It may sound counterintuitive to many but the world’s most healthy food items can prove deadly if eaten incorrectly. Even seemingly harmless jar of honey or mushrooms can be poisonous or deadly if not consumed carefully. So here we are with the list of 10 healthy foods that harm you and which can be bad for our body with deadly consequences if not eaten properly.
1 Meat, poultry, and seafood
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The protein in meat, fish or poultry change in their chemical compositions when they are charbroiled because of high temperatures. It’s always advisable to cook your meat in low heat to reduce potential heath damages. The logic behind this is that low temperature and gradual cooking reduces the carcinogen build up in your food. Marinating the meat and flipping it continuously is also a good way minimize the cancer prompting compounds.
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It’s not commonly known but honey contains a lot of toxins especially if they are unprocessed and raw. This is the reason why the pasteurization process of honey is crucial just like milk. Honey which is raw and unpasteurised can cause various hazards like vomiting, headaches and dizziness.
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Among foods that can harm you, we all know that elderberry is a flowering plant with numerous health benefits and is used in making jams, jellies, preserves and even wines and tea. However, what is not known by the people in general are the seeds and leaves of this same plant is highly toxic and poisonous. It contains deadly strains of glycoside which produces Cyanide! If the berries are strained properly its can be used. If the fruits are unripe while making jams, elderberries can cause nausea, headaches, induce coma or even Death! Luckily these toxic elements from the berries can be removed by cooking them thoroughly. Symptoms that you have elderberry poisoning are nauseas, vomiting and diarrhoea. Do not waste time and rush to the nearest hospital.
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Potatoes are also surprisingly among foods that can harm you. If potatoes are left in damp or too bright places they begin sprouting and once they do the smartest move is to throw them away and no, you cannot use it after cutting out the sprout as well. Why, because the potatoes get toxic and if you bake such a potato it can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, and abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal problems as well.
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If a person is allergic poison ivy, then munching on dry cashew which is hailed as healthiest snack in the world can cause dangerous heath issues for you. The “raw” cashew that you buy from the store are not exactly raw as they are steamed and processed which removes the toxin called urushiol which is also found in poison ivy. If while camping or hiking and you see raw cashew in the nature do not venture into eating it at all, because it can really cause health and digestive problems even if you are not allergic to poison ivy.
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Yet another world-famous dry fruit among foods that can harm you which is advised to be eaten as a healthy snack and is also a part of lot of desserts and, ice creams and mousse and cakes. Well there are 2 types of almonds, ones which are sweat and others which are a bit bitter. Now the bitter one has large amount of hydrogen cyanide which needless to say can cause serious problems in adults and fatal effects on kids.
The processed almonds which you get in stores are usually refined and have retracted the hydrogen cyanide elements from them, but as we had mentioned earlier if you’re out at woods and see a almond tree with its bounty do not get tempted and eat any as it could be your last almond on earth.
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Bread is another staple food item in many cultures especially as a breakfast item. The sliced white bread pieces have highly processed flour content and additives which makes it harmful for us. Eating a lot of white bread can cause obesity, diabetes and heart complications. Even whole grain wheat bread also contains a lot of preservatives, added sugar and salt content. The best option is to eat bread with sprouted grains in it because it’s easier to digest, and contains high degree of fibre, folate, protein and vitamin C.
8 Brazil nuts
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Usually Brazil nuts are recommended to us because of its high Selenium content which is good for us. But they can be cou9nted as foods that can harm you. This is because too much Selenium can be toxic for human body. An adult should have 50-70mgms of selenium while one single Brazil nut has 60-95mgms! Eating even 4-5 Brazil nuts can easily cross the recommended selenium threshold of the body causing intoxications. It can cause memory problems, fatigue, hair loss, and digestion problems.
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Even though milk offers vast health benefits because it contains, calcium, protein, minerals, sugar and vitamins. Drinking milk in a regulated amount is ok but overconsumption can lead to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Consuming too much calcium from milk can cause ovarian cancer and prostate cancer in men. So, discuss the amount of milk you should consume with your dietician which would depend upon your age, gender, physical activities as well.
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As foods that can harm you shellfish is usually recommended diet item for people even by doctors as they are rich source of protein, Omega 3 fatty acid, good fats and numerous other beneficial minerals such as manganese, zinc, iron, and copper. But the fact it’s a super difficult food too cook the chances of it being over or undercooked is very high which where the problem actually arises. Undercooked food contains bacterial etc which can cause infection moreover shellfish themselves are very sensitive and prone to yeast and bacterial infection which can cause food poisoning. Eat it only when it’s well-cooked and fresh.