From the contents of your fridge to the world’s most exclusive restaurants, there are some foods that not only thrill they also can kill. We’ve taken a look at the common and not so common foods that can send you straight to the morgue!
Fugu, or puffer fish is a Japanese delicacy and it’s one that you take your life into your hands eating. It has to be prepared by highly trained, skilful chef as this fish is deadlier than cyanide and there is no known antidote.
The fish’s skin contains tetrodotoxin that causes the body’s CNS to shut down, leading to death, or even worse, a zombie like coma. Chef’s who serve Fugu need a license to do so, but sometimes amateurs slip through the cracks.
Not all fungi are fabulous and fun. In fact, some can be downright deadly. Death Caps and Destroying Angel are named as such because that’s what they do- they kill.
If you enjoy mushroom picking make sure you know exactly what you pick, and if you are not 100% sure of a mushroom, don’t take a risk!
3. Cherry stones
We don’t just spit them out because they don’t taste great and can’t really be chewed; we also spit out cherry stones because they contain cyanide. As do peach, plum and apricot pips.
All these stones have the potential to kill you, so spit ‘em out, even when your online pokies NZ game is heating up and you need to leap up and find a bin.
Rhubarb is a typically English delicacy, but beware, this fruit may be wonderful in crumbles and pie, but its leaves are deadly poisonous.
The leaves of a Rhubarb plant contain oxalic acid, which can lead to breathing issues, coma or death. Fortunately you’d need to eat about 5kg of the leaves to get to this point, but why risk even a little?
5. Cashew nut
It turns out that cashew nuts are not actually nuts at all, they are seeds, and they are highly poisonous. Their shells have a coating of anacardic acid that can burn your skin badly, as well as upset your stomach.
That’s why they are always sold de-shelled and never raw. For consumption they must be steamed or cooked as when raw they contain urushiol, which is the same chemical that you’ll find in Poison Ivy. Now imagine what that would do to your insides!
Generally potatoes are absolutely fine, but if they are green, toss them in the bin! Green potatoes contain solanine, a poison that can lad to serious illness and even death.
When potatoes turn green they contain glycoalkaloids, and this chemical is found in the Deadly Nightshade family, so steer clear!
No, bagels are not poisonous, but they are the number one cause of kitchen knife injuries in the USA.
In 2011 more than 2000 people in America went to the emergency room with bagel related injuries, so we suggest that when you cut one open, you do so with care; or you’ll end up a statistic too!