interesting 17 Foods That Can Kill You  

Michael Darling
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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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Apples with skin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
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Some people like to eat whole apples, right down to the core. However, they should know that a single apple seed contains around 700 miligrams of cyanide. Thankfully, you'd have to eat about 200 seeds to kill yourself, and the average apple has less than 10. (source)

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Almond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
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Most commercially available almonds are the harmless, sweet almonds. But you should watch out for bitter almonds, which are more commonly found in the wild. Bitter almonds contain a substance that will break down into cyanide inside your body. Cooking bitter almonds should neutralize the toxin. (source)

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