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10 Foods That Can Literally Kill You

We all know that food nourishes us and gives us all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to get stronger. But what about foods that can do the total opposite? It’s a scary thought, but there are foods, including some that are extremely common, that can make us sick, nauseous, and even cause death if not properly prepped before consuming. Take a look at this list of 10 different foods you should watch out for at any time. 

Cinnamon

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Sure, we’ve laughed at that crazy Cinnamon Challenge that everyone was doing at one point, but it turns out, cinnamon might not be a laughing matter. Cinnamon is essentially powdered cinnamomum tree bark, and it’s best used in small portions in food. Inhaling cinnamon by accident can cause horrible symptoms such as inflammation, scarring in lungs, vomiting, and even death. 

Lima Beans

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Beans are known to have amazing health benefits, and it’s gaining a lot of popularity as a source of protein for those on plant based diets. However, if you’re ever prepping lima beans at home, this next bit of information is essential to know. Raw lima beans contain linamarin which turns into hydrogen cyanide once it’s consumed and decomposed. To rid your beans of this chemical, make sure to cook them thoroughly while the pot is uncovered, then drain and rinse the beans once cooked. 

Brazil Nut

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These crescent-shaped nuts may taste delicious, but it’s essential to practice portion control with these. Brazil nuts contains selenium, a poison that can be toxic to our bodies if consumed in large quantities. Other side effects can include hair loss, nail loss, rashes, diarrhea, and selenium poisoning. Experts recommend treating yourself to only three Brazil nuts a day to be safe.

Puffer Fish (Fugu)

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Considered a delicacy in Asian countries like South Korea and Japan, the puffer fish holds a poisonous toxin called tetrodotoxin in their skin and some organs. Tetrodotoxin is considered to be 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide, and one puffer fish contains enough toxin to kill 30 grown adults. However, if you’re not afraid to dance with death, make sure to get your puffer fish prepped by a specially trained and certified sushi chef who can break down a puffer fish properly. 

Tomatoes

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Thankfully, it’s not the red juicy fruit that’s the problem. However, the stem and leaves on tomatoes do contain a poison called glycoalkaloid that can be toxic if eaten in large amounts. We’re not that worried about this one, though. Those stems and leaves are probably really unappetizing anyway. 

Castor Oil

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Castor oil is known for its healing powers and health benefits, and it’s been gaining popularity as a skin and hair care product. However, there’s a reason why castor oil isn’t used like other oils such olive oil and coconut oil. Castor oil comes from castor beans that contain the toxic poison ricin. Eating as little as five to ten beans can be fatal for an adult. However, if you decide to use castor oil as a mild laxative, make sure to only take the recommended intake of 0 to 0.7 mg/kg bodyweight. 

Live Octopus (Sannakji)

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This one may seem disgusting to a lot of people, but live octopus is a delicacy at many sushi restaurants in South Korea. It’s exactly what you think it is: live octopus that’s chopped up so that it’s still squirming on the plate when it’s served. Although the taste of the octopus is pretty flavorless, many people enjoy this dish for the suction feeling once it’s in your mouth. Some daredevils like to eat the live octopus whole, and that’s when you can see how this food can kill you. If you ever want to try this, it’s important to chew very carefully and keep a cup of hot water next to you in case the octopus decides to take suction in your mouth and lodge itself in your throat. 

Raw Almonds

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Almonds are a great source of protein and a great snack to carry around. However, raw almonds, also known as bitter almonds, may have you questioning your snack of choice. It turns out that raw bitter almonds are chock full of cyanide that can be fatal with as little as 8-32 almonds. It’s important to note that domesticated raw almonds are safe for consumption. However, just make sure you check your labels before you start eating raw almonds by the handful. It could be your last.

Cherries

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Cherries are easily one of our favorite fruits. They’re sweet, tart, and look adorable. But don’t let its appearance fool you. Those tiny little cherry seeds are dangerously high in hydrogen cyanide, which can make you extremely sick or even kill you, if you happen to eat a broken seed. Chewing on them will do even more harm because it releases the toxic directly into your bloodstream. It’ll take about two broken cherry seeds to cause harm or death to a fully grown adult, but why even risk it? Just avoid it altogether and make sure to spit those suckers out while snacking.

Apples

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Unfortunately, apple seeds have the same deadly toxins as cherry seeds. Chewed seeds release cyanide that can cause paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Thankfully it takes around 200 apple seeds to be a fatal dose. So long as you’re not munching down handfuls of apple seeds, then you should be fine.

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This Chicken Teddy Bear Is What Nightmares Are Made Of

Sometimes, you just don’t know what you’re absolutely terrified of until it’s staring at you dead in the face.

One of those things is the “chicken teddy bear,” which is literally a teddy bear made out of raw chicken pieces that were oh-so-delicately and macabrely sewed together by its creator, “Maggie from Metairie” in New Orleans.

Advertised on Facebook Marketplace by Maggie as a “great family activity,” this foul fowl is also allegedly “edible and can be cooked.” Although the ad is now removed from Facebook, the chicken bear was initially priced at $35, or $25 if you provided your own chicken. Maggie had also offered to make clothes for your chicken bear, possibly at an additional cost.

