What Not to Eat on a Raw Food Diet
by Bill Boor
sprouted, kidney beans should not be eaten raw. This is because they contain a
chemical, phytohaemagglutinin, which can be toxic. Poisoning can result from eating
as few as five beans, and symptoms will show within three hours and included
nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Hospitalization is rarely needed, unless a very large
quantity of raw kidney beans has been eaten.

2. Buckwheat Greens. Interestingly, these are toxic primarily to fair skinned
individuals. Buckwheat greens contain the chemical component fagopyrin, which can
cause extreme photosensitivity and other skin problems in fair skinned individuals.

3. Cassava Flour. Raw cassava flour can be toxic, especially when eaten in large
quantities. Tapioca is one common food made from cassava flour, and should always
be eaten cooked.

4. Raw Meat. Although some raw food advocates argue that raw meat can be
safely incorporated into one's diet when you know the source is safe, caution should
be used as raw meet can contain a variety of different harmful bacteria, parasites
and even viruses. It is for this reason that many of those on a raw foods diet eat a
primarily raw vegan diet (no animal products).

5. Raw Parsnips. Unfortunately, parsnips are one of the few vegetables that are
best eaten cooked. This is because raw parsnips contain furanocoumarin chemical
compounds. The juice of raw parsnip plants (especially wild parsnips) can cause
allergic skin reactions, and also affect the effectiveness of certain pharmaceutical
drugs.


About The Author

Bill Boor

To learn more about what to eat and not to eat on a raw foods diet, checkout these
recommendations and these .
There are many benefits to eating
raw, but doing so needs to be done
carefully as well as not all foods are
suitable for raw eating. If you are
considering a raw foods diet, or are
already on one, here are some foods
you should certainly avoid or think
twice about before eating them raw.
This list is not comprehensive, and
readers are encouraged to learn
more about what to eat - and what
not to eat - on a raw food diet if they
are new to raw foodism using the
resources listed below.

1. Kidney Beans. Even when
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