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PostSubject: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:00 pm

Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat
Everyday we chew down on food produced from plants that carry deadly poisons. Most of the time we don’t need to be concerned with this as the mass production of fruit and vegetables ensures that we are usually safe, but from time to time people accidentally kill themselves by unwittingly eating the wrong part of a plant. In order to ensure that this never happens to you, I have put together a list of the most commonly seen poisons that we come in to contact with in our kitchens.


10 Mushroooms

We have all heard of toadstools – and know that they are poisonous, but what many people don’t know is that a toadstool is actually a mushroom, not a separate type of plant. Toadstool is slang for “poisonous mushroom”. While there are some useful signs that a mushroom is poisonous, they are not consistent and all mushrooms of unknown origin should be considered dangerous to eat. Some of the things you can look for to try to determine whether a mushroom is poisonous are: it should have a flat cap with no bumps, it should have pink or black gills (poisonous mushrooms often have white gills), and the gills should stay attached to the cap (not the stalk) if you pull it off. But remember, while this is generally true of many types of mushroom, it is not always true.


9 Pufferfish

A few days ago we had a list of embarrassing deaths, one of which included death by eating the liver of a fugu (pufferfish). The fugu is so poisonous that in Japan, fugu chefs are trained specially for the job and are tested before being a given certificates of practice. The training takes two or three years. In order to pass, the chef must answer a written test then give a demonstration of his cutting abilities. The final part of the test involves the chef eating the pieces of fugu that he has cut. Only 30% of apprentices pass the test – which is not to say that the rest die by eating their fugu – they can fail in earlier parts of the test. Only the flesh of the fugu is consumed as it is less likely to have high amounts of poison (which causes a slight tingling sensation in the mouth). Fugu is the only food officially illegal for the Emperor of Japan to eat – for his safety.

8 Elderberry

Elderberry trees are very attractive and quite large. They are covered with thousands of tiny flowers which have a delicate scent. The flowers are used mainly for making elderflower liqueur and soda. Sometimes the flowers are eaten after being battered and deep fried. But beneath the pretty surface lurks danger! The roots and some other parts of the elderberry tree are highly poisonous and will cause severe stomach problems. So next time you decide to pick some elderberry flowers for eating, be sure to eat just the flowers.


7 Caster Oil

Castor oil, the bane of many of our childhoods, is regularly added to candies, chocolate, and other foods. Furthermore, many people still consume a small amount daily or force it on their unwilling children. Fortunately the castor oil we buy is carefully prepared, because the castor bean is so deadly, that it takes just one bean to kill a human, and four to kill a horse. The poison is ricin, which is so toxic that workers who collect the seeds have strict safety guidelines to prevent accidental death. Despite this, many people working in the fields gathering the seeds suffer terrible side-effects.


6 Almonds

Almonds are one of the most useful and wonderful of seeds (it is not a nut as many people would have you believe). It has a unique taste and its excellent suitability for use in cooking have made it one of the most popular ingredients in pastry kitchens for centuries. The most flavorsome almonds are bitter almonds (as opposed to “sweet” almonds). They have the strongest scent and are the most popular in many countries. But there is one problem: they are full of cyanide. Before consumption, bitter almonds must be processed to remove the poison. Despite this requirement, some countries make the sale of bitter almonds illegal (New Zealand regretfully is one of them). As an alternative, you can use the pip from an apricot stone which has a similar flavor and poison content. Heating destroys the poison. In fact, you may not know that it is now illegal in the USA to sell raw almonds – all almonds sold are now heat-treated to remove traces of poison and bacteria.


5 Cherries

Cherries are a very popular fruit – used in cooking, liqueur production, or eaten raw. They are from the same family as plums, apricots, and peaches. All of the previously mentioned fruits contain highly poisonous compounds in their leaves and seeds. Almonds are also a member of this family but they are the only fruit which is harvested especially for its seeds. When the seeds of cherries are crushed, chewed, or even slightly injured, they produce prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide). Next time you are eating cherries, remember not to suck on or chew the pip.


