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10 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat Raw

With the raw food diet trend going strong, we wonder if all food should be consumed this way. Turns out, this is not the case. In fact, some food is actually bad for our health if it’s not processed or cooked first. There are some foods that may be consumed raw but caution ought to be taken while doing so.

Bright Side thinks that we ought to know which foods should not be eaten raw so that we can do justice to both the food and our body. Here are 10 foods you shouldn't eat raw

1) Potatoes

There are many reasons why eating an uncooked potato isn’t a great move for your body or your tastebuds. In addition to their bitter taste and starchy, mealy texture, raw potatoes are likely to clash with your digestive system and have the potential to cause more serious health issues

2) Red kidney beans

Eating raw or undercooked kidney beans can lead to food poisoning, including symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Kidney beans, or red beans, contain a natural protein, Lectin, that is found in many plants, animals and humans

Red kidney beans contain the toxin phytohaemagglutinin, which can cause severe nausea, vomiting, and even death. There haven't been any reported human cases of death by beans, but it took just two weeks for lab rats to keel over after consuming a diet of just one percent raw kidney beans.

3) Honey

Raw honey can contain spores of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is especially harmful to babies or children under the age of one. It may cause botulism poisoning, which results in life-threatening paralysis . However, botulism is very rare among healthy adults and older children.

3) Tomatoes

Tomatoes eaten raw might not be so healthy because our digestive tract can only process a tiny amount of lycopene, an antioxidant found abundantly in tomatoes. Antioxidants are dietary substances found in beta carotene, vitamins C and E and selenium.

4) Lime Beans

Raw lima beans contain a compound called linamarin, which turns into cyanide when consumed. Though you're likely not sitting around eating raw lima beans, it's important to keep them away from children and to make sure that, when you are cooking them, you're doing it properly.

5) Cashew nuts

Cashews have a relatively high oxalate content. When eaten in large quantities, this can lead to kidney damage and other chronic health problems. Raw cashews contain a substance called urushiol, which is also found in poison ivy and is toxic.

6) Flour

Flour doesn't look like a raw food, but typically, it is. This means it hasn't been treated to kill germs such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which causes food poisoning. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough

Eating a spoonful of raw dough or batter, especially if it is cookie dough, is hard to resist, but not only would you be at risk of getting a salmonella infection because of the raw egg, you might also be at risk due to the E. coli in flour.

7) Egg

Eggs are one of nature's most nutritious and economical foods. But it's important that you take care when handling and preparing fresh eggs and egg products. The inside of eggs that appear normal can contain a germ called Salmonella that can make you sick, especially if you eat raw or lightly cooked eggs.

8) Almonds

Bitter almonds naturally contain a toxin that that is harmful to your body — a compound that can cause poisoning and even death. For this reason, raw bitter almonds should not be eaten. Boiling, roasting, or microwaving bitter almonds may help reduce their toxin content and make them safer to eat.

9) Milk

Raw milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter, and others that cause foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.” These bacteria can seriously injure the health of anyone who drinks raw milk or eats products made from raw milk

10) Cassava

Cassava is a vegetable that is a staple ingredient of many diets worldwide. It is a good source of nutrients, but people should avoid eating it raw. Raw cassava contains cyanide, which is toxic to ingest, so it is vital to prepare it correctly.

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