Some celebrities swear by a raw food diet, and it’s certainly true that consuming fresh veggies like carrots, broccoli, and cucumbers is way better than snacking on processed potato chips. But that doesn’t mean you should eat everything raw.
Certain foods need to be cooked to taste good, while others can be dangerous when they’re consumed raw. Keep this list handy the next time you’re prepping a salad or planning a raw food diet. These are the foods you should always cook before eating.
Lots of veggies taste delicious raw, but you’re unlikely to find slices of uncooked potato in your crudité tray. That’s because raw potatoes contain a toxic compound called solanine, which could make you very sick.
Most potatoes don’t have enough solanine to kill a human, but green potatoes or any that are starting to sprout have high solanine content, which can cause symptoms including stomach pain, headache, and paralysis. You should avoid green potatoes even when they’re cooked for this reason.
At the very least, consuming raw potatoes causes severe gas and bloating — and they don’t even taste good. Try roasting, mashing, boiling, or frying your potatoes for a delicious starch that won’t poison you.
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