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  1. TopTenz Master at |

    I am now officially spooked about eating almonds and I love almonds. Some things are better left unknown.

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  2. Andrew wood at |

    Not sure I believe all of these. Can you explain to me how the Tunisians happily eat piles of uncooked almonds straight from the tree? They're not particularly tasty, but they didn't cause me any side effects.

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    1. Herbal_Ed at |

      This article is full of partial- or mis-information. Actually “bitter” almonds are very poisonous … but not so the commonly-eaten “sweet” almonds as this article states. Also, the same exact poison is found in cassava, and these fruits in the rose family of plants: bitter almonds, cherry pits, apple seeds, plum/prune pits, apricot pits, etc.

      Also, same poison is found in both tomato plants (not tomato fruit) and potato plants … and they’re both in the same botanical family (nightshade family) … as the deadly belladonna.

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      1. Sean H at |

        Herbal Ed you nailed it, misinformation, partial and half truths. Not only that, poor grammar “many in Asian countries refuse to not eat the fish.” poor proof reading “cherry pips”. Information not consistent with the title, we don’t eat tomato stems, we don’t eat cherry pits or bitter almonds or apple seeds. I could find no capsicum (peppers) deaths that were not related to pepper sprays. Toadstools are generally the ones with the red caps and white dots that you see in fairy tale book and they are called Amanita muscaria and do not contain Alpha-amanitin, they contain Ibotenic acid, muscimol, and muscarine, which are not actually toxic. Alpha-amanitin is found in the “death cap (Amanita phalloides) as well as the destroying angel, a complex of similar species, principally A. virosa and A. bisporigera. It is also found in the mushrooms Galerina marginata and Conocybe filaris.”(from wiki) But not the toadstool and most people don’t eat those either. 5 out of 10 make this article an alarmist piece of crap that is mostly disinformation and just plane lame.
        Ash Grant (the author) would have gotten an F if he turned this in as a Jr. High assignment.

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  3. Pepperman at |

    Of all the real videos of people eating bhut jolokias you pick the most obvious fake for the list?

    "The chemical is so strong that it is used as a paint stripper," This statement is absolutely false. Methylene chloride, a known carcinogen, is the active solvent found in many older paint strippers and is sometimes found in cheap pepper sprays. Maybe that's what your writer got confused on.

    There's is no chemical reaction with Capsaicin, it's basically a mind-trick, making your body think it's on fire. It's nature's way of repelling mammals, insects and other pests that might eat the plant's fruit/seeds. With no chemical reaction, I highly doubt it'll be more effective on paint than water.

    It is used in pepper spray, as the main ingredient. The natural, police level, pepper sprays contain 3-5 million SHU (unit of measure of how hot a pepper is) compared to 1 million SHU in a bhut jolokia pepper, and around 2-5 thousand SHU in a jalapeno pepper. Pure Capsaicin is 16 million on the scale.

    Capsaicin sprays can be used as a pest deterrent in your garden since most pests don't like the "heat" so to say.

    Capsaicin is a natural anti inflammatory, and is sometimes used in pain treatments for postsurgical neuralgia, shingles, and even some radical cancer treatments.

    And while it's true that SEVER overexposure to pure Capsaicin can cause death, but guess what? SEVERE overexposure to almost any substance in the world does exactly the same thing. Drink 80-100 cups of coffee in fast rapid succession and I bet you'll die of a caffeine overdose, per its LD50.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Okay, I thought it was funny. I'll put another video with more realism. Any suggestions before I pull one from youtube? Please reply to this comment with any better youtube videos with people eating peppers.

      Thanks for all the additional information, Pepperman.

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      1. Caresa Jean at |

        If I eat anything hotter than a bell pepper, like jalopenos or habaneros, I get very sick…yes it burns through my whole body causing ulcers…and yes I have seen paint stripped or say melted from spicy peppers…all u need is juice and sunlight…my sickness from them is like food poisoning…went to emergency room once cause I had bad reaction…similar to allergic but my body just can’t any of that…some people react differently….even burns my throat & esophagus all the way down….heartburn…swollen tongue…many probs…but also may make difference if store bought compared to homegrown.