4 Apples

Like the previous two items, apple seeds also contain cyanide – but obviously in much smaller doses. Apple seeds are very often eaten accidentally but you would need to chew and consume a fairly high number to get sick. There are not enough seeds in one apple to kill, but it is absolutely possible to eat enough to die. I recommend avoiding apple eating competitions! Incidentally, if you want to eat an apple and find a worm in it (and hopefully not half a worm), you can drop it in a bowl of salt water which will kill the worm.


3 Rhubard

Rhubarb is a very underrated plant – it produces some of the nicest tasting puddings and is incredibly easy to grow at home. Rhubarb is something of a wonder plant – in addition to an unknown poison in its leaves, they also contain a corrosive acid. If you mix the leaves with water and soda, it becomes even more potent. The stems are edible (and incredibly tasty) and the roots have been used for over 5,000 years as a laxitive and poop-softener.


2 Tomatoes

First off, a little interesting trivia: in the US, thanks to a US Supreme Court decision in 1893, tomatoes are vegetables. In the rest of the world they are considered to be fruit (or more accurately, a berry). The reason for this decision was a tax on vegetables but not fruit. You may also be interested to know that technically, a tomato is an ovary. The leaves and stems of the tomato plant contain a chemical called “Glycoalkaloid” which causes extreme nervousness and stomach upsets. Despite this, they can be used in cooking to enhance flavor, but they must be removed before eating. Cooking in this way does not allow enough poison to seep out but can make a huge difference in taste. Finally, to enhance the flavor of tomatoes, sprinkle a little sugar on them. Now we just need to work out whether they are “toe-mah-toes” or “toe-may-toes”.


1 Potatoes

Potatoes have appeared in our history books since their introduction to Europe in the 16th century. Unfortunately they appear largely due to crop failure and severe famine, but they will be forever the central vegetable of most western families daily diet. Potatoes (like tomatoes) contain poison in the stems and leaves – and even in the potato itself if left to turn green (the green is due to a high concentration of the glycoalkaloid poison). Potato poisoning is rare, but it does happen from time to time. Death normally comes after a period of weakness and confusion, followed by a coma. The majority of cases of death by potato in the last fifty years in the USA have been the result of eating green potatoes or drinking potato leaf tea.
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:26 pm

thanks for sharing this....

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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:46 pm




thanks very informative.
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:21 pm

Your welcome sa lahat ng nagthank you.... share ko lang ang alam ko...
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:53 pm

Wow. Very informative.
I had no idea that some of the food mentioned was actually poisonous.
Thanks
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PostSubject: thnx   Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:55 am

thak you sa pag share
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:49 am

Good post, prevention is better than cure... thank you for the information. bounce
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:06 am

I didn't know this meron palang mga foods na poisonous ...thanks for sharing : )
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PostSubject: yes know   Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:16 am

yes madami na tayo nalalamn dito sa forum buti nga may forum na gaya nito
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:50 am

thanks for sharing.. Yung iba pa naman jan madalas gamitin..
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PostSubject: yes yug    Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:11 am

yupmadals gamitn sa mga hindi pa nakaalam okey ito pag binasa nila
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:24 pm

Technically hindi na sila dumaan pag dumaan na dun sa mga process na stated so safe na din.
I love almonds eh ^_^
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PostSubject: salamat   Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:52 am

salamat sa info
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:49 am

Kasi sa mga panahaon ngayon ang mga tao gusto nang padalian at hindi na nakikita ang mga important na mga dapat tatandaan.
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PostSubject: tama ka   Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:01 am

tama ka linaliza dapat inaalamdin nila
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:11 pm

ow!awful! I love almonds pa naman lalo na pagnasa chocolate na sya..
Nice thread author.keep on sharing!
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:58 am

sarap nga nyan almond
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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 1Top 10 Poisonous Food We Love To Eat    Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:48 am

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