We sometimes take for granted that all the food we buy at the supermarket or order in a restaurant are safe to eat. And 99.9% of the time, we’re right. There are however, quite a number of commonly eaten foods that can make us extremely ill, or even cause death. Certain foods that are normally safe and healthy can be toxic when inedible parts of the foods are eaten, the foods are consumed in excess, are improperly prepared or become contaminated with certain bacteria.
We’ve put together a list of the foods that most commonly cause illness and tell you what you can do to avoid being sickened by them.
1. Lima Beans
While perfectly safe when properly cooked, Lima beans actually contain a high level of cyanide, as part of the plant’s natural defenses, a chemical that is poisonous to humans. Thinking twice about eating lima beans? Don’t worry. The United States regulates commercially grown beans and requires that cyanide levels are monitored.