Would you like a taste of death?
You may think you’ve never had cassava, but think again: it’s also called yuca, and its popular extract is what we call tapioca. Cassava must be carefully prepared or else the plant can have high levels of cyanide.
Now that’s not so sweet!
Speaking of cyanide, watch out for cherries and other stone fruits like apples and peaches, which contain natural levels of the toxin that can lead to vomiting, dizziness, kidney failure, coma, or death if consumed in high levels. Don’t worry too much, though. When we say “high” we mean high!
Commonly used in various soaps and lubricants, as well as in some flavorings and candy, you may have heard of castor oil as a home remedy for constipation or as a way to induce labor during pregnancies. Castor oil, however, comes from the Ricinus (or castor-oil-plant), which is one of the most dangerous in the world.
It contains high levels of toxins like ricin, which could be lethal in adults after consuming as few as 4 to 8 seeds. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, and hypertension. The plant is so toxic that workers just harvesting the plant have noticed its unpleasant side effects.