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    Forks over Knives cookbook
    Thug Kitchen (original)
    How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - Mark Bittman

    i am also member of a few FB groups and I get ideas from the forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    this may have been discussed, but what are some of your favorite vegan cookbooks?
    Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen - Richa Hingle
    Isa Does It - Isa Chandra Moskowitz
    The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen - Donna Klein
    Vegan Eats World - Terry Hope Romero

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    Yesterday, we attended the 33rd annual VegFest in Toronto. It was the biggest attendance ever for this 3 day event. Over 140 vendors, presentations, music etc

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    Rice and peas, pumpkin, callaloo, (incredibly healthy), barbecue seitan, fresh coconut drink, and freshly corn on the cob. All from Vital
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    One of dozens of food trucks from around the city
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    I think Hare Krishna was one of the original vendors from 1985... still serving delicious food
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    I got my lunch at D'Beatstro. A Banh Mi Tofu sandwich
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    Apiecalypse Now was just one of 140 vendors... hugely popular. They make incredible pizza, flavoured marshmallows, donuts... etc all vegan
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    Protein and the Vegan Athlete: All You Really Need to Know

    Can you be a plant-based athlete and still meet your protein needs?

    Unless you’ve been living in some magical No Meat Athlete bubble we don’t know about, you’re probably no stranger to this question.

    And luckily, neither is science.

    For a long time, athletes, coaches, and trainers alike have worried that vegan and vegetarian diets may not be sufficient to support the nutritional requirements and performance goals of athletes. They wonder if animal products are necessary to perform at one’s highest level.

    I’m happy to report, the research says otherwise. And that there’s an easier way to think about how (and where) you get your protein on a plant-based diet.

    But before we get into the details, let’s take a step back:

    What the Heck is Protein Anyway?
    Your body contains thousands of different proteins that serve different functions, all made from amino acids. It’s the arrangement of these amino acids that determines the type and function of a protein.

    There are 20 different amino acids that combine to form proteins, and although your body requires all of them, you only have the ability to make 11 of them. These are termed non-essential amino acids.

    The other nine—those you can’t make—are termed essential amino acids, and must be obtained from the diet.

    While it is true that all animal-source foods (meat, dairy, and eggs) contain all essential amino acids, they can also be obtained by eating a variety of plant foods.

    Proteins containing all nine essential amino acids can be used immediately by the body. If a protein is low in one or more of the essential amino acids, the availability of the protein is limited until the body can complete it. Which brings us to… wait for it…

    Complete vs. Incomplete Proteins (The Old Way of Thinking)
    More often than not, when you hear someone talking about getting enough protein, they refer to something called “complete” protein.

    The notion of complete vs. incomplete protein was popularized in the 1971 book, Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé. Lappé said that plant foods are an incomplete protein because they’re deficient in one or more of the essential amino acids. Thus, being a healthy vegetarian would mean that you need to combine plant proteins at each meal to get a “complete” protein.

    This led to the impression that plant proteins are completely devoid of at least one essential amino acid.

    Nope. False.

    All plant proteins have some of every essential amino acid. Did you get that? All of them.

    While certain (quite delicious, I might add) foods—like quinoa, chia, buckwheat, and soy—contain all nine essential amino acids in roughly equal amounts, other plant proteins have a lower amount of at least one essential amino acid.

    But that’s not a problem because your body does the work of making complete proteins for you.

    All you have to do is rub your belly three times, wiggle your nose, and count to ten…

    Only kidding. It’s actually way cooler than that.

    Your body creates a “pool” of amino acids from the food you eat throughout the day. So, if you eat oats in the morning, a salad at lunch, and legumes for dinner, your body will pool together all the essential amino acids from these foods and use them as needed to make proteins.

    This means you don’t have to worry about getting all the essential amino acids at any given meal. As long as you are eating an assortment of plant foods over the course of a day, your body will take care of the rest.

    Beautiful, isn’t it?

    Lysine: The Limiting Amino Acid in Vegan Diets
    Alright, so there is one thing in particular we vegans need to consider more than others.

