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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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9 Food Urban Legends and the Story Behind Them

There were quite a few scary stories our parents told us about food growing up. Legends like swallowing your gum would cause it to stay in your stomach for seven years or eating a lemon seed would cause a tree to grow inside your body had us freaked out.

As we grew older, we discovered more food urban legends. We kept Mentos and Coke as far apart as we could from each other, for fear of a sugary explosion. 

With all the food legends and superstitions plaguing us in the corner of our minds, let’s take a look at the history behind some of the most popular ones out there. 

Pop Rocks & Soda Death

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They say if you combine Pop Rocks with soda, the chemical reaction will cause an explosion in your stomach. In fact, the legend says that “Little Mikey” from the LIFE cereal commercials way back when, died because of the lethal combination. Turns out this was false, and that Mikey himself grew up to be a pretty well-adjusted member of society. 

Carrots Help You See In The Dark

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Growing up, we’ve always been told to eat more carrots as they would help us see better in the dark and improve our vision in general. Unfortunately, while carrots are good for your eyes, they don’t really improve your vision or grant you night vision. That legend was created by the British Ministry of Information in WWII to get people to grow more carrots for the Royal Air Force so they could spot German bombers better. While carrots do contain Vitamin A, essential for the general well-being of your sight, you won’t suddenly see better after putting down more carrots. 

Gum In Your Stomach for Seven Years

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Fortunately, for those who have the tendency to swallow their gum, the myth of it staying in the pit of your stomach simply isn’t true. While the origin is a bit unclear, many know the saying every time the piece of gum almost slips down their throat. 

Like with most foods you eat, gum will simply poop itself out not too long after you swallow it. Still, you probably shouldn’t just swallow a bunch of gum as it could eventually lead to intestinal blockage. 

Mentos And Soda Killed Two Kids

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There was a rumor years back that a mixture of Mentos mint candies and Coca-Cola were responsible for the deaths of two kids after they consumed the two products at once. This was proven false as there was little, if any, concrete details surrounding the alleged ordeal. As we’ve seen with many science videos, combining the two creates a pretty volatile reaction. Definitely do not try to knock down a bunch of Mentos and chug some Coke. Combining the two in your body can still cause some damage to your digestive system. 

McDonald’s Burgers Break Down

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We’ve seen many videos and stories of McDonald’s burgers and fries standing the test of time, looking nearly the same as if it came straight from the drive-thru. The legend that McDonald’s burgers don’t rot is, actually pretty true. The explanation behind this phenomenon is that thanks to the low amount of moisture in the product, the chances of microbes causing rot is reduced drastically. Not that you should be eating 20-year-old McDonald’s burgers though. 

Graham Crackers Curb Sexual Appetite

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It was long rumored that Graham Crackers were invented to curb sexual appetite. Turns out it’s actually true. Nineteenth Century Minister Sylvester Graham deduced meats, booze, and foods high in fat led to stronger sexual urges. His solution: introducing bland foods to curb sex drives. Clearly this was simply some misguided science as there is no concrete evidence to back that nutty claim up.

Washing Raw Chicken Before Cooking

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It’s Sunday night and you’re about to prepare a family feast for your loved ones. You pull out the raw chicken from the fridge and turn on the sink, ready to wash it. Turns out you’d be doing yourself a disservice. The myth behind washing raw chicken before preparing is actually false, and all it actually does is spread the germs around your sink and kitchen. Cooking the meat is the only surefire way to kill the bacteria, then thoroughly washing your hands afterwards. Personally, we believe that frying chicken is the best way to get rid of all those bacteria. 

McDonald’s Milkshakes Made with Animal Fat

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The term Animal Fat associated with McDonald’s Milkshakes confused customers, leaving them to wonder if the creamy beverage was made from fat from animals like the pig. McDonald’s themselves state that “Animal Fat” was a term that was used to describe fats derived from meat products. None of these fats, however, were included in the milkshakes. 

