Health

Is Poison In Your Kitchen?

The kitchen ought to be one the most hallowed places in any house setup.

It is the place where “meat for the belly and the belly for meat” rings true.

However, it’s a place where danger could easily lurk and poses a threat to one’s well-being if not careful.

Here are five food items that one would do well to consider for good safekeeping for eating:

  1. Mushrooms

Not every mushroom is created equal. Crimini mushrooms might make perfect pasta toppers, but some species contain poisons that can kill.

  • Ackee

This pear-shaped fruit needs to ripen fully, as it contains toxins that can lead to death. Importation of the raw fruit is banned in the U.S, but you can buy it canned.

  • Nutmeg

You most likely already have nutmeg in your spice cabinet. Though it’s great to have on-hand for baking, ingesting a significant amount can lead to psychotic symptoms like disorientation, hallucinations, and hyper-excitation.

  • Cashews

Cashew shells carry anacardic acid which can cause burn your skin and cause an upset stomach. There’s also the fact that cashews must be boiled or roasted before you eat them. In their raw state, they have urushiol, a chemical that can cause poison ivy-like rashes — or worse, death depending on how much you consume.

  • Cassava

Cassava flour has emerged as a popular gluten-free alternative, but the vegetable’s leaves and roots are rich in cyanide.

Just two roots can carry a fatal dose. These veggies must be peeled and cooked before consumption.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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