There are certain foods, like mushrooms, that can be very dangerous for our health. But if eaten incorrectly, even some of the healthiest foods, like honey, can have a deadly effect on our health.
We at Enlighten made a list of 10 healthy foods that can be hazardous for our health if we’re not extra careful.
1. Meat, poultry, and seafood
When you’re charbroiling meat, poultry, or seafood, the high temperature makes the proteins in the meat change and become dangerous for your health. To avoid any health risks, you should cook your meat at a lower temperature.
This way, the low temperature will reduce carcinogen build-up in your food. You should also consider marinating the meat and flipping it frequently. This can help minimize cancer-promoting compounds.
You may not know it, but honey contains a lot of toxins. After being collected, honey goes through a pasteurization process to eliminate these toxins. However, eating unpasteurized honey can be very dangerous for your health.
Just a single teaspoon of unpasteurized honey or honey that wasn’t properly pasteurized can cause headaches, dizziness, and vomiting.
Elderberry is a flowering plant that has numerous health benefits and is pretty commonly used in jams, wines, and teas. However, what you didn’t know about the elderberry plant is that its seeds and leaves are known to be poisonous and contain deadly concentrations of glycoside, a compound which produces cyanide.
If they’re not strained properly or if they’re unripe when making jam or wine, elderberries can cause nausea, induce a coma, and even cause death. Luckily, toxic substances found in elderberries can be effectively removed by cooking them. Symptoms of eating uncooked elderberries include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If potatoes are left in poor conditions, like damp or bright spaces, or if they sit out for too long, they might turn green and begin to sprout. If the potatoes do turn green and sprout, it’s highly recommended that you throw these potatoes away, even if you cut off the sprouts.
These potatoes may contain a poison that can lead to gastrointestinal problems like vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
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Consuming raw cashews can have a deadly impact on our health, especially to those of us who are allergic to poison ivy. We know that raw cashews can be found at the store, but the truth is, they aren’t actually raw. They’re steamed in order to remove a chemical called urushiol which can also be found in poison ivy.
If you by any chance happen to see raw cashews out in nature, don’t even think about eating them. Even if you aren’t sensitive to poison ivy, eating as little as a handful of raw cashews can seriously damage your health.
There are 2 different kinds of almonds: sweet and bitter. The bitter almonds are said to contain relatively large amounts of hydrogen cyanide and eating just 5 to 10 raw, bitter almonds can cause problems for adults and could have fatal consequences in children.
However, processed bitter almonds can still be safe to eat as long as all the hydrogen cyanide is extracted during the refining process. But if you’re out in the woods and spot an almond tree, don’t run the risk of eating its nuts.