    Lysine (very different than Lysol… do not consume that).

    Lysine is an essential amino acid that plays an important role in producing carnitine—a nutrient that helps convert fatty acids into energy and helps lower cholesterol, and it also helps produce collagen—a fibrous protein found in bone, cartilage, and skin. Lysine is considered a limiting amino acid because plant foods generally only contain a small amount of it.

    The Recommended Daily Allowance of lysine is 38 mg per kg (1 kg = 2.2 lbs) of body weight. So, if you weigh 132 lbs (60 kg), you would need 2,280 mg of lysine. (Update: Calculation corrected)

    Some vegan nutritionists argue that meeting your daily lysine need is more important than meeting your overall daily protein need.

    By focusing only on the amount of protein in food, you might hit a huge number of one thing, but totally miss the mark on something else. If you aim instead for your daily lysine requirements, you’ll almost certainly meet your overall protein requirements as a result.

    Foods richest in lysine are tempeh, seitan, lentils, and tofu. Amaranth, quinoa, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds are also good sources. Here’s a chart that breaks down the amounts of these high lysine foods:

    Food Serving Lysine (mg)
    Tempeh 1/2 cup 754
    Seitan 3 oz 656
    Lentils 1/2 cup 624
    Tofu 1/2 cup 582
    Amaranth 1 cup 515
    Quinoa 1 cup 442
    Pistachios 1/4 cup 367
    Pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup 360

    Okay, So How Much Protein Do I Actually Need?
    Protein and amino acid needs are the same for women as for men, and the amount is based on body weight in kg. For the general adult population (ages 19-59 years), the Recommended Daily Allowance for protein is 0.8 g/kg/day. That means if you weigh 60 kg (132 lbs), you would need 48 g of protein per day.

    Put into practice? One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 6 g of protein, add a tablespoon of peanut butter (4 g of protein) and ½ cup of soy milk (4 g protein) and you are up to 14 grams of protein at breakfast, which would be almost 30% of your daily requirement.

    For athletes, however, it is a little different:

    In a 2009 joint position paper on nutrition and athletic performance, the American College of Sport Medicine, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Dietitians of Canada recommended a higher protein intake for athletes. They said that:

    Endurance athletes require a protein intake of 1.2-1.4 g/kg/day.
    Strength athletes require a protein intake of 1.2-1.7 g/kg/day.
    Vegetarian athletes should increase their protein intake by 10% because plant proteins are less well-digested than animal proteins. Intake should be 1.3-1.8 g/kg/day.
    In other words, if you’re a vegan endurance athlete who weighs 60 kg (132 lbs), you need roughly 78-108 g of protein per day. Or about 40% more than non-vegan, non-athletes.

    That might sound hard to do on a vegan diet, but let’s look at a few examples to see just how easy it is.

    At first glance, that may seem difficult to do on a vegan diet, but don’t despair! It’s not as hard as you might think.

    A Day in the Life
    So far, this has been a lot of science and numbers. And while we all love science, sometimes it’s easier to just see examples. So, let’s put this all into perspective and look at sample menus for two vegan athletes:

    Troy

    Troy is 5’10” and weighs 155 lbs (70.3 kg). He’s training to run the Boston Marathon.

    His protein requirement is: 70.3 kg x 1.3 g PRO = 91 g/day

    His lysine requirement is: 70.3 kg x 38 mg = 2,671 mg/day

    Here is a sample menu showing how easy it is for Troy to meet his protein (including lysine) needs.

