Would you like a taste of death?
Though native to Western Africa, ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica, and ackee and saltfish is the national dish. However, the fruit is rich in toxins, and it can lead to what’s called Jamaican vomiting sickness if not grown or prepared properly.
Aside from abdominal pain, severe cases could lead to dehydration, coma, and death. Sounds like a dangerous national fruit to me.
Did you know that tomatoes are actually a member of the nightshade family? While the fruit is perfectly fine to eat, stay away from the leaves and stems, which contain varying levels of toxins. Herbal tea using tomato leaves has led to at least one death.
Watch out for certain brands of ketchup and tomato sauce as well, which are filled with sugars and sodium.
As if sprouts being potentially lethal wasn’t bad enough, now you have to watch out for the big leaves like spinach, lettuce, cabbage, and kale, which were collectively ranked as the riskiest foods of 2009.
Similar to sprouts, poor handling of any leafy green can lead to serious contaminations and outbreaks. Hundreds of cases of norovirus, salmonella, and E. coli were traced to leafy greens in the past few years alone.