10 foods eaten regularly in Jamaica that can cause you serious harm!

These food items are consumed on a daily basis by persons across Jamaica but many are oblivious to potential harms they can cause, some of which can be fatal.

You may be surprised to discover the potential dangers you make yourself susceptible to when you consume some of these foods.

Bear in mind that these foods are safe for consumption provided that excessive amounts are not consumed and they are prepared properly.

Check out our list below:

  
#10- Raw Eggs

dangers of eating raw eggsYes there are persons out there who actually eat eggs raw (great source of protein). Raw egg contains the protein Avidin which binds strongly with biotin( Vitamin B7) making it unavailable for use by the body.
So if you’re one of those protein thirsty fellas (gym fan) you may want to boil the egg, find an alternative or supplement with Biotin to make up for what is being lost.

Note: Avidin is denatured upon heating so don’t go throwing away those eggs now.


 

apple seeds are dangerous

#9- Apple/ Cherry

If you are a seed lover, these are two fruit seeds you don’t want to be eating. Their seeds both contain hydrogen cyanide (cyanide is bad) which can has adverse effects on us if the dose is right. Yes I know you’ve probably eaten these seeds before and you’re still alive, the answer for this is you didn’t eat enough, the more you intake the greater the risk.

The levels in cherries are higher than that in apples seeds but to be safe NO CHEWING or EATING these seeds.

 


 

lactose intolerance#8- Milk/Cheese/Dairy

That’s right milk and cheese is on our list. What is bun without a good slice of cheese at lunch time? or a ‘complete’ breakfast of milk and cornflakes(cereal) when you’re late for work or school and rushing out?

Here’s a fun fact for you about 75% of Jamaicans are lactose intolerant; meaning they will have adverse reaction to consuming it (Btw lactose is the main sugar in dairy). It’s even worse for Asians, between 90-100%. Let’s just face the facts these things are for babies, and Caucasians (White folk).

 


 

acrylamide toast bread toxic#7- Toast Bread

Acrylamide is formed when certain foods, carbohydrate and protein based, are heated. Acrylamide is linked to a number of cancers.

  

The longer the food is cooked the worse it is ( The darker the toast the more acrylamide)

Don’t worry there’s way more in french fries and potato chips but that wasn’t as surprising as toast.
Suggestions: Fresh bread maybe, or stick to light toast.

 


 

coffee can be dangerous#6- Coffee

Well we’ve all heard about caffeine and how it is is a stimulant so I wont spend long on this. Yes it keeps you up longer and makes you more alert but there are also negatives to consuming too much like anxiety, restlessness, dehydration to name a few.
Fact: Caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the world. To overdose on coffee however one has to consumer over 100 cups of coffee.
It is actually way higher in energy drinks(Red Bull, BOOO, Monter etc..)

                                                                   

cassava can be poisonous

#5- Cassava

Here’s another food that contains another cyanide compound (Linamarin). It is not harmful as is, but it becomes harmful when it is broken down in the body releasing cyanide.
The compound is very volatile therefore a simple methods such as draining and drying will remove almost all of it which makes safe for consumption.
So go ahead and eat that Bammy.

#4- Potatoeating potato can be dangerous

The only reason this is not number 1 is because potato poisoning is very rare. Consuming this tuber can in fact be fatal. Death by potato can be avoided by just observing.
Never, I repeat never eat a potato that has become green. It is an indication that the Solanine (glycoalkaloid) levels are high. Yes you guessed it Solanine is bad! It is fatal is small doses
For those who like to try new teas you do not want to make tea from the leaves of a potato. The levels in the leaves and stem are much higher than in the tuber because it is where the compound is produced.

#3- Ackeedangers of eating ackee

Again I will not spend too long on this. Jamaica is one of the very few places that eats this toxic fruit. Ackee contains Hypoglycin A which is toxic. The levels in the fruit are dangerous before the pod opens however is reduced significantly when the pod opens naturally.
Ackee is safe but if someone is impatient and/ hungry then they might get into some problems.
Note: Don’t ever eat the pod or Seed (Ripe or not),

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

dangers of fish

#2- Fish

For a country such as Jamaica surrounded by the water, fish is certainly in abundance. Some periods of the year eating certain fish may be a risky activity. They are not naturally toxic but they can carry ciguatoxin which are associated with coral reefs. The reason this is so high on the list is because this toxin is very toxic in low doses hence can be fatal.Main fish carriers: Baracuda, Parrot fish, Red Snapper, grouper, surgeonfish, sturgeon (Mainly Carnivorous and Omnivorous reef fish)

 


#1- Nutmegdangers of nutmeg

Gasps! Note this compiled list ranks  the foods not only by toxic effects only but I also considered popularity in Jamaica. The reason we don’t have countless reports of nutmeg poisoning is simply because it is used in small quantities to flavor food.
Consuming as little as a gram( 1tb spoon) of nutmeg can cause hallucinations convulsions, palpitations, nausea.
Fatal to some pets.It has nutritional benefits in small doses.

