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Reported February 4, 2013

Top 10 Dangerous Foods - Smart Move


 Our top ten dangerous foods include:

  • Blowfish, also known as fugu.
  • Wild mushrooms, particularly death caps.
  • Raw oysters, which can carry the norovirus.
  • Rhubarb leaves, toxic in large amounts.
  • Green potatoes.
  • Hot dogs, due to the choking risk.
  • Peanuts, due to the allergies.
  • Leafy greens, due to contamination from runoff.
  • Raw eggs, in particular, raw eggs in batter.
  • Fruit seeds; including cherry, apple, plum, almond, and peach seeds.

Food Contamination: Many times foodborne illness is the result of contamination, not what is in the food itself. Contaminated food can host a range of different bacteria, including the well-known troublemakers E. coli and Salmonella. The bacteria can get onto the food we eat through contact with animals, contact with contaminated water, or corrupted processing techniques. Some of the top foods to have contaminants include tomatoes, ice cream, cheese, tuna, and sprouts. (Source:

Naturally Dangerous Foods: There are some foods that can naturally be dangerous for humans if prepared the wrong way or eaten in large amounts. The spice nutmeg has myristicin, which causes hallucinations, convulsions, and vomiting. However, a fairly large amount needs to be eaten before these symptoms would occur. Sichuan peppercorns could also be toxic when eaten in large quantities. So be careful about what you’re putting on your plate because it just may be a regrettable decision. (Source:

Sara Channing, Florida Hospital Media Relations
Tara Gidus, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., L.D./N
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