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Toxic Foods We Eat Everyday (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/20/2012 5:43 pm Updated: 03/20/2012 5:49 pm

Yes, most of the foods on this list need to be eaten in massive amounts to cause a reaction; however toxins are present in these everyday foods and can make you sick.

Just a few uncooked red kidney beans can cause severe nausea and vomiting, due to the lectin that is naturally found in the bean; proper soaking and cooking eliminate the toxin.

Brazil nuts contain radioactive radium in amounts 1,000 times higher than in other foods; not because of radium in the soil, but due to the extensive root system of the trees which can live hundreds of years. While the percentage is higher than other foods, the radium consumed in a small amount of nuts has no effect.

Most of these foods are fine to eat, especially when cooked properly and eaten in moderation. Just stay away from puffer fish and try not to overdose on Nutmeg.

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Check out these varieties of poisonous mushroom:
Chlorophyllum molybdites
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This mushroom, which is poisonous but rarely fatally so, was responsible for 22.4 percent of all mushroom poisonings in 2009, according to the North American Mycological Association. Chlorophyllum molybdites are pretty mushrooms that grow in "fairy rings" after a rain.

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