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.
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
Yes 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.
#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.
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 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.
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..)
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.
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.
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),
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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