This cliche is one that we frequently hear from our parents, professors, and doctors. Eating fruits and vegetables is one of the best and most recommended ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle since, first and foremost, they are low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals.
Fruits and vegetables, like Janus, have two faces; they can either be a friend or a foe, a healer or a murderer.
Fruits and Vegetables that can either heal or kill you:
Apple – Indeed, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctors away’ but there should be a revision for that phrase and that should be ‘a seedless apple a day keeps the doctors away.’ This is because the seeds of the apple contains a chemical substance called cyanogenic glycosides that produces cyanide. This cyanide when carried in the body will obviously damage the bodily systems and in the worst cases will even result to death.
If you consumed seeds from one apple, don’t worry for your body can still manage the toxic. Bit if you consumed so much apple seeds, then be prepared to be rushed either in the hospital or in the cemetery.
Potatoes – really possess a bunch of health benefits that can be used by our body but they can also be dangerous in one way or another. In the Working Group’s Dirty List, potato is ranked as one of the vegetables which registers the highest pesticide levels which will in in turn harm the nervous system and most especially the liver one of the hardest working organs of the body.
In addition, potato is also a member of the nightshade family which is known to contain higher levels of alkaloids which causes muscle dysfunction, joint problems and digestive upsets and heal.
Corn – can be found everywhere in the popcorns, hotdogs, canned goods, BBQ sauce, cereals, syrups, etc. making this as a staple food. But corn has also problems that we have to consider. For recent years, corns have become subjects for various genetic modification. The problem with this is that when new genes are added to the corn, new proteins are being introduced to our body resulting in major sensitivities, hormonal changes and disruptions in the digestive tract. This is because our body cannot easily recognize and accept those newly introduced proteins.
Moreover, corns have been used in feeding cows to fatten them up and create a ‘nice marbling’ effect in the meat. The very same thing will happen to you. If you really want to eat corns, then make sure that your corns are organic.
Bell Peppers – Many people all over the world suffers heart disease, cancer and diabetes, making these three the A-listers when it comes to mortality rate. Various reasons have been assumed to be the factors why those three are widespread to many people such as the prevalence of stress and refined foods. However, one of the reasons for such is the intake of plants belonging to nightshade family and one of those plants is bell pepper.
Like all nightshades, bell peppers contain alkaloid solanine which disturbs nerve functions and often leads to twitching, convulsing and trembling also affects the joint health making this not advisable for people with arthritis, osteoarthritis and joint issues. Bell pepper is also included in the Working Group’s Dirty List.
Eggplant – This purple veggie is also a member of the nightshade family but eggplant is different compared to the other nightshades because this registers the highest levels of alkaloid solanine making this veggie not advisable for people suffering from chronic inflammation and joint problems.
This plant also contains oxalates one of the major factors for kidney stones that’s why it’s not advisable for people with kidney stones and gallbladder disturbances for this may aggravate the condition.
Conventional Spinach – Although conventional spinach or non-organic spinach is fully-loaded with vitamin A and K and displays anti-cancer properties, this vegetable has high levels of pesticides.
According to USDA Pesticide Data Program, spinach contains more than 48 pesticides residues thus, making someone who consumes this vegetable in risk of carcinogens, hormone disruptions and neurotoxins.
Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes is very known for its high lycopene content which prevents someone from acquiring prostate cancer and osteoporosis. However, cherry tomatoes increases the inflammation within the body especially in joints.
In an investigation done by USDA, it was discovered that cherry tomatoes contain 35 pesticide residues and it is also included in the Working Group’s Dirty List.
Cucumber – Cucumber can be very refreshing to the body but you will not be feeling refreshed if you will know the fact that cucumber inhibit 35 pesticide residues and is also among the dirty list.
This plant contains synthetic wax made up of different chemical contaminants which may result in hormone disruptions and system imbalances.
Celeries – This fiberous antiinflammatory vegetable may be nutritious and beneficial but in some cases, they can be toxic. This veggie is also part of the Dirty List and according to USDA, this contains about 68 pesticide residues that disrupts the hormones in the body.
If you really want to grab a celery bite, then make sure that it is organic and free from harmful chemicals.
Conventional Kale – Kale is regarded as one of the most nutritious vegetables of all. This superfood displays tremendous healing properties and can make the body more healthy as well as more active. Unfortunately, kale is also in the Dirty List and according to Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, it is contaminated with organophosphate insecticides which are extremely toxic to nervous system.
Aside from that, it is also goitrogenic– meaning, it causes goiters most especially to those people with unhealthy thyroids. And lastly, it is also high in oxalate supply which will put your kidneys in bad situation.
Squash – Filled with great minerals, fiber and vitamins these are the descriptions for squash but the disgusting part is, again it is part of the Dirty List. Just like Kale, squash is contaminated with organophosphate insecticides which disturbs the bodily processes and may cause inflammation to vit organs.
Moreover, according to USDA, squash was found out to have 41 pesticide residues and is also abundant in kidney-destroying oxalates.
Lima Beans – This yummy beans have to be very-well cooked and never be put to salads raw because it contains limarin that is oftentimes regarded as toxic. If these beans are cooked carefully, they can have lots of health benefits.
If not, a handful of these beans can make you fatally ill.
Cassava – Cassava is hailed as the third most consumed food in the world but just like Lima beans, if not carefully prepared, they can be dangerous. This happens because cassava has their innate cyanide supply that is obviously toxic. There are two types of cassava, the sweet and the bitter. The bitter one contains more cyanide compared to the sweet one that’s why farmers prefer bitter cassavas because pests don’t dare to eat it.
Don’t underestimate the dangerous side of cassava for one pound of bitter unprocessed cassava can kill a cow and can also kill a human.
Nutmegs – Nutmegs contain myristicine which is psychoactive or can affect the psychological state of a person.
Too much intake of nutmegs will immediately result to vomiting, sweating, dizziness, hallucinations and a series of headaches.
Kidney Beans – from the word itself is very beneficial for the kidneys but sadly, this kind of bean contain a toxin known as phytohaemagglutunin which can make somebody sick and in some cases, it can even result to death.
To make kidney beans edible for eating, a very careful preparation must be done but to make it sure, just patronize kidney beans that are put into cans.
Cherries – Just like apricots, peaches and plums, cherries do really possess cyanogenic glycosides which produce cyanide in the pits. If you swallow a pit or two, this may not leave a visible effect to your health but if you take large amounts, that could be fatal and it is even more fatal if you chewed it.
Every year, many people die from consuming too many pits. Don’t let your self become another figure in the statistic.