 

Written by Andrew Moore

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Di Stinga
7 years ago

Why u try to stop us from eating our Jamaican food

Original Critic
7 years ago

rubbish

Naomi Zuckerman
7 years ago

there is at least some misinformation here…..and most notably not on this list are the GMO rice and flour consumed daily, primarily in foods imported from the US….not to mention the chemical/synthetic additives found in the same imports from the US…..and the chemically loaded US apples …..re the toast bread….it would have to be charred to harm anyone and who eats burnt toast? there’s likely lots more acrylamide in the grilled foods so many eat…..and coffee? if one has 1-2 cups perday, there is nothing to fear……the chemicals used while growing it are a much greater threat than the small… Read more »

Marshalee Goodaz Thompson

I am a potato addict lol

Herbie Harris
7 years ago

Where does this information come from ? who eats ACKEE PODS ? ….GREEN POTATO ?….. and this LACTOSE INTOLERANT INFO ?….Guess its ok to have Burger King and KFC though. RUBBISH.

Janeen Johnson
7 years ago

whoever right this article need a rass lick. Go and do your research . These things are all good for you. What should we eat, Burger like Americans?

Theresa Stewart
7 years ago

Milk n eggs for babies?? really?? Not a chance.

Monique Dunkley
7 years ago

I am having these stuff so long I don’t think it can do any harm now at my od age

Dianne O'Keita
7 years ago

This is a ridiculous article. All these foods are safe for consumption in Jamaica and worldwide. Poisoning is only a threat if some are prepared incorrectly or consumed in excessive quantities. And, aside from ackee and nutmeg, no other food is specific to Jamaica (which makes the title of the article rather misleading! )

King Tubbies
7 years ago

bull shit

King Tubbies
7 years ago

bull shit

Thelma Lewismorris
7 years ago

NAT A TING GO SO, MI BARN AN GROW AJAMAICA mi drink nutmeg in a porridge ,sour sop carrot u name it. we eat ackee from mi eye deh a mi knee, even widout salt fish for we never have dat all the time.we no only eat the boil cassava but afta we meck the starch fe wear ie in a we clothes we eat the trash an callie BAMMY;as tocaafee omg mi have to pick it pukp it sometimes suck off the syrup then wash ie dry it parch it beat itin a morta then boil it in a… Read more »

Thelma Lewismorris
7 years ago

MI gOD AFTER WE NO HOG FI GOEAT APPLE SEED AN CHERRY SEED JA NO SO EXPERIMENTAL

Thelma Lewismorris
7 years ago

MI gOD AFTER WE NO HOG FI GOEAT APPLE SEED AN CHERRY SEED JA NO SO EXPERIMENTAL

Kemar Knight
7 years ago

I’ve learnt a lot though…i guess these foods kills us slowly. But its gonna be hard for some person to believe this

Thelma Lewismorris
7 years ago

brothers and sisters hear theconclusion of the whole matter any ting u eat can kill u depending on when and how u eat it and ure bodys tolerance to it 1 there s some thing call moderation and there is the advise to give thanks before u eat and if ueat[unknowingly] any deadly thing it shall not hurt u, e
dem soon say don’t drink water end of story

Klavzz Reid
7 years ago

The one thing in this I know to be correct is that nutmeg is a hallucinogen – But we dont have it in that amount to cause that effect

Maureen McLeod
7 years ago

Silly article

Roland A McDermott
7 years ago

di way I see it anyting u over use or eat is bad, an wi nuh eat seeds like dat, but fi di most part di ole time Jamaicans grew up on these, eat it almost everyday an dem live pass 90 some inna dem 100, si dem nuh wah wi fi eat an stay healthy

Roland A McDermott
7 years ago

di way I see it anyting u over use or eat is bad, an wi nuh eat seeds like dat, but fi di most part di ole time Jamaicans grew up on these, eat it almost everyday an dem live pass 90 some inna dem 100, si dem nuh wah wi fi eat an stay healthy

Gai Reynolds
6 years ago

What wonderful intuitive discoveries! Obviously Jamaicans are a special breed and we are immune to these toxins which are so rampant. Longevity runs rampant in Jamaica. Whoever writes this crap would be better served by counting the amount of Jamaicans over the age of 85 and making a story about that. For sure all the ones over 90 who are not carte blanche allergic to any of the food/fruit mentioned should have lots of illuminating tales to tell. Egg nog was a very popular drink back in the day and I can’t recall anyone using boiled eggs to make it.

