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What's the Most Dangerous Food of All Time?

People run all kinds of risks to eat food that can be dangerous. Last week, we heard about how cherries and milk together can kill you. Luckily, that was a myth. At one time, Europeans thought that tomatoes were poison. With all the misinformation about food, it's time to turn to the experts.

For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of food historians and anthropologists to nominate their candidates for the all-time most dangerous food. There was one sticky pattern, but mostly, their takes varied wildly; collectively they cover pretty much all of the non-fruit/vegetable parts of the food pyramid. If you like eating, and also enjoy being alive, you might want to take their opinions to heart.

The different experts picked different foods for different reasons. Some can be deadly if you don't select, prepare, or store it correctly. Others are safe in small amounts, but contribute to early death if you overindulge over time. Some are vectors for disease, and some are just bad for everyone because its production is destroying the environment. It is telling that the last four experts chose the same food. Read all the opinions on the most dangerous food at Gizmodo.

(Image credit: Ericsteinert)


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