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Some of the most ordinary foods you eat every day can kill you. Sure, eating too much sugar or fat isn't good for you and can contribute to illnesses over a long period of time, but what about natural foods that are supposed to be healthy for us, like apples?

The foods on this list will give you more than just an upset stomach if you're not careful about how you eat them. From processed and packaged foods to all natural and organic, this is a list of foods that could poison you. But don't worry – we'll also tell you how to avoid inadvertently making any of these foods your last meal.

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Sour Cherry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
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The cherry itself is safe and delicious, but don't eat the pits. Cherry seeds are located inside the pit, and the seeds contain enough cyanide to kill a 150-pound person. (source)

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Potato is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
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Potatoes are generally safe, but make sure they haven't started to turn green. Unlike with a traffic light, you should stop when you see green potatoes. In addition to being bitter, green potatoes produce the chemical solanine, which can cause vomiting and even cardiac arrest. (source)

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Elderberry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
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Elderberry jam is delicious, but you should never eat the berry raw. Elderberries contain glycosides, which when metabolized, they turn into a form of cyanide. As with bitter almonds, cyanide in elderberries can be neutralized by cooking the berries. (source)

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Castor Beans

Castor Beans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
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Thankfully, people don't eat castor beans, but you've probably taken castor oil as a home remedy at some point in your life. Although the oil might taste like poison, it's perfectly safe. However, raw castor beans can be used to make ricin, and a single bean has been known to kill an average-sized person. (source)