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Attention! Be aware of toxic elements in plant-based foods

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Attention! Be aware of toxic elements in plant-based foods

There are many benefits of consuming vegetables, however, it is important to note that there are some plants that can produce compounds which are toxic to humans. Such compounds can be a natural breakdown product of the plant, while others are generated in response to stress.

Toxic agents in plants often play the role of plant defense, protecting it from environmental assaults, such as pests, herbivores and other threats, however, these substances can be toxic to humans, causing mild to severe reactions.

Some plant foods that can be toxic are:

Apple seeds

Perhaps one of the most popular fruits around the world, the apple provides carbohydrates, polyphenols, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, fibre, minerals like potassium and amino acids.

However its seeds contain carbohydrates of cyanogenic cyanide group that can produce hydrogen cyanide which is poisonous.

Symptoms of toxicity can occur only if there is an apple seed consumption in excess, i.e. eating an apple seed does not represent a health hazard . Some symptoms which have presented as a result of excessive apple seeds are digestive issues, stomach pain, vomiting, and also may lead to developing respiratory disorders.

Recommendation: Although the doses of apple seeds to cause poisoning is very high, it is recommended not to ingest them as a precautionary measure.

Raw eggplant

Composed mainly of water (up to 92%) eggplants are also a rich source of minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron, as well as vitamins A, B1 , B2, B3 and folate.

However, it also contains carbohydrates which have a cyanogenic defense function since they are metabolised by enzymes that produce hydrocyanic acid. So, eating raw eggplant without any preparation, may cause stomach upsets, diarrhea and vomiting due the aforementioned carbohydrates. It is recommend to cook, roast or otherwise prepare aubergine (eggplant) in a cooking process to neutralise its toxicity.

Nutmeg in large quantities

High in fibre, this kind of nut also contains vitamins such as A, C , E and Group B. It also contains sources of phosphorus, iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium and sodium.

Nutmeg contains a substance known as myristicin, a drug that affects the central nervous system and is found in small amounts in the essential oil of the spice. These compounds protect plants against insects.

Low doses of nutmeg are harmless, however a dose greater than 10 grams could lead to hallucinogenic effects that may persist for more than 24 hours.

If regularly consumed in excess, it can cause liver damage, dehydration, nausea, anxiety, generalised pain and even death.

Recommendation: Nutmeg should be used in small amounts, thereby it won’t have any toxic effects.

Green Potatoes

This nutritious tuber, whose main component is water and 18% starch has small amounts of protein, and also a source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It also provides vitamins like C, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin.

When green, potatoes contain a toxic compound called solanine, which has a slightly bitter taste which protects it from insects, herbivores and some pests. It also contains another toxic compound called chaconine. These substances can be generated, especially when the potato has been exposed to too much sun.

The main symptoms of green potato poisoning are gastrointestinal or abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness, which may also occur and typically begins 8-12 hours after consumption.

Recommendation: Cooking can help destroy these toxic substances in part, especially when fried. However, being cooked or boiled in the microwave may not be as effective in destroying toxic compounds, since high temperatures are required. Even so, the main recommendation would be to avoid choosing potatoes that are green, as it is a sign that may have high doses of solanine.

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6 Reviews about Attention! Be aware of toxic elements in plant-based foods
on 03/03/2016
I had no idea about the aubergine or green potatoes... But I suppose it's all relative really. In small doses, these are probably okay to eat and they will boost your body's immune system by introducing something a little bit weird that it isn't normally used to. I did happen to know about the apple seeds, but was not sure whether it was a myth or not... Interesting!
on 19/07/2014
whoa!! that is so strange! who would have ever thoguht that raw eggplant could do that! I supposed I've never eaten it raw...and I guess i never will. The green potatoes was good to know, and the apple seeds...I'm not sure you could possible eat that many raw apple seeds even if you tried. so I'll cross that off my list.
on 10/11/2013
I am not a huge consumer or eggplant, but I do have it sometimes, but I never figured out that this could be harmful to my body, and the fact of the apples is very new to me too, so I am very glad of learning something useful in my daily life and of course while cooking the many dishes I do
on 09/11/2013
Wow, I hope that the apple case is not very dangerous, because you can just give your kid an apple and she or he can ingest the seeds, maybe that is the cause of many stomach aches in the kids, we should take care about this, even when we eat apples, but still I hope this doesn't mean that apples are somekind of dangerous
on 27/10/2013
I totally agree with the previous person, I mean, talking about food it is really hard to believe that you could have an overdose os something, and even if that existed, maybe the poisoning could only cause an stomach ache or something mild like that, but this information is pretty important to know and share with our kids
on 14/10/2013
When there are cases of poisoning by eating food then it is probably because the person did not know the information about the foods that could cause harm to the body, but this is mainly because of the bad use as there are only few plants that really are a danger consumed in low and balanced proportion.

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