9 Foods You Should Never Eat Raw

Some things you just have to cook

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Long, long ago, humans were capable of eating lots of things raw. Now, not so much. We’ve rounded up nine foods that you really need to cook before eating.

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The earliest humans had a specialized organ whose chief purpose was to help digest cellulose (among other things): the appendix. Now that it’s vestigial, certain foods that are very high in cellulose, like kale spines, need to be removed and aren’t edible at all. But there are a host of reasons why some foods need to be cooked before eating, and the fact that they can’t be digested is just one of them.  

The most obvious food that needs to be cooked is meat. Aside from it being difficult for our stomachs to process a big slab of raw meat, it can also be full of parasites and bacteria that can kill, like salmonella. Other foods contain poisons that need to be cooked off. Also, don’t forget that these foods tend to taste pretty bad.

Some of these foods might surprise you: yucca, also known as cassava, doesn’t just taste bad raw; it can also send you to the hospital if eaten uncooked. Others, like chicken, aren’t that surprising at all, but still good to know about. So read on to learn about nine foods that you shouldn’t eat raw, and why. 

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ISDAMan's picture

BS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cellulose metabolization requires a specific enzymatic protein chain that humans do not produce or posses. There is no special organ needed to do the job! Neither has there ever been. The funny thing is, whenever scientists find ancient human poo, it always turns out that theirs was the same basic stuff as ours. They ate different foods but, the production of the poo was the same. Ancient poo contains no trace evidence of humans ever digesting cellulose. Furthermore, your forwarding of the idea that the body contains and supports vestigial systems only shows that you are lazy and ignorant. Be an effective writer and do your research. You Suck Dan Myers!


Apple seeds contain amygdalyn. Degrades to cyanide when metabolized. The following also have some dangerous contents: cherries, plums, almonds, peaches, apricots, and crabapples. Members of the rose family. There are others.


You are so wrong about the fruit pits and seeds. They may have cancer prevention properties that have been supressed by main stream medicine forever.

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