add to salads or sandwiches. However, sprouts are grown in warm, humid environments. These same environments provide prime conditions for the growth of foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli. This means that consuming raw sprouts puts you at risk of contracting illnesses related to these pathogens. Outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been linked to consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts. To prevent the risk of illness, cook your sprouts to destroy harmful bacteria. Small children, the elderly, and pregnant women should not eat raw sprouts of any kind.