“5 Common Household Foods That Could Kill You” Scary title, right? This comes from ‘Lifestyle’ and that title sure did grab my attention. Here’s the list:

 1. Cherries 

If you’re thinking about swallowing come cherries whole; think twice. What’s actually inside of the pit could kill you. It’s incredibly hard to open, but if you get inside, the pits actually contain elements of cyanide.

2. Rhubarb 

There’s a reason why the rhubarb stalk is the only used part of this veggie. The leaves contain deadly concentrations of Oxalic acid, which is an ingredient in bleach. Eat a a little and your mouth and throat will burn; eat a lot and you could die.

3. Cinnamon

Remember that table spoon of cinnamon challenge? If you don’t, you’re better off. Poison Control shut it down. Eating cinnamon isn’t the problem, inhaling it is where danger lies. Inhaled cinnamon causes inflammation to the lungs eventually cutting off air supply.

4. Almonds

Believe it or not, but there are some almonds that aren’t safe to eat, like bitter almonds. But don’t worry, we eat the ‘sweet’ variations of almonds. However, if you ever come across a wild, raw bitter almond, eat a few and you’ll get a belly ache, eat 50 or more and you’ll be pushing daisies.

5. Lima Beans

And finally, Lima beans. If only we can go back in time and give a big “told you so” to our parents. We knew Lima beans were deadly, now there’s proof. There’s hydrogen cyanide in raw lima beans, and if you eat enough of them you’ll be swimming with the fishes.

I haven’t had rhubarb in years – when I was a kid it grew in the woods behind our house and we would just snap off some stalks and eat it. I won’t be doing that anytime soon. I’m not going to stop eating cherries, almonds, or cinnamon. As for Lima beans, I’m not really a fan so I won’t have to worry about ‘swimming with the fishes’.

The full article can be found here.


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