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  4. Pepperman at |

    Me again, I thought of a new #1 for your list because I realized in my 80-100 cups of coffee example, you might die of Hyponatremia before you died of caffeine overdose.

    WATER

    Yes, you can die from drinking it.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16614865/

    She drank 2 gallons (7.5 liters) over approximately two hours in that contest, and died from water intoxication. Granted, had they served pretzels or peanuts during the contest, she might be alive today.

    And not just drinking contests, runners die from water too (drinking too fast without electrolytes, or lack of water).

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Sounds like I have a budding writer on my hands. If you are interested in writing a list for this site, send me an email at admin@toptenz.net

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    2. Caresa Jean at |

      being dehydrated when u exercise is common sense…college hazing rituals r not common sense..just torture and not comparable to peppers…I am only a person that cannot handle spicy foods…idk u both have good points

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  5. JulesB at |

    Great list although I am slightly shocked by the green potatoes – I hate wasting food and often come across the odd green potato in my veg box and never thought twice about eating it – I might now!

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  6. James at |

    I'm rather surprised of the scare tactics on this list, especially numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7.

    7. Yes, the shell causes a rash on your skin just like poison ivy, but a cashew poisoning death, really? Please, I'd love to see the facts on that one.

    6. Chilies have been covered.

    5. JulesB, just cut the green parts off & you'll be fine using the rest of that potato. You'd likely have to consume 4+ pounds of green potatoes at one sitting to even hurt you. The sprots are bad for you too, but just pick them off if any are growing.

    4. Yes, the truly raw bitter ones are bad. Anything you buy in the store is perfectly fine.

    3 & 2. Just list every frakin' seed of every fruit here. In general all seeds are harmful in massive doses, but you'd have to eat a half cup or more of apple seeds, chewing thoroughly, very fast to kill you. You body is made to handle normal amounts of swallowed or even chewed up seeds.

    1. Let me sum it up, "The fruit is perfectly fine, the rest of the plant is poisonous." That's a number one? Better list Rhubarb leaves too. But who would ever want to eat tomato or rhubarb leaves anyway?

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    1. Lindsey at |

      OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHERRIES ARE POISIONOUS! (BTW- wat's a 'pip'? )

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      1. Theresa Garcia at |

        To answer Lindsey, a pip a small seed of a fruit…

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    2. Samhain at |

      If i remember correctly, ONLY bitter almonds are initially toxic.

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  7. TomThumb at |

    Nutmeg is poisonous. It is a hallucinogenic drug that can cause death.

    Apple seeds, cherry stones, and the kernels inside the pits of apricots, nectarines, peaches, and plums. All poisonous!

    Mold on corn, peanuts, barley, wheat, oats, and beans. Yep, poisonous.

    Tuna, mahi mahi, sardines, mackerel, and Swiss cheese, all might contain Scombrotoxin, a poison.

    Subtropical and tropical marine finfish, such as barracudas, groupers, mackerel, snappers, jacks, triggerfish, and many other species of warm-water fishes might have eaten toxins found in many dinoflagellate.

    Red kidney beans are toxic when raw.

    Rhubarb leaves can kill when eaten.

    Parts of Elderberry trees, besides the flowers, are poisonous.

    Castor beans are so deadly that just one can kill you. And your grandma made you eat castor oil, right?

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    1. TomThumb at |

      The bitter alkaloid Theobromine can can cause sleeplessness, tremors, restlessness, anxiety, as well as contribute to increased production of urine. Additional side effects include loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting.

      Guess what food that's found in?

      Chocolate!

      Best to just stay away.

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    2. CrazyEyes at |

      About the castor oil…no Granny almost certainly didn't make anyone drink it. It's a strong laxative, so it wouldn't be taken internally very often, although the oil is not nearly as toxic (or not toxic?) as the bean.

      You're probably thinking of cod liver oil.

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      1. Herbal_Ed at |

        Although not as popular today in America, castor oil is a very common, orally-ingested, laxative that is still prescribed in USA and worldwide as a safe and effective remedy for constipation. However, the castor oil is processed by heat to destroy it’s deadly poison, ricin.

