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7 Foods You Should Not Eat Raw

Don’t get complacent of the benefits raw foods have to offer, as not all of them are best for your health when eaten raw.

Exercise & Fitness By Himanshu Sharma / Dec 12, 2014

Raw Foods

The popularity of raw vegan diet is ever increasing with many celebrities following or endorsing it in some way. The diet deems cooking to be unnatural and unhealthy, boasting benefits such as more energy, less calories and better skin. Don’t get complacent of the benefits raw foods have to offer, as not all of them are best for your health when eaten raw. There are certain fruits and vegetables that need to be cooked to kill potentially harmful bacteria they contain. According to the American Heart Association, the healthiest cooking methods are poaching, steaming, stir-frying, grilling or roasting vegetables. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts can be consumed in raw form and have a considerable scientific evidence supporting them. However, these foods can cause stomach problems such as gas and bloating owing to difficult-to-digest sugars found in them. Once cooked, these sugars are quite easy to digest. Moreover, those with thyroid conditions should also avoid raw cruciferous vegetables as they contain thyroid inhibitors that worsen thyroid conditions. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


There are plenty of reasons why you should consider adding green beans to your diet chart. They could, however, be unhealthy when eaten raw. Beans have glycoprotein lectin in high amounts, a toxin that can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea within three hours of consumption. The symptoms can get worse when the amount of the toxin ingested is more. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as few as five raw kidney beans can result in illnesses. The next time you buy beans, consider fully cooking them (until they are soft). (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Raw Eggs

Raw eggs are safe and nourishing if they come from the right source. It is better not to consume them in raw form when you are unsure about the source. You can down raw eggs on a daily basis, but ensure that source has done checks of ‘no salmonella’. Salmonella infects about one out of every 30,000 eggs. To make raw egg safer for consumption, wash your pastured eggs with soapy water before consuming them. If there is any salmonella present, it is most likely on the shell. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Potato is one of the best comfort foods, which can be consumed in many ways such as mashed, baked and roasted. Raw potato isn’t great for your health. According to a study at the Utah State University, raw potatoes can have a high concentration of a dangerous toxin known as solanine as well as a few anti-nutrients. Most of the anti-nutrients are removed in the process of peeling but they aren’t eliminated fully. Furthermore, the uncooked starch in potatoes can result in digestive problems such as gas and bloating. It is best to steam, saute or otherwise cook potatoes for the most nutritional benefit and lower the risk. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world, and without a doubt the most consumed meat. Between the processing plant or poultry farm and the supermarket, it can pick up lots of nasty little bugs that can send you to the hospital. It is recommended that all of chicken foods must be cooked to at least 165 degrees to get rid of bugs and harmful microbes. If you are worried thinking that washing chicken before cooking will drain nutrients, don’t wash it. The bacteria will be killed during cooking. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


Pork is one of the best sources of protein in a healthy diet and provides you with vitamins and minerals as well. It doesn’t need heavy cooking but you have to cook pork to a medium point. Consuming pork in raw form is unhealthy because it has the potential to carry bugs such as trichinosis, a roundworm and pork tapeworm. These bugs can transmit to you if the meat is eaten undercooked and there can be complications. The methods of handling meat have improved significantly but it’s still risky. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Red Kidney Beans

Red kidney beans can help your health in several ways; they can slow down the ageing process, benefit your heart health, keeping blood glucose in controlled levels and weight maintainace. If consumed in raw form, they can cause various complications owing to the presence of natural toxin called lectin.. These can’t be easily digestible so you may have an upset stomach and can make you nauseous. In some cases, it may make you vomit. When you have to consume red kidney beans, soak the beans in water in advance for at least five hours before cooking. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


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