Surprisingly Dangerous Foods People Eat Anyway

Date: 2020-01-09 13:45:01

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Popular foods with hidden dangers! From potentially poisonous delicacies to the everyday meals with unexpected hazards.

#13 Potatoes
Left to sit long enough, potatoes will transform from their rustic brown color to green. Though they may seem just unripe, and the urge to simply cut around the green may be tempting, these potatoes are actually becoming toxic! Potatoes are naturally a root, so the skin of this food isn’t used to sunlight, however once exposed to the sun, it will begin to create chlorophyll, the green pigment found in most verdant veggies. This gives the potato its green hue, but along with this pigment, another chemical is produced: solanine. Originally produced by potatoes as a compound to protect against predators as the tuber sprouts, solanine is poisonous to humans in addition to whatever other natural predators potatoes have. Fortunately for humans, it requires ingesting a sizeable amount in order to feel the ill effects solanine would cause. The highest concentration of solanine in green potatoes is in the skin, thus peeling before eating will help reduce any danger, though sticking to ripe potatoes is the most recommended preventative measure.
#12 Hot Dogs
Right next to hamburgers, one of the most adored foods in America is the hot dog. Every year, over 150 million hot dogs are eaten on the Fourth of July alone, with billions more consumed annually. But aside from being one of the top protein choices of the nation, hot dogs are also the number one choking hazard among toddlers across the United States! In general, large, round and solid foods pose a danger to young children since their body is not the right size, or they lack the eating experience, to consume them safely. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep hot dogs away from children age 4 and younger. However, if a child must have a hot dog, cutting the frank lengthwise first before chopping it into half-inch long pieces will help keep it both safe and edible for kids.