Too Much of a Good Thing: Foods That Are Dangerous to Eat in Excess

The world can be a dangerous place to navigate. And as if accidents, stranger danger, and mounting credit card debt aren’t enough, here I am to alert you to the dangers lurking around every grocery store aisle.

They’re lurking in your cupboards, waiting in your fridge, and patrolling your cold cellar. The old adage (and my Grandmother) insists that you can’t have too much of a good thing. Well Grandma, according to the Internet, you’re a liar!

Today on Healthversed, we’re going to take a look at a few ordinary, run-of-the-mill foodstuffs that could kill you if you aren’t careful. Let’s go!


Apparently, Popeye knows very little about spinach. Had the showrunners opted for a touch more realism, season three would have detailed Popeye’s battle with kidney stones, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Though spinach is full of fiber and healthy vitamins, it also contains oxalic acid. Oxalic acid is toxic to humans in large doses. Now that doesn’t mean that you should purge your fridge and your meal plan of all things leafy and green. It would take roughly seven pounds of spinach to kill a 145-pound person.

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I never waste away precious workday hours watching people take the cinnamon challenge because I’m a professional. The challenge is an impossible one, because swallowing a liberal dose of ground cinnamon can’t be done. It also shouldn’t be done.

That’s because cinnamon contains the compound coumarin, which can be lethal in large doses. We’re not talking kidney stones either. Coumarin has been proven to cause liver toxicity and even cancer. So “yes” to a little sprinkle of cinnamon on your latte and “no” to the cinnamon challenge. Especially when you’re supposed to be working.

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