Of course, The Internet jumped on the chance to express their genuine fear and disgust of the chicken bear as soon as it went viral:

 

So what makes this bear so incredibly unnerving? Possibly because all the sewing is so reminiscent of horror films like Silence of the Lambs, Tusk, or even The Human Centipede. Or maybe because it’s just an absolute mess of a salmonella outbreak just waiting to happen.

It’s highly questionable if this ad was genuine to begin with, but one can’t help but wonder what this nightmare bear would have look like once fully cooked.

Either way, we’ll pass.

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Pizza Hut Scores New NFL Sponsorship, Replacing Papa John’s

 

The National Football League has officially traded Papa John’s for Pizza Hut as its official pizza sponsor.

After eight years together, the dissolution of the sponsorship between Papa John’s and the NFL may have been something to be expected for some time now. Papa John’s has been under fire since November 2017 when former CEO John Schnatter blamed poor pizza sales on the National Anthem protests by NFL players. According to Bangor Daily News, Schnatter blamed poor leadership from higher officials of the NFL for the players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest against racial discrimination, injustice, and inequality. Tension continued to build as Neo-Nazis claimed Papa John’s as the “Official Pizza of Aryan Race,” and eventually, Schnatter stepped down from his position in January 2018.

However, Papa John’s isn’t totally nixed from any involvement with the NFL. According to the Washington Post, there will continue to be partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, and will focus on a “presence in broadcast and digital media and key personalities in the sport.”

Nevertheless, the NFL seems to have made the best, most logical choice in choosing Pizza Hut to be it’s newest official pizza for the next four years, starting April 2018. The pizza giant is the largest pizza chain in the United States, totaling over 7,200 locations, according to the Washington Post.

“We know many of our fans enjoy pizza while watching NFL games and we are thrilled to have Pizza Hut, an industry leader and one of America’s favorite brands, as an official league sponsor,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an official statement. “With a focus on family, friends and fun, Pizza Hut has the creativity we are looking for in a partner and we look forward to working together with them to make the at-home NFL experience more exciting than ever for our fans.”

If an “at-home NFL experience” is what they’re aiming for, Pizza Hut may already have the ball rolling. After all, Pizza Hut has been testing out beer and wine delivery, allowing consumers to kill two birds with one stone. But sensing from the enthusiasm of Artie Starrs, President of Pizza Hut U.S., that may just be the beginning.

“Pizza Hut has a history of bringing more entertaining food and experiences to the pizza occasion and we plan to continue that through our exclusive partnership with the NFL,” said Starrs. “The capacity for what’s possible is endless and that’s going to make this league partnership great fun for Pizza Hut, the NFL and everyone who loves pizza and football.”

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Doritos Is Creating Chips For Women To Keep Them Quiet

At a groundbreaking time in history when women all over the world are being encouraged to be louder, PepsiCo’s Doritos are making chips to keep them quieter.

According to an article by TIME, Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, told Freakonomics Radio that the company is creating a chip that’s made exclusively for women.

The idea for women’s Doritos materialized because, according to Nooyi, women “don’t like to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously and they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces and the flavor into their mouth.”

Furthermore, the new women’s chip bags will be designed to fit better into purses because “women love to carry a snack in their purse”, according to Nooyi.

In a backwards effort to try and include more women to snack, PepsiCo has ultimately ostracized their target audience. Nooyi’s backhandedly sexist comments have left a bad taste in the mouths of women, and they’ve taken to social media to express their confusion and bewilderment.

 

 

Of course, Doritos has tried to smooth over the controversy with their weak tweet below:

However, it’s important to note that Nooyi’s Dorito comments aren’t the first time the powerful business woman has acted contentiously or made remarks that reek of sexism.

In April 2017, Pepsi’s highly controversial ad starring Kendall Jenner was pulled after backlash on social media. The ad, which showed Jenner handing a police officer a can of Pepsi to create peace and unity, was accused of appropriating and trivializing the Black Lives Matter movement all at once, and was regarded as tone-deaf.

Nooyi came under fire again in August 2017 when she did not step down from President Trump’s business advisory council after his nonchalant stance after white supremacist violence in Virginia. The public was left stunned by Nooyi’s choice to not immediately leave her position on the advisory council, especially because Pepsi has a long standing public portrayal of supposed unification and diversity. It was even more curious considering Trump himself has had his fair share of sexist controversies that have gone public.

Furthermore, in an interview with Fortune from September 2017, Nooyi made the following comment when asked about what advice she’d give women who were entering the workforce today:

For women, know your journey is going to be tougher because you have so many other priorities to worry about. Today people would argue that men have the same priorities. Yes, but women were born with an extra gene that makes us worry about those things just a little bit more. I don’t know why—societal or genetic—but we worry about the family, the husband, evening’s dinner, yesterday morning’s breakfast, aging parents.

Whether or not the issues she notes are legitimate worries isn’t the point. The issue is that Nooyi seems to already have a predisposed notion that women aren’t equal with men and need to worry about household problems more than them.