    Meal Food Protein Lysine
    Breakfast 2 slices whole grain bread 7.3 g 93 mg
    2 Tbsp peanut butter 8.0 g 290 mg
    8 oz soy milk 9.2 g 439 mg
    Banana 1.3 g 59 mg
    Snack 1/2 cup hummus 4.0 g 291 mg
    2 lavash crackers 4.0 g 144 mg
    1 cup veggie sticks 1.3 g 102 mg
    Lunch 1 cup vegetarian baked beans12.0 g 488 mg
    Medium baked potato 4.3 g 263 mg
    1 cup broccoli 3.6 g 234 mg
    Snack Orange 1.2 g 62 mg
    1/3 cup pistachios 8.2 g 489 mg
    Dinner 5 oz firm tofu 12.0 g 651 mg
    1 cup quinoa 8.1 g 442 mg
    1/2 cup peas 3.9 g 463 mg
    1/2 cup corn 2.3 g 272 mg
    Snack 1/4 cup dry roasted chickpeas 3.6 g 243 mg
    1 cup strawberries 1.0 g 37 mg

    TOTAL 95.3 g 5,062 mg
    Boom. Troy nailed it.

    Sarah

    Sarah is 5’2” and weighs 125 lbs (56.8 kg). She’s a power lifter.

    Her protein requirement is: 56.8 kg x 1.6 g PRO = 91 g/day

    Her lysine requirement is: 56.8 kg x 38 mg = 2,158 mg/day

    Here is a sample menu showing how easy it is for Sarah to meet her protein (including lysine) needs.

    Meal Food Protein Lysine
    Breakfast 3/4 cup steel cut oats 7.5 g 501 mg
    1 Tbsp chia seeds 2.0 g 150 mg
    1 Tbsp cocoa nibs 1.0 g 70 mg
    Kiwi fruit 1.1 g 200 mg
    Snack 6 oz soy yogurt 6.0 g 439 mg
    3 Tbsp pumpkin seeds 6.6 g 270 mg
    Lunch Medium whole grain bagel 10.0 g 186 mg
    2 Tbsp peanut butter 8.0 g 290 mg
    8 oz soy milk 9.2 g 439 mg
    Snack 1/3 cup roasted soybeans 22.6 g 427 mg
    Orange 1.2 g 62 mg
    Dinner 1 cup cooked amaranth 9.3 g 515 mg
    1/2 cup black beans 7.6 g 523 mg
    1/2 cup lentils 8.9 g 624 mg
    1/2 cup cooked spinach 3.0 g 115 mg


    TOTAL 104 g 4,811 mg
    Sarah had no trouble hitting her lysine goals for the day.

    Looking deeper at these two examples, you’ll notice they both include a well-rounded mix of:

    Fruits,
    Veggies,
    Legumes, and
    Nuts.
    And they don’t include any:

    Protein powders,
    Fake meats, or
    Crazy mega protein meals.
    See, it’s really not hard to hit your dietary requirements as a plant-based athlete, even without resorting to processed foods and protein powders as so many athletes assume you need to.

    Let’s Put the Protein Myth to Rest
    The idea that plant sources are insufficient to meet protein requirements is an outdated myth. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports the notion that an appropriately planned vegan or vegetarian diet can meet the energy and macronutrient needs (including protein) of athletes.

    But the key words here are appropriately planned. Meeting your protein needs as a vegan athlete isn’t rocket science, but it may take a little effort or at least forethought.

    Eat a variety of foods throughout the day.
    Include high-lysine foods when possible.
    Know roughly how many grams you need and plan accordingly.
    While the protein question may never go away completely, at least you know you can be healthy and reach your goals.

    And now you know the science to prove it.


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    Velovegan: Vegan meat delivered by bike to your door

    Each weekend Ben Mueller-Heaslip and his partner make amazing vegan meats, then, Velovegan delivers those 'meats' all over Toronto - by bike. dandyhorse caught up with the founder of Toronto's only vegan food bike delivery service to find out a bit more about what it's like being vegan and working on two wheels.
    When and why did you start Velovegan?

    Well, it's hard to say when I started. I'd been developing recipes for vegan meats ever since I became vegan many years ago, mostly because there weren't as many options back then as there are now and most of what was available was pretty terrible. So I was making vegan meats, and it was way better than what people could get from stores, so my friends wanted some, then they started buying it and people I didn't know wanted to buy it, so I decided that I should go into business. It became official about two years ago.

