Healthy Foods That Can Also Be Toxic

Brown rice

This pantry staple may be a nutrient-dense whole grain, but it may also contain inorganic arsenic.


Toxins arise from microscopic sea organisms (dinoflagellates or diatoms) that are consumed and concentrated by shellfish.

Unpasteurized cheese

Without the sterilizing provided by pasteurisation, unpasteurized cheese can serve as a breeding ground for pathogens that cause food-borne diseases.

Stone fruits

Cherries and other stone fruits, such as peaches, apricots, and plums, are potentially dangerous due to the presence of cyanogenic chemicals.


This sweetener can include dangerous alkaloids that cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting if it has not been pasteurized.

Puffer fish

In terms of potential health hazards, though, sitting down to a gourmet dining experience containing fugu is undoubtedly a gamble.


If not thoroughly rinsed before consumption, these immature greens can be potentially hazardous.

Microwave popcorn

While the popcorn cooks in the microwave, the bag lining decomposes, potentially contaminating the salty kernels within.

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