8 Foods You Should NEVER Eat Raw!

What’s the grossest food you’ve ever eaten? One time when I was a kid, I was over at my grandparent’s house, and my grandfather made me eat moose! The actual animal. While it was pretty unpleasant, at least it was cooked properly. If it was raw, it could have been a much different story.

There are some foods that just don’t taste good when uncooked. Let’s talk about it. How bad are potatoes? How about wild mushrooms? Are raw hotdogs really that bad? We’re talking all that AND more…

1. Hotdogs

There’s sometimes nothing better than a hotdog fresh off the grill. If you’re a meat-lover that is. Just make sure that when you bite into the hotdog, it’s cooked. Eating raw hotdogs is terrible for you.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Aren’t hot dogs bad for you in general? Well, for the most part, yes. When you eat a hotdog, you haven’t exactly hit the nutrient jackpot. But a hotdog can be contaminated with a type of bacteria known as Listeria, which can only be killed when the dog is reheated.

What you need to do is heat the dog up until it is fully hot. If you’re unable to reheat the dog for any reason, throw it out. Better safe than sorry. Now it’s been said that because hotdogs come precooked, you can eat them right out of the package.

Due to this, many have come to believe the whole “don’t eat hotdogs raw” thing is a bunch of hype. Well, that’s actually a misconception that several health organizations have debunked. So DON’T believe it.

I know many of us have probably tried a raw hot dog just to see what it tasted like, but avoid it from here on out. You don’t want to get yourself sick. Besides, they just taste gross.

2. Milk

Wait, but how is milk raw? What does that mean exactly? No, I’m not talking about gross sour milk that’s been in your fridge longer than it should be. I mean milk fresh from a cow.

When milk is first extracted on a farm, it needs to go through a process like everything else. In this case, that process is pasteurization. Pasteurization is when foods, both packaged and non-packaged, are put through heat less than 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s done to rid the product of any harmful organisms. This way, you are making the milk safe to drink, while also extending its shelf life. If milk goes unpasteurized, the drinker can become exposed to harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. No joke! It’s happened in the past.

Between 1993 and 2012, there were over 127 outbreaks linked to raw milk products. This resulted in almost 2000 illnesses. These products include things like ice cream, cheese, and yogurt.

The harmful particles that come from raw milk can be especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems. This goes for sick people as well as the elderly. But how do we keep track of our milk?

Most of us consume something dairy-related every day. The problem is that unless the label tells you so, you don’t know for sure if it’s pasteurized. You have to put your faith in the dairy companies, which are actually fairly reliable. So you’re in luck.

3. Eggplant

Be honest, how often do you really have eggplant? Well if you happen to eat it on the regular, just know that it isn’t good to have raw. Munching on an uncooked eggplant can expose you to something called solanine. This is a toxin found in several foods that grow from the ground.

Solanine can be poisonous. You need to be particularly careful with eggplants that were harvested earlier than usual. These are the ones most likely to hold solanine. But other than that, you would have to eat quite a bit of raw eggplant in order to become poisoned.

On top of the toxins, you can also experience an allergic reaction from the eggplant. So just make sure you have no allergies to them before consuming them.

4. Wild Mushrooms

Sure mushrooms have a ton of fantastic health benefits. They fight against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. But eating them fresh after plucking is bad news for your health. They need to be heated in order to work.

When mushrooms are properly heated, they are able to release all of their nutrients. When they are consumed raw, you have a higher chance of being infected with agaritine.

Agaritine is a toxin found in mushrooms. It is known to have carcinogenic effects, increasing your risk of cancer. In a study done all the way back in the ’90s, rats were exposed to agaratine. It turns out that their bladders were damaged by carcinogens.

To make things worse, further research showed that the rats’ cells had mutated, increasing their chances of cancer. So do yourself a favor and avoid uncooked wild mushrooms.

Aside from the toxins, uncooked mushrooms are really difficult to digest. Good luck to your stomach. Before we continue, are you looking to change your diet around? Then you should definitely avoid these foods…

5. Potatoes

People love potatoes. Just our french fry consumption alone says so. The thing is that potatoes need to be cooked in order to get the benefits. Not to mention enjoy the taste a whole lot more.

Eating potatoes raw does damage your gastrointestinal tract. These are the organs that help your body digest food. As a result, the potatoes will cause you to bloat big time.

This is all thanks to the potato’s starches. They can’t be digested because they haven’t been properly cooked. And that’s not all. If you’re going to have uncooked potatoes lying around, you need to make sure they’re dry. Remember solanine from a moment ago?

Well if raw potatoes become wet and are left sitting, they can turn green. It is here solanine develops. At this point, you may as well throw the potatoes out. Eating a green spotted potato can only leave you sick from food poisoning. Just have some patience and heat up your potatoes.

You’ll be saving yourself a ton of time in the bathroom. What? Just saying?

6. Bitter Almonds

It’s great to eat an almond from time to time. You often find yourself reaching for more. Regular almonds come in two varieties, sweet and bitter. While both are possible to eat, you do NOT want to have bitter almonds raw. But why?

The short answer, they can be deadly. Raw, bitter almonds contain something called prussic acid. This is a combination of hydrogen cyanide and water. It creates a poison known as cyanide. Man oh man, are the symptoms terrifying.

People who have eaten bad bitter almonds are known to have trouble breathing. Your immune system can also shut down.

According to studies, eating less than 50 raw bitter almonds can kill a fully grown adult. Keep in mind that raw bitter almonds are kind of hard to come by. Unrefined nuts are illegal to sell in the United States.

To avoid these troubles, all you need to do is cook your bitter almonds. They lose their toxicity this way. Unfortunately, bitter almonds aren’t the only foods with this cyanogenic effect. Here’s another.

7. Lima Beans

I love me some lima beans! The only problem is they need to be cooked. When lima beans are eaten raw, they too will release hydrogen cyanide. This can put your life at risk.

The good thing is that lima beans in the United States are required to have low cyanide levels. So the chances of getting poisoned are quite low, to begin with. But just to be on the safe side, take my advice and cook those lima beans.

It only takes about 10 minutes. Not to mention, they’ll taste better. Come to think of it, who eats lima beans raw anyway?

8. Kidney Beans

We don’t mean to start a trend here, but kidney beans also shouldn’t be eaten raw. When cooked, kidney beans are really healthy. They can help you lose weight, control your blood pressure and fight against cancer development. But when you eat kidney beans raw, you can hurt your stomach.

Uncooked kidney beans release toxins into your system. These toxins stir up trouble in your gastrointestinal tract. As a result, you can experience food poisoning.

Eating just 4-5 uncooked kidney beans can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This happens between 1-3 hours after digestion. But as usual, cooking these beans can kill off the toxins.

Kidney beans are among the most delicious beans you could ever cook. Don’t lose out by being lazy and eating them raw.

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