Foods that shouldn’t be eaten raw
You probably know that raw meat and eggs are not a good choice unless you want to have a food poisoning or even end up being rushed to the hospital. However, you may not know that are more kinds of food that you’d better avoid if they are still raw. They will definitely surprise you and you probably tried some of them as raw at some point in your life but now, reading this article you will beware of them. Just to be on the safe side - cook them!
This common product that you probably consume nearly every day should never be eaten raw! "Eating potatoes raw can cause bloating and undesirable gastrointestinal effects because potatoes contain starches that are resistant to being digested," claims Dr. Lisa Davis, the chief nutrition officer from Terra’s Kitchen. So when you cook potatoes, these starches can be successfully broken down. Another scary news is that if raw potatoes lie too long in a warm and damp place then they become green and can develop a harmful toxin that is called solanine. Do you see some green spots on the potatoes? Don’t eat them!
Yucca may not be common in your country but in South America, it is a basis of their cuisine. Well, no wonder! After all, yucca is full of vitamins and various minerals. But… it also hides a very sneaky, detrimental ingredient, which may turn out to be lethal! It turns out that both leaves and roots may contain cyanogenic glycosides, chemical substances that release a popular poison - cyanide when eaten raw. Don’t panic! Yucca is edible but you need to wash it thoroughly, peel and cook before serving on a plate.
Kidney beans? You probably find them extremely healthy! After all, they are rich in protein, fiber, and nutritious antioxidants. However, if you take advantage of raw kidney beans then they may turn out to be disastrous for your stomach. "Uncooked kidney beans contain the toxin phytohaemagglutinin, which can cause unpleasant gastrointestinal discomfort and symptoms similar to food poisoning," explains Dr. Davis. If you want to be on the safe side then just boil kidney beans for a minimum of 10 minutes before you decide to consume them.
Hot dogs can’t be considered a healthy food but they can even wreak more havoc if you decide to eat them raw. You are wrong thinking that as they are pre-cooked, they can be eaten just after you get them in the supermarket or a bar. such misconception can be downright dangerous for your health. According to Food and Drug Administration, hot dogs are likely to be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria! And it turns out that this bacteria can be destroyed only if you reheat your hot dog.
If you live in a village where some of the neighbors offer milk straight from their cows then you are in a danger. After all, you may be tempted to drink it just after you get it because you think that this will be the healthiest way to consume it. Well, you are wrong as such liquid, without being pasteurized can be packed with dangerous bacteria E.coli or even Salmonella. According to Food and Drug Administration, raw milk may be about 150 times more likely to cause foodborne illnesses comparing to other dairy products.
Sprouts seem so healthy! Well, not entirely healthy… If you take advantage of alfalfa and radish sprouts, you risk getting bacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. It just happens because sprouts grow in damp, most areas where germs have the chance to thrive. How to avoid unpleasant consequences? You just need to buy sprouts that are organic and fresh (preferably locally) and of course, before you make some dish from them, wash and cook your sprouts.
Almonds? That’s probably the last thing you would think about! Don’t panic! Almonds that you buy in a supermarket as a snack are called "sweet almonds" and you can just be healthier if you eat them regularly. However, there is also another variety of them called "bitter almonds" and they contain hydrocyanic acid. You’d better beware of them as you only need about 70 raw bitter almonds to die! Luckily, most of the shops don’t sell them and again, they are not harmful if you cook them.
You‘ve been probably tempted to eat pre-cooked dough many times in your life. It looks so sweet, you can’t wait and you think "What can get wrong if I taste a little bit of that?". Well, raw eggs and flour may turn out to be really problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flour can be potentially very dangerous! Before coming to supermarkets, flour has many chances to come into contact with bacteria such as E.coli and the only reasonable option is baking or cooking if you want to be on the safe side.
Eggplants and potatoes have the same problem. They both contain solanine - extremely detrimental toxin. Which eggplants are the most dangerous ones? You’d better avoid "young" eggplants and those harvested relatively early. Don’ t worry, you would have to eat a huge amount of eggplants to suffer some gastrointestinal effects but it’s better to be cautious and cook them anyway. Another reason is that many people have the allergy to raw eggplants so cooked version seems just safer.