Typically, when we think of the word toxic, the first things that come to mind are harmful chemicals and cartoonish poisons. In association with food, the word toxic is usually linked with harmful fast food and sugary sodas. While those double cheeseburgers are still pretty awful for you, many of the foods you consume every day are just as, if not more so toxic in certain amounts and states of preparedness. The foods on this list are familiar, and often thought of as completely harmless, read on to find out why they aren’t.
(Hydrogen) Cyanide – Almonds and Cherries
Aside from being thought of as generally healthy, almonds, cherries, and apples have another super important thing in common. Cyanide. More specifically, hydrogen cyanide. This toxin, which can cause vomiting, general sickness, and even death when ingested by children, is present in things like bitter almonds, cherry pits, and apple seeds. Most people know to stay away from apple seeds and cherry pits, and bitter almonds are increasingly difficult to come by, but when ingested, especially unknowingly and on accident, they can cause serious complications in humans and household pets.
Solanine – Potatoes
Solanine is a natural poison that is found in the skin of potatoes. While ingesting enough solanine to actually kill you is very, very hard, it is possible to ingest enough to make yourself very sick. While the toxin typically presents itself in gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea, enough of the poison can be fatal. The good news is that solanine can be destroyed, and cooked out of potatoes by heat and with proper cooking techniques.