The Five-Second Rule

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Often, we drop food on the ground only to pick it up instantaneously claiming it falls under the “5-second rule.” No, that rule actually does not apply to everything. In fact, all food will be contaminated instantly once it hits the floor. The level of that contamination, however, depends on the surface it falls on and the water content of the food. A French fry hitting the surface of a table will have a lower contamination level than an ice cream cone hitting a dirt road, even if the latter was for less than five seconds. 

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10 Sneaky Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as You Think

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or exclusively follow foodporn accounts on Instagram, you may have noticed the #fitspo lifestyle has completely taken over. 

From Fit Tea brand ambassadors to self-identified wellness models, ~healthy living~ has become a fad that’s showing no sign of slowing down.

And while you may think you’re ready to hop on this bandwagon, I’m here to warn you that many of your favorite “healthy” foods aren’t as healthy as you think.

So before you commit to a life of early morning workouts and sponsored micro-influencer posts, here are 10 foods you *think* are healthy, but are actually just as deceiving as the puppy Snapchat filter.

Dried Fruit

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Dried fruit may be a more nutritional snack option than say a luscious piece of chocolate cake or microwaved nachos, but sadly that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Dried fruit contains large amounts of added sugar that makes it, nutrition wise, much more similar to candy than actual fruit.  

Dried fruit may be a more nutritional snack option than say a luscious piece of chocolate cake or microwaved nachos, but sadly that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Dried fruit contains large amounts of added sugar that makes it, nutrition wise, much more similar to candy than actual fruit.  

Veggie Chips

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Though it seems like this should be illegal, just because something contains a variation of the word “vegetable” in its name doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Veggie chips are fried like normal potato chips and are high in sodium and fat. *Insert facepalm here*

Peanut Butter

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If you’ve ever fit the archetype of “broke college student” you’ve likely had many a meals that consisted of just a jar of peanut butter and a spoon. You may have considered this a healthy detour from your usual diet of pizza and microwaved mac & cheese, but truth is, that’s not quite the case. Peanut butter along with other nut butters have sugar added in the form of high fructose corn syrup making the “healthy” snack option really not.

Canned Soup

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Consider this good news: You no longer need to eat a sad bowl of canned soup in the name of health. Turns out that cheap, canned grocery store soup is loaded with high amounts of sodium that is not only unhealthy, but can leave you feeling bloated and lethargic. If you genuinely enjoy eating soup, opt for homemade, it’s generally quite simple to prepare.

Trail Mix

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If you’re like the majority of society, when you eat trail mix you meticulously pick out the M&M’s and little mini chocolate peanut butter cups leaving the raisins, nuts and other ~less than~ ingredients aside. Not too surprisingly, this results in a sugary treat that lacks substantial nutritional value. For a healthier alternative, look for trail mixes made up of unsalted nuts, a little fruit and even perhaps a bit of dark chocolate.

Instant Oatmeal

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Extremely high in both carbohydrates and sugar, instant oatmeal may be quick and easy to make, but sure isn’t healthy. Try making your own if you’re craving the ooey gooey breakfast staple for a more nutritious option. Or ya know, just yolo eat a bacon, egg & cheese.

Flavored Yogurt

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If you dismally eat yogurt while your coworkers enjoy morning treats like bagels or breakfast burritos in the name of nutrition, put the plastic spoon down now. Flavored yogurts are are made sweet with loads of added sugar and are thus not as great for you as you might suspect. Unfortunately, plain yogurt is a much healthier choice, but feel free to throw some fresh fruit on top for a little bit of natural flavor.

Granola

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Though granola often appears on the “lighter fare” section of brunch menus, it’s really not that much better for you than some of the more inherently tubby options. A serving size of granola is a lot smaller than you probably think, so filling an entire cereal bowl with the sweet breakfast treat isn’t doing your beach bod any favors. It contains a significant amount of sugar so it’s better enjoyed when lightly sprinkled on top of yogurt or fruit than consumed in mass by itself. 

