Vegetables you shouldn’t eat raw

Ages ago, humans could pretty much eat anything that came to mind. That’s because our bodies had much stronger digestive systems which enabled us to chow down on just about anything. Our ancestors ate mostly raw food and cooked some others especially when fire was discovered.

Raw foodies maintain that cooking, baking or flying food affects how good it is for your body in terms of vitamins and minerals. However, some dangers outweigh the benefits of ingesting all food raw. There are exceptions to this and here are food items that you should avoid in their raw form:


This might seem like an easy and obvious one; but beans should always be cooked. The reason for this is that beans that have not been processed have high glycoprotein lectin levels. Ingesting glycoprotein lectin causes nausea, vomiting and even diarrhea in humans. Of course this all depends on how much of it you consume. The surprising thing is that as few as five kidney beans can make you sick, according to recently published data. Make sure your beans are cooked and soak them for five or more hours before adding them to the pan.


This herbaceous perennial vegetable is known to be poisonous because it contains oxalic acid. This is found in the leaves of the rhubarb. Oxalic acid can cause damage in your kidney, which could even lead to death. Everyone is highly discouraged to eat even a small amount of its leaves because of how detrimental the toxins are to one’s health.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Frankly, most people can eat cruciferous vegetables raw. In fact, they do! They’re a staple of most parties alongside ranch dips. However, certain people cannot eat them because cruciferous vegetables contain sugars that are super hard to digest. The reason we cook vegetables like cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables is because the process makes the sugars much more digestible. We should also note here that people with thyroid conditions should especially avoid raw cruciferous vegetables.


Potatoes contain high doses of a toxin called solanine. Besides making you feel bloated, raw potatoes also have anti-nutrients. It is important to note though that you can get rid of most of them by peeling the skin.

Although many vegetables are excellent for raw consumption, some are, as we covered, downright dangerous. Before making any drastic changes to your diet, you should do extensive research and consult raw food experts. You never know what kind of an effect even simple consumption of raw broccoli for instance can have on your body. Better safe than sorry!