Fruits and Veggies To Die For, Literally
Posted On Jun 02, 2016
It is a tale as old as time, eat your fruits and veggies, they’re good for you; I completely agree. However, there are certain fruits and vegetables that can be very toxic to our health if not prepared or eaten correctly.
- Lima Beans
Lima beans should NEVER EVER be consumed raw. These little guys contain limarin, which can make you very ill with just a handful of raw lima beans. Cook the beans for at least ten minutes and you are good to go!
This fragrance-rich spice contains myristicin, which is a psychoactive that causes vomiting, sweating, dizziness, hallucinations, and headaches. However, the amount normally used in your Starbucks latte or holiday recipes is not enough to produce any symptoms.
- Kidney Beans
Kidney beans contain the toxin phytohaemagglutinin, which causes extreme illness and in some rare causes, has killed. To prevent meeting your end by a spoonful of kidney beans, you MUST boil them for ten minutes before you proceed cooking them more. NEVER add kidney beans to foods, chili, or stew without boiling them first.
The leaves and vines of tomato plants contain alkaloid poisons such as atropine, which can cause dizziness, headaches, and upset tummies. However, generally the amount is too small to cause any harm, but do refuse any tea made from the tomato leaves, opt for a Bloody Mary instead.
- Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, and Plums
The toxin cyanide is found in the pits of these fruits. However, swallowing a pit or two won’t have much effect, but it is more dangerous if you chew the pits. Keep away from children who are more vulnerable to consuming these toxin-filled pits.
The stalks of Rhubarb are perfectly edible, but steer clear of the leaves. The leaves are laced with oxalic acid salts that can cause kidney problems, coma, and convulsions.
Potatoes are delicious and perfectly safe unless they have turned green on the skins or are sprouting. Furthermore, solanine, a glycoalkaloid poison, develops with exposure to light; hence, potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but too many apple seeds will land you at the doctor’s office. These seeds contain cyanide and while one apple will not likely cause any effect, there have been cases where enough has been eaten to die from it.
This is not an excuse to write off fruits and veggies, rather, it is a wakeup call to be more aware of the preparation of our foods.