Food

17 Foods That Can Kill You  

Michael Darling
2.5k votes 361 voters 162.7k views 17 items

List Rules Vote up the foods you are most surprised to learn can be fatal.

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.

 
1 260 VOTES
Sour Cherry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
Photo:  candoyi/Pixabay/CC0 1.0
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)

More Sour Cherry

#52 of 119 on The Most Delicious Fruits #25 of 47 on The Best Antioxidant Foods #25 of 53 on The Best Jelly Belly Flavors

Did this surprise you?
see more on Sour Cherry
2 209 VOTES
Potato is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
Photo:  moritz320/Pixabay/CC0 1.0
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)

More Potato

#38 of 388 on The Most Delicious Foods in the World #10 of 62 on The Best Foods to Throw on the BBQ featuring The Best Frozen French Fries The Best Ways to Eat Potatoes, Ranked by Deliciousness

Did this surprise you?
see more on Potato
3 190 VOTES
Apples with skin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
Photo:  Couleur/Pixabay/CC0 1.0
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)

More Apples with skin

#43 of 153 on If You Could Only Eat One Food for the Rest of Your Life... #45 of 119 on The Most Delicious Fruits #4 of 32 on The Best Foods for Your Kidneys #1 of 28 on The Best Foods For Lowering Cholesterol

Did this surprise you?
see more on Apples with skin
4 116 VOTES
Lima Bean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Foods That Can Kill You
Photo: artizone/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
Lima beans contain cyanide as a natural defense. Thankfully, the U.S. restricts commercial lima bean growth to only those beans with low cyanide levels. Just to be safe, boil your lima beans for ten minutes. (source)

More Lima Bean

#43 of 72 on The Tastiest Vegetables Everyone Loves Eating #20 of 35 on The Best Non-Meat Sources of Protein #7 of 29 on The Tastiest Beans & Legumes #38 of 44 on The Best Survival Foods

Did this surprise you?
see more on Lima Bean