    Why deliver by bike?

    Why deliver by bike? Because it's just the best way to do the job!


    I cover most of the city, from Scarborough to the Humber River, and get every day's route done in a couple hours. It costs me almost nothing and it's mostly a lot of fun. I wouldn't be able to have this business any other way: the cost of running a car for business wouldn't let me make it the sort of business I want it to be. And I just hate driving. Driving is not fun. I'd have to pay myself way more to drive, so much more that I wouldn't be able to hire myself to do the job.

    Carrying the food is no problem. I worked as a bike courier for many years so my legs in good shape, and I've done a lot of cross-country bike camping rides where I've had to carry a lot more weight for a lot longer distances. I've got panniers and my panniers have panniers. When there are too many orders I hire my friend Smitty to ride for me and he's a fantastic courier. Now that business is getting really busy I'm trying to get him on as a regular employee. And since some stores have started carrying our products, you'll sometimes see me biking really slow with a big stack of orange crates full of burritos and pies strapped to the back rack of the bike.

    What is vegan meat?

    My meats are seitan, the base of which is wheat protein. It has the amazing property of being able to take on a great variety of textures depending on the process used to make it. My goal in making this stuff has been to create vegan meat that cooks the same way as the carnivores versions of the food. My father, for example, if he gets a package of vegan burgers or sausages from a store they stick to the grill of the barbeque and come out with the texture of either styrofoam or mush, because these things are badly made. My sausages, even my father can cook them properly. Just because you're vegan doesn't mean that your experience of cooking or eating should be any less than it would be if you're not vegan, and being able to barbeque a sausage is a nice part of life.

    Why did you decide to only do vegan meat instead of offering full vegan meals?

    Two reasons: first, every vegan already has vegetables so they don't need me to provide them. Second, a good business has to address a real need. Good, fresh, vegan meats, with a lot of variety, delivered at a good price is a real need and that's the service I'm providing.

    Do you know of any other vegan food delivery by bike services?

    Nope, I am the only one. There's a company in Minnesota that does it, but they don't deliver here. There are vegan restaurants that you can order from who use UberEATS and Foodora, but they're doing full meals and the delivery element is separate from the restaurant business. Unless there's something I haven't heard about, it's just me.

    Favourite part of the day?

    Being on the road. I love cooking, but it's a damn lonely thing. I usually try to time my cooking sessions to start with the first pitch of a Jays game so I don't get bored. Business administration is not fun for me. My partner does a lot of that stuff and she's way better at it than I am. What I like is when that work is done, the bike gets packed, and then I'm on the road. A lot of my regular clients are really great people and we have ongoing conversations, about baseball, or cycling, or politics, or their pets. You get to know people seeing them every week and I really value that. I wouldn't want to do this work if it wasn't like that.

    Every Christmas I do a special run to give some presents and cards to the people who ordered most often during the year. Last year, one of my clients reciprocated my present by taking me and my son up for a flight in his little plane he's got at Buttonville airport, and he let me fly the plane. That was totally the best thing that's come to me from starting the business.

    How does delivering healthy food by bike make the city a better place?

    Toronto's a pretty tough city. Anyone who spends any time on the road here knows that, and they probably have a pretty good idea by now why it's that way. I'm trying to make a life for my family, not to change the world. But I'm trying to run the business right. When I started Velovegan I thought a lot about what it means run a business morally, and came up with a few principles: Nobody has the right to hurt anyone else to make money, make the product affordable to everyone, treat anyone working for you like family. I don't know if it makes a difference that a family on your street is vegan, or it their vegan meat is delivered by bike instead of a van. But doing things this way makes me feel like part of a community of people that cares about each other, and it makes me want to do it again every day.

    Is there anything else you'd like to add?

    Yes! Velovegan meats are sold at Victoria's Whole Foods at 1450 Gerrard East, and that our burritos, pot pies, and Jamaican Patties are on the menu at the Sideshow Cafe at 1300 Gerrard.