        Ounce-for-ounce, ricin is the second most deadly poison in the world. Number one is plutonium.

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    3. Caresa Jean at |

      Has anyone ever put a pork chop in a container of Cola? It dissolves it….eats away in a slow process but scary to think most people drink cola everyday.

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  8. Steve at |

    One green chili pod has 6 times as much vitamin C… as what? The sentence is incomplete!

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  9. TT at |

    This article is pure bs. Most of the items listed in this article is healthy for you.

    Apples, Almonds, Tomatos, & Potatoes

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  10. Trevor at |

    oh my god did u see that guys face that is horrible i hope he's alright. HOLY CRAP!

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Trevor, that video was a joke, so I'm sure he is fine.

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  11. zomg! at |

    Holy cr4p! his face was all screwed up!!!!!!

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  12. kelly at |

    Awesome info man! did not know that Cassava is toxic!!!

    Can I add one more: SOYA BEANS

    Unfermented soya beans have toxic phytic acid.

    Many green beans have phasic acid that can only be rid after you've steamed or cooked it.

    Edemame beans (popular in Jap restaurants) are usually slightly steamed and salted – delicious!!

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    1. CrazyEyes at |

      Indeed. Actually, all unfermented grains have various amounts of phytic acid as well. Not that soy is a grain…

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  13. Deborah at |

    So I have looked up all of the top 10 poisonous foods and checked if they are true. Here is my findings.

    #1 Tomatoes poisonous

    According to wikipedia they are.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycoalkaloid

    #2 Do apples contain cyinaide

    According to Snopes.com yes

    http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/apples.asp

    #3 Does a cherry pip have hydrogen cyanide in it.

    According to the UK Government they do. Also Ben said they do as his parents have a cherry tree in there back yard.

    http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/top

    #4 Almonds poisonous?

    According to Wikipedia they are.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanide Read the part called Occurrences.

    #5 Potatoes poisonous

    Refer to #1 tomatoes. Both are a nightshade plant and both contain glycoalkaloid poison.

    #6 Can Chili peppers kill you?

    According to Wikipedia yes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsaicin Read the section called Toxicity.

    #7 Cashews

    According to wikipedia yes Cashews contain urushiol which is found in poision ivy and the like.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urushiol-induced_con

    #8 Mushrooms toxic

    Yes that is true. Ben has a plant book that talkes about many of the plants you would find in the wilderness and what is or is not safe to eat. Mushrooms is in there. Also Wikipedia says that mushrooms are toxic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom_poisoning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poisonous_pl… Here is a list of poisonous plants.

    #9 Puffer Fish poisonous?

    Yes according to Wikipedia they are. Also I have heard about this on cooking shows.

    #10 Cassavas

    Yes they are poisonous.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327163.10

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    1. Honey02 at |

      I think you should find some more credible sites….anyone who has taken any university courses will know that Wikipedia is less than credible!

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      1. Ed at |

        Universities are not credible!
        They are a hindrance to true knowledge (see Proverbs in the Holy Bible)

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  14. kelly at |

    Although I yet have time to check into every food but there's some things that people need to be aware of.

    Vitamin A in its wholesome form (in carrots, apples, etc) is not toxic – no matter how much carrots or apples you eat. At the most you just appear more orange/red!

    But when you extract Vitamin A from these foods into other foods and into vitamin capsules, they can become toxic. That is to say – try to avoid HIGHLY PROCESSED foods and synthetic vitamins.

    Similarly, eating egg whites without the egg yolk can be dangerous. There are certain things in egg-whites that are the "job" of the egg-yolk. So sometimes it's not only whether a food is toxic, but how you process it or how you eat it that makes food toxic.

    You're MORE likely to get a tummy ache (or die) from say processed canned tomatoes than whole tomatoes anyway. I personally steam tomatoes as I know it increases antioxidants in them, and the process may also kill most toxic.

    The cyanide found in apples are of such low levels and they are also neutralized by other phyto-nutrients of the apples. And apple is the fruit with the most anti-oxidants if you can't get a variety of fruits to eat (berries, aloe vera, pineapples, avocado, etc).