Naomi Zuckerman
6 years ago

there is at least some misinformation here…..and most notably not on this list are the GMO rice and flour consumed daily, primarily in foods imported from the US….not to mention the chemical/synthetic additives found in the same imports from the US…..and the chemically loaded US apples …..re the toast bread….it would have to be charred to harm anyone and who eats burnt toast? there’s likely lots more acrylamide in the grilled foods so many eat…..and coffee? if one has 1-2 cups perday, there is nothing to fear……the chemicals used while growing it are a much greater threat than the small… Read more »

Gai Reynolds
6 years ago

What wonderful intuitive discoveries! Obviously Jamaicans are a special breed and we are immune to these toxins which are so rampant. Longevity runs rampant in Jamaica. Whoever writes this crap would be better served by counting the amount of Jamaicans over the age of 85 and making a story about that. For sure all the ones over 90 who are not carte blanche allergic to any of the food/fruit mentioned should have lots of illuminating tales to tell. Egg nog was a very popular drink back in the day and I can’t recall anyone using boiled eggs to make it.

Thelma Lewismorris
6 years ago

NAT A TING GO SO, MI BARN AN GROW AJAMAICA mi drink nutmeg in a porridge ,sour sop carrot u name it. we eat ackee from mi eye deh a mi knee, even widout salt fish for we never have dat all the time.we no only eat the boil cassava but afta we meck the starch fe wear ie in a we clothes we eat the trash an callie BAMMY;as tocaafee omg mi have to pick it pukp it sometimes suck off the syrup then wash ie dry it parch it beat itin a morta then boil it in a… Read more »

Di Stinga
6 years ago

Why u try to stop us from eating our Jamaican food

Monique Dunkley
6 years ago

I am having these stuff so long I don’t think it can do any harm now at my od age

Theresa Stewart
6 years ago

Milk n eggs for babies?? really?? Not a chance.

Roland A McDermott
6 years ago

di way I see it anyting u over use or eat is bad, an wi nuh eat seeds like dat, but fi di most part di ole time Jamaicans grew up on these, eat it almost everyday an dem live pass 90 some inna dem 100, si dem nuh wah wi fi eat an stay healthy

Thelma Lewismorris
6 years ago

brothers and sisters hear theconclusion of the whole matter any ting u eat can kill u depending on when and how u eat it and ure bodys tolerance to it 1 there s some thing call moderation and there is the advise to give thanks before u eat and if ueat[unknowingly] any deadly thing it shall not hurt u, e
dem soon say don’t drink water end of story

Klavzz Reid
6 years ago

The one thing in this I know to be correct is that nutmeg is a hallucinogen – But we dont have it in that amount to cause that effect

Kemar Knight
6 years ago

I’ve learnt a lot though…i guess these foods kills us slowly. But its gonna be hard for some person to believe this

Thelma Lewismorris
6 years ago

MI gOD AFTER WE NO HOG FI GOEAT APPLE SEED AN CHERRY SEED JA NO SO EXPERIMENTAL

Marshalee Goodaz Thompson

I am a potato addict lol

Martin Francis
6 years ago

The cherries mentioned here are not the ones grown in Jamaica. Those cherries being referred to have hard seed, hard like that of peaches, our cherry seeds are not hard. As a matter of fact many Jamaicans blend cherries with the seeds when making juice. Please be more specific when making these comments, don’t scare people like that

Tris Clarke
6 years ago

I appreciate that you are trying to help…..but you need to produce more facts….eg. the nutmeg , you need to have research carried out for me to believe all this.

Keng
Keng
6 months ago

I guess the Massi and Himba, amongst many other pastoral/herding peoples in Africa, didn’t get the message, Blacks/Africans were lactose intolerant.

Daneilia Wallace
6 months ago

This is rubbish how can fish cause you harm that’s protein which your body needs how you not eat apples?cherry aka fruits this article is Bullshit who ever wrote this article is stupid yall need to get yall’s facts right damn the disrespect our food are the safest to eat we don’t usually get food poisoning cause we grow or food the right way not like America where you can get salmonella and all that bull crap damn the audacity of this article and i’m sure every Jamaican feel disrespected when people talk bad about us and our food I… Read more »

Rain
1 month ago

Rubbish… you need to get your facts straight, most of what u mentioned is eaten across the the world, its not just a jamaican thing. So why ascribe it to jamaica.