    I'd give a shout out to Natalia and David at Lady Marmalade for giving me the use of their restaurant's kitchen in their off hours even though I've set off their burglar alarm so many times.

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    Great story! Thanks for sharing some local news and interests.
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    Have a beautiful sunday/funday with healthy treats

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    Is sugar really as addictive as cocaine? Scientists row over effect on body and brain
    Heated debate has greeted an article in a medical journal suggesting sugar should be considered an addictive drug, as experts deride the claims as ‘absurd’

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    Article:
    An article suggesting that sugar should be considered an addictive substance, and could even be on a par with abusive drugs such as cocaine, has sparked a furious backlash with experts describing the claims as “absurd”.

    In a narrative review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine the authors write that sugar could act as a gateway to alcohol and other addictive substances, adding that like sugar, like cocaine and opium, is refined from plants to yield pure white crystals – a process they say “significantly adds to its addictive properties.”

    The article was co-authored by cardiovascular research scientist James J DiNicolantonio and cardiologist James H O’Keefe, both from Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas, together with William Wilson – a physician with the nonprofit US group practice Lahey Health.

    “Consuming sugar produces effects similar to that of cocaine, altering mood, possibly through its ability to induce reward and pleasure, leading to the seeking out of sugar,” they write, citing rodent studies which show that sweetness is preferred even over cocaine, and that mice can experience sugar withdrawal.

    Speaking to the Guardian, DiNicolantonio said that the consumption of sugar was a grave concern. “In animals, it is actually more addictive than even cocaine, so sugar is pretty much probably the most consumed addictive substance around the world and it is wreaking havoc on our health.”

    The trio are not the first to explore whether sugar should be considered addictive, but the article has come under fire from some in the field, who say while sugar consumption can lead to problematic health issues, it it is not addictive or a drug of abuse.

    Hisham Ziauddeen, a psychiatrist at the University of Cambridge, said that the rodent studies had been misunderstood by the authors, and added that a review of the matter he co-authored last year did not support the idea that sugar was addictive to humans.

    “The rodent studies show that you only get addiction-like behaviours if you restrict the animals to having [sugar] for two hours every day. If you allow them to have it whenever they want it – which is really how we consume it – they don’t show these addiction-like behaviours,” he said.

    “What this means is that it is the combination of that particular kind of intermittent access and sugar that produces those behaviours. Further you get the same kind of effect if you use saccharin … so it seems to be about sweet taste rather than sugar.”

    Ziauddeen added that it was not surprising that even rats hooked on cocaine might prefer sugar, pointing out that many animals would naturally look for sweet things, not cocaine.

    Maggie Westwater, a co-author of the study with Ziauddeen, said that the anxious behaviour sometimes shown by rodents after eating sugar was far from a clear sign of addiction. “Since such ‘withdrawal’ often occurs in the context of extended fasting, we cannot say if the behaviours were precipitated by previous sugar consumption or by hunger,” she said, adding that unlike for cocaine, rodents would not seek sugar if it was paired with an unpleasant event, like an electric shock

    The authors of the latest study also point to parallels between the effect of cocaine and sugar on the brain, pointing out that both interact with the same reward system.

    But Ziauddeen said that was not surprising. “The reality is that quite simply the brain’s rewards system and the circuits that control eating behaviour are the same ones that respond to drugs of abuse,” he said. But, he added, unlike sugar “drugs of abuse seem to hijack those systems and turn off their normal controls.”

    Tom Sanders, emeritus professor of nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London said that it was “absurd to suggest that sugar is addictive like hard drugs.”

    “While it is true that a liking for sweet things can be habit-forming it is not addictive like opiates or cocaine,” said Sanders. “Individuals do not get withdrawal symptoms when they cut sugar intake.”

    However, DiNicolantonio said that while sugar consumption in humans didn’t lead to physical withdrawal signs, there were biochemical signs of withdrawal in the brain – a point contested by Ziauddeen.

    But not everyone disagreed with the authors.

