10 Foods You Should Never Eat Raw

Uncooked and green potatoes, which should never be eaten, can contain toxic compounds called glycoalkaloids that can aggravate the digestive system.

1. Potatoes

The stalks of the rhubarb plant are edible, but the leaves can actually be poisonous and may lead to difficulty breathing, burning of the mouth and throat, and even seizures

2. Rhubarb Leaves

Lima beans have a compound called linamarin, which breaks down into cyanide. Luckily, cooking the beans for just 10 to 20 minutes makes them completely harmless to eat.

3. Lima Beans

Just four or five of them can contain high levels of the toxin lectin, which can cause severe foodborne illness.

4. Red Kidney Beans

It is never safe to eat wild mushrooms, raw or cooked, without a trained expert.Most mushroom varieties that you'd find in a supermarket are safe to eat raw

5. Wild Mushrooms

It's probably no surprise to you that eggs shouldn't be eaten raw because of potential contamination from Salmonella bacteria.

6. Eggs

You should always pay attention to the footnotes on restaurant menus warning you against eating raw or undercooked meat and poultry

7. Beef, Pork, and Chicken

The raw root and its leaves contain a derivative of cyanide and should be baked or roasted for optimum taste and safety.

8. Cassava

Their raw form can be poisonous. It's best to thoroughly boil them before adding them to your favorite syrup or elixir.

9. Elderberries

Eggplant, before it's cooked, has the same glycoalkaloid compound as raw potatoes do, solanine, which isn't lethal, but it's still not ideal to eat raw.

10. Eggplant