Bran Muffins

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The sad but very real truth about any type of muffin is that they’re essentially cupcakes without frosting. Sure, some are slightly better than others, but even muffins’ most healthy iteration isn’t all that healthy. Yes, even bran muffins, despite their nutritional sounding name, are still filled with high amounts of sugar and fat. They also often contain more wheat flour than actual bran when purchased at a bakery or coffee shop.

Veggie Burgers 

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Though not all veggie burgers are created equal, some are pretty darn bad for you. Too often, store bought veggie burgers contain high amounts of sodium and not as many vegetables as you might think.  Most are made with rice, beans and are held together by a variety of oils and veggie proteins.

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Cheesecake Factory’s Best Dishes Ranked by Dankness

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If you’ve ever been to The Cheesecake Factory you know that their menus are more of an encyclopedia of dishes than something to order off of. If it takes you 45 minutes to go through the menu once, you know there’s a problem.

Lucky for us a pair of brothers over at First We Feast who frequent the chain put together a list of the top 15 dishes to help us all spend a little less time ordering and a lot more time enjoying those enormous portions.

Here’s a peep at our personal favorites of the bunch:

#12 on the list is the Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake. This dessert is a fusion between cake and cheesecake, with layers of Red Velvet alternating with a cheesecake stripe to bring you a four layered slice of dessert hybrid heaven.

#6 are the Buffalo Blasts, don’t let the picture fool you, those actually aren’t pieces of fried chicken, it’s better. This “Frankensteined” appetizer is a spiced wrapper filled with chicken, cheese and buffalo sauce and fried until golden brown. Um, want. Now.

Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake is quite the mouthful taking the #3 spot on this list. This slice of goodness is full of cheesecake, Oreo cookies, Oreo cookie mousse, and chocolate icing. If you’re worried about feeling guilty over devouring such a sinful dessert perhaps the fact that a quarter of each slice of this cheesecake sold is donated to Feeding America will make you feel better. But probably not.

Top honors go to the Louisiana Chicken Pasta, the menu’s token Cajun style dish. The only thing New Orleans about this dish is the seasoning and kick, but it’s American influence is showing with that fried panko crusted chicken.

Head over here to drool over the rest of the top ranking, glorious food porn.

H/T + Photo Courtesy First We Feast

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Inception Cupcakes, Coconut Vaginas and 11 More Incredibly Unnecessary Cupcakes

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While not everyone can say they love Valentine’s (who does?), most of us still appreciate a cupcake or two when that second week of February finally draws to a close. Admittedly, what with the rise of cupcakes in the last few years, you’ve got quite a few options for exchange. Liquor cupcakes, blue cupcakes, cupcakes eaten in the proper fashion, etc. In case you get confused, here’s a list you may want to think twice about before you head into your bake-away-the-blues day.

 

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1. Redundancy Cupcakes

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Also known as “cupcake-ception.”

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2. Xhibit(ionist) Cupcakes

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Yo, dawg, we heard you liked cupcakes.

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3. Nerdy Cupcakes

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Actually, this is pretty cool. No complaints here.

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4. Colorful Vagina Cupcakes

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No comment. Okay, one comment: Those coconut shavings . . . too much.

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5. PieCakes

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Why does this cupcake have a pie inside it? Don’t worry about it. Just enjoy your double dessert.

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6. DangerCakes

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Nothing makes a gal (or guy) happier than a cupcake that gets her in trouble with TSA.

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7. Chinese Food Cupcakes

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We love Chinese food. We love cupcakes. Just . . . maybe not together.

 

8. Healthy Cupcakes

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Muffins, in other words. There is a difference, people. We are not fooled.

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9. Meatloaf Cakes

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AKA “Fakecakes.” This is dinner, not dessert.

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10. Inverted Cupcakes

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What, no frosting?

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11. Mini Cupcakes

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Cute, but ultimately unsatisfying. You’ll end up eating forty of them, and then explode. That’s a bad day.

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12. Cupcake Cereal

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Heeeeey . . . this isn’t a cupcake.

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And finally, the booze. Because Foodbeast.

13. Cupcake Vodka

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It always seems like a good idea until the next morning.

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