Women are capable of prioritizing their professional work, just like how men are equally capable of worrying about their family and home life as well. It’s difficult to see how different her statement is compared to the popular sexist belief that “women are too hysterical or emotional.” And additionally, if it is a societal issue, isn’t that what we’re trying to tackle at this very moment in history?

At the end of the day, food is food, and it’s made for anybody and everybody. How a female CEO of a worldwide, billion dollar company thought it would be ok to market gendered chips is beyond concerning, and it really makes us wonder what other ludicrous ideas brands will come up with to separate men and women in the future.

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Creamistry’s Choco Pie Freakshake Is Your Dessert Dreams Come True

Freakshakes and Choco Pies captured headlines all over the world last year, and it’s easy to see why. Creamy milkshakes that are topped with decadent desserts and handheld cakes with marshmallow filling and chocolate don’t sound too shabby to us.

Now that it’s 2018, it looks like the two champs are continuing their trendy reign this year with Creamistry’s Choco Pie Infused Nitroshake.

Creamistry, one of Orange County’s hottest ice cream shops, is best known for their Instagrammable liquid nitrogen ice creams. Now, they’ve found a way to create an exclusive Freakshake that will only be available at Foodbeast’s upcoming NOODS NOODS NOODS Asian food festival.

The delectable drink is made up of their liquid nitrogen chocolate milkshake and decorated with gooey chocolate all around the rim with mini marshmallows, a huge helping of whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a WHOLE CHOCO PIE.

Enough said.

Join us while we double fist with these monstrosities at the NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Cup Noodles event in Santa Ana, CA on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

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Bruxie’s Kickin’ Kimchi Ramen Waffle Has Upgraded The Chicken Sandwich

There’s not much else better in life than a delicious, crispy, golden fried chicken sandwich. I mean, what’s there to hate about a juicy fried chicken sandwiched between tasty buns?

Is there even a way to upgrade a dish that’s already pretty much perfect?

Well, that’s what the mad geniuses at Bruxie have done. They’ve concocted a delectable Kickin’ Kimchi Ramen Waffle that they’re using as buns for a fried chicken sandwich, and it’s available only at FOODBEAST’s AYCE Asian food Festival NOODS NOODS NOODS presented by Original Cup Noodles on Saturday, January 27, in Santa Ana, CA!

This crazy cheesy waffle is made of their famous waffle batter, garlic chili hot sauce, green onion, pork belly, cheddar cheese, and ramen noodles… and it’s all topped off with their Kickin’ Chicken and smothered with a cheesy kimchi sauce.

It really doesn’t get much better than that.

Get your tickets to NOODS NOODS NOODS now to nab this and many more exclusive noodle-inspired dishes.

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Here’s How You Can Try The World’s Most Expensive Cup Of Coffee For Free

We’ve seen a lot of extravagant foods in 2017, with even wilder price tags attached to them.

$100 donuts? $1,000 tequila-infused chocolates? I mean, sure, we’d love to have a taste of these over-the-top treats, but most of us simply don’t have the excess funds to do so.

But how about if you had the chance to try the most expensive coffee in the world for absolutely free?

The Esmeralda Geisha 601, the world’s most expensive coffee that was recently sold for $601 a pound at the Best of Panama Competition, is now available at Klatch’s roastery in Rancho Cucamonga, California for a very special tasting. Although the price for a seat at the tasting is a hefty $95, Klatch is giving away one seat for a deserving community member who has been nominated on their social media.

If you have a family member or friend who loves coffee and has worked hard to make everybody else’s life just a little bit easier and happier, make sure to follow @KlatchRoasting, tag your nominee and comment why they deserve the tasting experience on Klatch’s Instagram, and like the post by 9am PST on 1/12/18.

Hey, you never know, this may just be the best Christmas gift for your loved one. And even if they don’t win the grand prize, it’ll make their heart fuller and day brighter to read why someone thinks that they should win the event.

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These 24-Karat Gold-Covered Truffles Are Almost Too Pretty To Eat

24-karat gold covered chocolate truffles

We’ve come across a lot of decadent gold-covered treats this year, and we knew that this trend wouldn’t leave 2017 without a bang. Now what would be the best way for this trend to give us one last hurrah before the new year? Well, if you ask me, anything that incorporates wine and chocolate into the mix is a clear winner.

It turns out, Mini Melanie, a Brooklyn-based dessert company, and Kim Crawford Wines agree with my sentiments.

Taking three of the best things in the world, chocolate, wine, and gold, they’ve created a box full of dark, milk, and white chocolate truffles that are hand-painted delicately with 24-karat gold leaf and adorned with mini gold sugar drags. And you know they had to add the dark chocolate ganache made from Kim Crawford Wines Sauvignon Blanc to ooze from the center with each bite for that little extra oomph of luxury. Emphasis on extra.

24-karat gold covered chocolate truffles

Look, I’m not saying you need to be this bougie all the time, but imagine going to a holiday party, sipping on your wine, snacking on a velvety gold-covered chocolate, while looking like that snack yourself.

I mean, isn’t that the dream?

Turns out Christmas wishes really do come true, because you can easily make that dream into a reality. Treat yo’self one last time before 2017 ends. You deserve it.