30 Foods You Didn't Know Could Kill You

Processed Meat

According to the National Cancer Institute, meats containing nitrites and nitrates have been consistently linked to colon cancer.


You shouldn't be consuming your margarine. Many tubs are high in hydrogenated oils—which pack trans fats, aka the bad kind. They can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer.

Microwave Popcorn

It's not so much the kernels as the sacs they come in. So it forms a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid. That acid has been linked to both liver and prostate cancer.

Unpasteurized Cheese

Similar to raw milk, popular cheeses such as unpasteurized cheese - or "raw" cheese. It is a host for deadly foodborne illnesses and bacteria.


As a result, two people have died because of marshmallows, and the alcoholic confection is now seen as a major choking hazard.

Chili Peppers

Chili peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin. Eating too much (such as during a dangerous pepper eating contest) can cause your lungs to shrink.

Raw Milk

Some people drink animal milk directly. It's called raw milk, and it's a risky drink. Anyone who drinks it — especially young children — is at greater risk of deadly diseases, including E.coli and listeria.

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