4 foods you must avoid in Ramadan

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Abideen Muhammed

Every single day of our life, we chomp down a wide variety of food, and most don’t realize that some of those foods are considered the most poisonous in the entire world.

As a Muslim, we must pay attention to what we eat in Ramadan in order to keep a healthy lifestyle.

1. Cashew
Cashew shells carry anacardic acid which can cause burn your skin and cause an upset stomach. There’s also the fact that cashews must be boiled or roasted before you eat them. In their raw state, they have urushiol, a chemical that can cause poison ivy-like rashes — or worse, death depending on how much you consume.

2. Potatoes
Potatoes have both poisonous stems and leaves, but even so, potato poisoning is rare. Most potato-related deaths come from eating green potatoes, or drinking potato leaf tea.

3. Kidney Beans
Kidney beans contain high levels of phytohemagglutinin, making them toxic. Cooking the beans thoroughly gets rid of the poison, but eating even a few undercooked beans can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. The US FDA advise boiling for 30 minutes to completely breakdown the toxin. Canned kidney beans are pre-cooked and completed safe to eat from the tin, so put these in your chilli if you’re of a nervous disposition.

4. Elderberry
We love us some berries, but the elderberry plant, used in medicinal syrups, sodas, and liquors, can cause a severely upset stomach, so stay away from the stems and leave.

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