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4 common foods that can harm you

1.Cherry Pits

Cherries are juicy fruits but when eating watch out for cherry seeds, these seeds contain poisonous hydrogen cyanide. The hard stone in the center of cherries is full of prussic acid, also known as cyanide, which is poisonous. Although these seeds there’s no need to panic if you accidentally swallow one -- intact pits just pass through your system and come out at the other end. Avoid crunching or crushing pits as you munch on your cherries. Becareful when eating cherries.

2.Raw meat

Raw meat — including red meat, poultry, and seafood — and even uncooked eggs can contain salmonella bacteria, which can cause gastroenteritis in humans. An infection with salmonella bacteria, commonly caused by contaminated food or water.

Salmonella is most common among children. People with compromised immune systems, such as older adults, babies and people with AIDS, are more likely to have severe cases. Salmonella poisoning also leads to serious complications, such as bacteremia (when salmonella enters the bloodstream) that are life-threatening to people with weaker immune systems. So light a flame under your meat to avoid any risks.

3. Almonds

Wild almonds are bitter and lethal, even in tiny amounts, because they have amygdalin, studies has proved that this chemical produced in wild almonds are very dangerous and can make individuals die.

This nut is packed with many health benefits — but they can be really dangerous since they are full of poison. Bitter almonds, while in their raw form, are full of cynaide. They need to go through a specialized heat treatment to remove the poison. Let's be careful which kind of almonds to eat.

4. Apple seeds.

Apples and stone fruits — cherries, plums, apples, pears, peaches, and apricots — are nature's candy, but stay away from the seeds (as well as the bark and leaves). Have you ever bitten into an apple seed as you bite deep into an apple, you get confused since the nice tasted of the fruit is suddenly mixed withsomething not so sweet in its core: tiny black seeds. Unlike the sweet tang of the fruit, the tiny black seeds are another part of the story.

These apple seeds contain amygdalin, a compound that produces cyanide. Large doses can lead to dizziness and vomiting, increased blood pressure, kidney failure, coma, and even death.

Cyanide is a chemical known as on of the most deadliest poisons. It has been used in chemical warfare and mass suicide. Many compounds that contain cyanide—called cyanoglycosides—are found in nature, often in fruit seeds. Amygdalin is one of these.

Apple seeds, and many other fruit seeds or pits, have a strong outer layer resistant to digestive juices. But if you chew the seeds, amygdalin could be released in the body and produce cyanide. Small amounts can be detoxified by enzymes in your body. However, large amounts can be dangerous.

Just be careful what you eat, where you eat it and when you eat it.

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