Many cuisines around the world are notable for their signature dishes, some of which are served raw. Such were these dishes’ popularity that a lot of people deferred from eating cooked food, instead opting for a rawer diet.
Nevertheless, you should know that not all foods can be eaten raw. In fact, doing so can sometimes be dangerous for your health, leaving you sick and dependent on medicines for headache and fever. But if you still plan to stick with your raw diet list, then you might as well keep in mind to remove the following foods below.
Potatoes contain a poisonous substance called solanine which can cause headaches, diarrhea, stomach pain, and dizziness. In severe cases symptoms of hallucinations, paralysis and jaundice have also been observed. And in rarer circumstances, it can even lead to death! Cooking helps remove this substance from potatoes, and it can also get rid of the starch in it, which could leave you bloated and flatulent.
Raw kidney beans are also quite bad for your health since they contain phytohemagglutinin, a lectine that causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. And although these symptoms are short-lived (you need not even go to the hospital as within four to five hours you will be perfectly alright), eating these beans raw is still risky. So before eating your kidney beans, please cook them to avoid these three unpleasant effects.
(Trivia: A spoonful of boiled kidney beans is one of the ingredients found in Halo-halo, a delicious Philippine dessert.)
Who in their right mind would eat chicken raw, when they can have it cooked? But just so we’re clear, it’s never safe or enjoyable to eat raw chicken. Not only is it still bloody and rubbery, but it’s also loaded with tons of bacteria, one of which is Salmonella, a cause of stomach cramps, nausea, chills and fever. Cooking helps eradicate Salmonella and other bacteria, and it also gives the chicken that delicious texture and aroma that makes it so mouth-watering.
(Note: Eating other types of raw poultry like ducks and turkeys is also equally dangerous to your health.)
Consumption of raw pork can infect you with trichinosis or pork tapeworm, a parasite that will lodge itself inside your small intestines and remain there for years. Initial symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and you’ll experience muscle pain, fever and pink eye later on. If you suspect you have contracted trichinosis, please see a doctor immediately.
Cassava, when eaten raw or prepared improperly, can be quite poisonous. Raw cassava has linamarin, a chemical which can transform into cyanide once consumed by humans. Cyanide is a lethal compound known for causing speedy deaths. When cooked and processed properly, however, this substance can be removed from the cassava, leaving it a delicious treat for many to enjoy.
These five foods make excellent ingredients for a variety of delicious dishes. But uncooked, they can be dangerous to your health! So don’t eat them raw or undercooked—ever!