    Old folks' tales about food poisons are usually true but if at all unsure, refer to CTM (Chinese Traditional Medicines) or Ayuverdic. Both use food as medicines for centuries without side-effects.

    I look up Herbreference.com and Plantcures.com amongst many other sites. A lot can be learned from those sites as well.

    Thanks for allowing this discussion!

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    1. CrazyEyes at |

      Actually, you can't get true vitamin A from any plant source… What you can get from plant sources are carotenoids, which your body can convert to vitamin A if you're a healthy adult. (Infants can't make the conversion, and children and adults with certain conditions make it poorly.)

      But yeah, I have a hard time believing that anything that comes in a capsule is as good as what comes in food.

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    2. Kevin at |

      Eating egg whites alone is not toxic. If it was left to listen to people like you, we should all stop eating everything imaginable and just DIE already. I can type the name of any possible food on google and add “poison” to it and see someone commenting about how it’s poison and shouldn’t be eaten.

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  15. kelly at |

    P.S.

    "Much like cashews, almonds are extremely poisonous if not introduced to some sort of heat source."

    Same for green beans and tomatoes. Always steam/cook them before adding to foods or salad.

    Uncooked green beans have phasic acid that is toxic. However, those with G6P4 disorder may have to avoid for life. Consult a nutritionist before starting any new diet.

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    1. Samhain at |

      what?! raw tomatoes are not toxic! check your facts.

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      1. Beacker1160 at |

        I don't think so….best not to try the leaves of the raw ones :D

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    2. Herbal_Ed at |

      “Sweet” almonds … as opposed to “bitter” almonds … are NOT toxic and I have eaten many at a time right off the almond tree.

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    3. Herbal_Ed at |

      Use your common sense. Many tons of RAW uncooked tomatoes are eaten every day worldwide. Where do they hide all the bodies?? It’s the green plant that’s toxic, not the red fruit.

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  16. Pogla The Grate at |

    The green colour of potatoes is not glycoalkalides, but chlorophyll. The chlorophyll is produced at the same rate as the glycoalkalides, however.

    Eating the occasional green potato should not cause you much trouble (aviod them if you are pregnant tho'), the glycoalkalides are concentrated in the roots (or eyes), so don't touch them.

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  17. Suebob at |

    "Interesting fact: Chilies are extremely high in Vitamin C. One green chili pod is said to contain about 6 times as much Vitamin C."

    As what?

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  18. Shava Nerad at |

    You forgot what may be #1 – alcohol. When was the last time you thought about the literal meaning of "intoxicated?"

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  19. Paul Carter Jr. at |

    Wow, what a nice presentation or listing! :) Thanks for sharing! Certainly, this will not stop me from eating many them, but the awareness or alerts here certainly inspires me to be more careful.Thanks!

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  20. Joe at |

    "Interesting fact: Apples float because at least 25% of their mass is nothing but air."

    Not quite. At least 25% of their VOLUME is nothing but air, which means they are less dense than water, so they float. If 25% of their MASS were nothing but air, apples would be extremely delicate and nearly weightless wisps of fruit.

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  21. gardendude at |

    I felt this list was sensationalized and ignorant. Like so many web misinformation sites this just plays to peoples fears and has no practical information and lots of facts are incorrect. If you want real information on nutrition and foods go to an encyclopedia or the USDA.

    Dissapointed

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    1. Herbal_Ed at |

      Agreed. This is a good example of lazy research and inaccurate, sensationalistic writing.

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      1. gardendude at |

        Hey Herbal Ed, nice to hear from you. I just drove through Oregon, next time am heading up your way I would love to check out what herbs you think are useful and easy to grow in SF. I would like to incorporate more helpful herbs to my clients gardens.

        Thanks

        Mark Russell

        http://barefoot-gardener.blogspot.com/

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  22. dknypg83 at |

    wow, nice to know that… being in a tropical country, all of the above i've tried, nearly on a daily basis, except for the puffer fish… it was once quite popular here in some posh japanese restaurants but not now i think… anyway, thanks to tomthumb, james, kelly, deborah and pepperman for the additional info!! keep it up!! cheers…

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  23. Pri at |

    Chemical substances are found everywhere, but the quantity is what makes the difference. So it´s much safer to eat any of the food listed here than a hamburger or a pizza.

