There are 2 different kinds of almonds: sweet and bitter. The bitter almonds are said to contain relatively large amounts of hydrogen cyanide and eating just 5 to 10 raw, bitter almonds can cause problems for adults and could have fatal consequences in children.
However, processed bitter almonds can still be safe to eat as long as all the hydrogen cyanide is extracted during the refining process. But if you’re out in the woods and spot an almond tree, don’t run the deadly effect risk of eating its nuts.
Even though bread is a regularly consumed food, some types of bread can do you more harm than good. Packaged, white bread contains highly-processed flour and additives that can make it unhealthy. Eating white bread frequently can cause obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Even whole-grain bread can have various preservatives, added sugars, and salt that are bad for your health. We recommend that you consume bread made with sprouted grains as it is easier to digest and contains more protein, fiber, folate, vitamin C, and other healthy nutrients.
8. Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts are known as a rich source of selenium. Selenium is vital for our health but consuming too much of it can be toxic. For adults, it’s recommended to ingest 50-70 micrograms of selenium on a daily basis, and one Brazil nut can contain 60 to 95 micrograms of selenium.
Eating 4 or 5 Brazil nuts will definitely pass the selenium threshold in adults and may lead to intoxication. The symptoms of a selenium overdose include memory difficulties, digestion problems, fatigue, and potential hair loss.
In its natural form, milk is a mix of water, proteins, sugars, minerals, and vitamins. Even though milk offers vast health benefits, there are still some risks that we need to be aware of. Drinking milk in regular quantities is healthy, but ingesting too much of it can increase one’s risk of developing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Furthermore, consuming too much calcium from milk can cause ovarian cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Maintaining a balanced intake of milk is crucial for a healthy diet.
Shellfish are a great addition to a healthy diet as they’re rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, good fats, and numerous minerals such as magnesium, zinc, iron, and copper. All these super-healthy nutrients provide major benefits for your body. However, shellfish can be one of the most difficult foods to cook properly and if left undercooked or raw, they can contain contaminants that are hazardous for your health.
Shellfish are also extremely sensitive and can spoil very easily. Eating shellfish that are even slightly spoiled can lead to bacterial infections and food poisoning. So, it’s very important to pay extra attention when eating shellfish, and only eat it if you’re 100% certain that it’s fresh and well-cooked.
Which of these facts about healthy foods potentially harming your health surprised you the most? Do you know any other facts about healthy foods that can negatively impact and can have a deadly effect on your health? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.
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