    Robert Lustig, professor of paediatrics at the University of California San Francisco said he shared the concerns of DiNicolantonio and colleagues. “I do believe that sugar is addictive, based on its metabolic and hedonic properties,” he said. Lustig has previously argued that sugar is the “alcohol of the child”. However, while he said he believed sugar was a drug of abuse, he considered it a weak one, on a par with nicotine, rather than drugs like heroin.

    But Ziauddeen cautioned that sugar, in itself, is not dangerous. “From an eating, metabolism and obesity point of view, sugar is not this terrific demon by itself, because of some innate property of it,” he said. “Where the problem lies is that there are huge amounts of sugar that are put into various foods that substantially boost the calorie content of those foods.”

    Sanders agreed, noting that our taste for sugar is a trait that humans are born with and that sweetness helps us recognize foods rich in vitamin C.“The main health hazard from sugar is dental decay – it only contributes to obesity directly via over consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages,” he said.
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    I dunno, sugar is harder to snort, unless it's powdered sugar, which is used to cut cocaine sometimes. On a more serious note, non-sugar replacements also tend to make people eat sweeter foods and creates a similar problem to eating actual sugar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrinkle View Post
    this may have been discussed, but what are some of your favorite vegan cookbooks?

    oh she glows - all of them
    eaternity
    chloe's.... - all of them
    vegan cooking for carnivores
    I follow Facebook group called No Meat Athlete. I haven't purchased the cookbook yet. The author posts excellent healthy recipes and relevant information


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    Dangerous Food

    1)
    Mushrooms

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    Not every mushroom is created equal. Crimini mushrooms might make perfect pasta toppers, but some species contain poisons that can kill.

    2)
    Tomatoes

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    The juicy, red fruit contains a poison, Glycoalkaloid, in its leaves, which is known for causing upset stomachs, severe cramping, and anxiety. So steer clear of the leaves and stems.

    3)
    Rhubarb Leaves

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    Rhubarb might bake up all kinds of delicious sweets, but the leaves are poisonous, causing breathing trouble, seizures, kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

    4)
    Peanuts,

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    One of the most common allergies is to peanuts. The most severe reaction is anaphylaxis, which can lead to severe constriction of the airways, shock, and even loss of consciousness. It is dangerous enough to cause death if left untreated

    5)
    Potatoes

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    Potatoes have poisonous leaves and stems, but even so, potato poisoning is rare. Most potato related deaths come from eating green potatoes or drinking potato leaf tea

    6)
    Cherries

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    Watch out for cherry seeds, which contain poisonous hydrogen cyanide.


    7)
    Almonds

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    This seed (no, it isn't actually a nut) may pack in many health benefits- but they are potentially full of poison. Bitter almonds while in their raw form, are full of cyanide.They need to go through a specialized heat treatment(more than DIY oven roasting) in order to remove toxins.

    8)
    Stone fruit seeds
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    Apples and stone fruits - cherries, plums, apples, pears, peaches, and apricots- are nature's candy , but stay away from the seeds (as well as the bark and leaves) They contain amygdalin, a compound that produces cyanide . large does can lead to dizziness, and vomiting, increased blood pressure, kidney failure, coma and even death

    9)
    Elderberry

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    We love us some berries, but the elderberry plant, used in medicinal syrups, sodas, and liquors can cause a severely upset stomach, so stay away from the stems and leaves.

    10)
    Castor oil

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    Castor oil comes from the castor bean plant, which is loaded with the poison ricin. Make sure the beans your castor oil was made from adhered to all safety guidelines.

    11)
    Kidney and Lima beans

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    These legumes are good for you, unless prepared incorrectly. Soak red beans for several hours to remove lectins which can kill the cells in the stomach and cook and drain lima beans thoroughly to get rid of the chemical compound linamarin, which can turn into hydrogen cyanide.

    12)
    Nutmeg

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    Though its great to have on hand for baking, ingesting a significant amount can lead to psychotic symptoms like disorientation, hallucinations and hyper-excitation
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