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  24. Beacker1160 at |

    Ok, so now I know that tomato leaves and the like are poisonous. I am never eating tomatoes AGAIN! NOT EVER! Please, could you stop ruining people's appetites, because I love tomatoes!

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  25. Elan at |

    This article is interesting. I wonder if that's why some people have heartburn with tomatoes. Where I am from, it's known that many of the foods we eat are toxic but we are taught from an early age how to prepare them to get rid of the toxin and what part of the fruit/food to avoid.

    Some foods are toxic becuase of the containers they've been stored in :http://bit.ly/cKYJHK

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  26. John at |

    Everybody needs a certain amount of cyanide in their diet in order to remain healthy. True, that too much is obviously not a good thing, but a small amount now and then (from chewing on the seeds of fruits that contain cyanide) is great for one's health. Cyanide can get into cancer cells (which we all have in our bodies) and destroy them outright. Our ancestors would have eaten the seeds from fruits – because they are extremely nutritious, however, nowadays most of the fruits and vegetables we buy are hybrids and some of them are bred to be seedless, in other words they are sterile foods.

    Chillies contain an oil called capsaicin which is a fairly innocuous compound and they won't kill you. I've never heard of capsaicin being used in paint stripper, personally I can't see how this is possible. The oil binds to the same nerves that send a signal to the brain when somebody eats something hot (these are not only present in the mouth but in and on other sensitive areas of the body) – which in turn causes the body to release endorphins (the body's own pain killer), and hence the fact people get 'addicted' to eating hot peppers. Some peppers contain more of this oil that others and the level of capsaicin in each pepper is measured in scoville units. Other than that chillies are an innocuous fruit and won't do any harm.

    If capsaicin was hot enough to strip paint then wouldn't people experience something similar to that of drinking pipe cleaner after eating them? In the sense that they only tend to burn in the mouth and then we don't experience any more burning until we urinate (sometimes the urine can burn if you eat a super hot pepper) or for a faeces (sometimes you will experience a slight burning sensation just before going if you have eaten hot peppers the night before et cetera). There is this misconception that because chillies burn the mouth that they are obviously causing serious problems elsewhere in the body, but it's not true at all. Did you know that birds don't experience any burning at all when they eat chillies?

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  27. Sam at |

    Nonsense!!! I grew up eating lots and lots of almond right off the tree (and even unriped almonds that has soft green shells) and never ever was “poisoned” or heard anyone else in my country got poisoned as a result of eating “unheated” almond!!! Millions of people in central/Western Asia have the same experience as almond trees are everywhere!

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  28. Johhny at |

    How funny, the mushrooms they decided to show in the picture of ARE edible and QUITE efficacious!

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  29. adegbite funke at |

    Am dam too confused with the presentation and with so much Yes and No from people’s comment.

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  30. Manny at |

    Such a bad, sensationalistic piece of pseudo-journalism. It’s like saying “Fish is bad for you, especially if you swallow the bones”. All the food listed by the person who wrote this piece indeed contain poisons, but generations of humankind, through trial and error, have determined what can and cannot be consumed safely. Otherwise, nobody would be eating eggplants and tomatoes now because they belong to the nightshade family, of which some members are indeed deadly. Stop putting forward these scare articles about perfectly good and healthy food!

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  31. Justin at |

    It’s too bad almonds are poisonous, for they are my dad’s favorite food.

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  32. Aran Pandora at |

    Cassava, puffer fish, mushrooms, cashews, chillies ~ normal food for my tribe. I grew up in Borneo. I never knew they were poisonous.

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  33. anne at |

    Why do you always wait to mention that cherries pits are poisonous? How dare you say that? Why don’t you include in the list of food that fried food like in oil are toxic, and all forms of sugar? Get real and stop trying to scare us with your nonsense? Cherries are delicious and we have to get at the pit in order to consume the outer fruit of the cherry. So please don’t try to scare us and instead try to use some common sense!

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    1. Shell Harris at |

      Good points to consider, Anne. We aren’t trying to scare anyone. Even our title mentions the word love. ;-)

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