The food you should never eat raw

written by Adete Roshni January 11, 2019

There are plenty of foods which are best eaten when raw since they lose their nutrients after cooking. Contrary there are some foods which should be eaten only after cooking. Cooking may kill harmful bacteria and release nutrients.Before adding those colorful rich-nutrients into your plate, make sure you know whether to eat it raw or cooked. Some food requires cooking to kill bacteria so to provide you with excellent health benefits. Cooking preserves nutrients and antioxidants and improves their capacity. Whereas raw food could upset your digestion, you would chew it quickly, but that cold, hard food will create a problem with your digestion.

Here is the list of some food which you should never, ever eat raw:


Potato is versatile, popular vegetable and almost favorite of every continent. Whether it is America, Spain, Italy or South Asia, everybody loves potatoes. You can cook it whatever way you like, you can saute it, fry it, roast it but you can’t eat it raw.

One of the biggest reason it grows under the soil and comes in contact with toxic substances which makes it harmful to eat raw. another reason is it has high starch content which could create a problem in digestion it can cause bloating, gastrointestinal effects.

You may have noticed green potatoes; they turn green if they stay for a long
time in the warm and damp area that green color is toxic called Solanine which could cause you food poisoning.

Kidney Beans

Red kidney beans contain a protein called lectins, in kidney beans, it is known as phytohemagglutinin (harmful at high doses). It is not like only red kidney bean contain this protein, but other beans also contain phytohemagglutinin, but red kidney beans contain them in the highest concentration. Eating red kidney beans in a wrong way could prove harmful for your health.

Raw kidney beans can cause gastrointestinal problems like nausea and vomiting or food poisoning, the more it gets eaten, the more intense symptoms will be.

The best solution for this is to follow these steps while cooking red kidney beans Soak, Drain, and then Cook. Soak kidney beans for at least 5-6 hours, drain and raisin it and boil it for at least 30 minutes on the stove.


I know you did expect milk in this list but yeah it is true, Raw milk can be dangerous for your health. Since raw milk comes from cow, goat or sheep without being pasteurized which contain harmful bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella.

Next time when you buy milk to make sure it is pasteurized since raw milk is 100 times more likely to cause foodborne illnesses than other dairy products like butter, cheese or cream.


Mushroom is generally raw eaten food which could be tough to digest. Cooking breakdowns the harmful compounds in mushrooms and leaves it with all goodness.

Mushrooms’ cell walls are not similar to other fruits and vegetable cell walls. Cooking breaks that tough cell wall (which makes it unhealthy raw food), so our bodies can handle processing the tough fungal cells. And releases all the nutrients which are protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Bitter Almonds

The almond which you eat every day is called “sweet almond” which are rich in nutrients and excellent for health. Bitter almond is not their opposite, but they are the close cousins of sweet almond which contains hydrocyanic acid which is an evil combination of hydrogen cyanide and water.

Hydrogen cyanide poisoning includes symptoms like dizziness, headache, vomiting, and convulsions, depending upon the consumption.

You might not believe it, but it would take only 70 raw bitter almond to kill a young adult now you can imagine how deadly it is if eaten raw.

Blanching and Roasting destroy the hydrogen cyanide present in the bitter almond.


Spinach is a green leafy vegetable, which grows in the wild and may contain bugs and bacteria that could be very harmful to the body. I’m sure you don’t want to eat those bugs and bacterias along with your food. So, it is always good to boil and sauté it rather than eating it raw in salads or with any other food.

Moreover, it is said that cooking spinach may enhance its antioxidant content making it healthier to consume.


Tomato has a rich amount of lycopene, which helps in making tomato red and contains antioxidant properties too. Cooking tomatoes boost the power of this antioxidant, even more, that is why it is suggested to eat tomatoes after cooking only.

Raw tomatoes won’t be as beneficial to you that as the cooked ones. The human digestive system isn’t able to release the majority of lycopene from raw tomatoes.

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