Healthy Foods That Can Also Be Toxic

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Microwave popcorn

Although popcorn itself poses no threat, the chemicals in the nonstick coating that coats the inside of microwave popcorn bags can materialise in cancer-causing ways.


If not thoroughly rinsed before consumption, these immature greens can be potentially hazardous.

Puffer fish

In terms of potential health hazards, though, sitting down to a gourmet dining experience containing fugu is undoubtedly a gamble.


This sweetener can include dangerous alkaloids that cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting if it has not been pasteurised.

Stone fruits

Cherries and other stone fruits, such as peaches, apricots, and plums, are potentially dangerous due to the presence of cyanogenic chemicals.

Unpasteurized cheese

Without the sterilising provided by pasteurisation, unpasteurized cheese can serve as a breeding ground for pathogens that cause food-borne disease, with potentially fatal effects.


Toxins arise from microscopic sea organisms (dinoflagellates or diatoms) that are consumed and concentrated by shellfish.

Brown rice

This pantry staple may be a nutrient-dense whole grain, but it may also contain inorganic arsenic. 

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