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are all foods edible raw
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: December 03, 2008 07:36PM

I am new to this, i just read a recipe that beets can be eaten raw, does that also include the leaves? Also, I didn't realize one could eat yams/sweet potatoe raw either. So with all this I realized I had really limited myself in what one can eat raw.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Any books for a beginner?

Its a beautiful day,
Bandit

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: Jgunn ()
Date: December 03, 2008 07:42PM

David Z Mason compiled a great list of edible raw fruits/veggies/nuts etc. you should check out

click on the link that says master list of raw foods
[www.rawfoodfarm.com]

no need to limit yourself smiling smiley

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: iLIVE ()
Date: December 03, 2008 08:06PM

i've never heard of a sweet potato or yam being edible raw; most yams are cooked where they derive from (tropics) by locals

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: Lee_123 ()
Date: December 03, 2008 08:09PM

Define "food."

smiling smiley

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: davidzanemason ()
Date: December 03, 2008 08:42PM

Yes. Beet leaves are fine. That's all Swiss Chard is anyway (rootless beet). You CAN eat raw potato or yam...but I would avoid this...as there are sometimes toxic compounds in green potato....and various roots can be hard to digest raw.

-You (generally) aren't going to get anything that could possibly hurt you (in reasonable quantities) in the produce section of your local megamart. Try things you might not have tried before like:

-carrot, radish or beet tops
-fresh sweet corn
-green beans or peas/pea pods
-Jicama
-Other veggies like: brussels sprouts, asparagus or cabbage

Note: There are very few (megamart) produce you can/should avoid. Much more care/training should be taken when eating wild plants. Here's the link for some extra info:

[en.wikipedia.org]

-David Z. Mason

WWW.RawFoodFarm.com

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: debbietook ()
Date: December 04, 2008 01:42AM

Hi Bandit

Warning on 'yams/sweet potatoes'.

In the UK sweet potatoes are the longish, red/pink root veg. They're definitely edible raw, but suggest you grate them. They taste really good.

There has been confusion because I believe that some people in the USA call the above vegetables yams.

What we call yams are quite different - and grey-coloured. These are most definitely toxic in their raw state (and for this reason I don't think should be eaten cooked either!). I once followed a David Wolfe suggestion for juicing a 'yam'. It tasted so unpleasant and gave me such unpleasant physical symptoms that I can only assume he meant the 'sweet potato' vegetable.

Beetroot - is OK juiced, but some beets can give a 'burning' feeling in the throat - that says they're too high in oxalic acid. Beet leaves - toxic, I believe.

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: debbietook ()
Date: December 04, 2008 01:43AM

BTW, further to my last post, I believe that no foods are 'better for us' cooked.

If a food can't be eaten raw it's not a suitable food for human beings.

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: flipperjan ()
Date: December 04, 2008 02:35AM

I sometimes finely grate sweet potato, butternut squash and carrot and mix them altogether. They taste nice but I don't fall on it with cries of glee like some foods. Just because it can be eaten raw doesn't mean that it's delightful.

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: Sundancer ()
Date: December 04, 2008 07:31AM

Beet leaves aren't toxic; I eat them all the time. They are strong, though, and very effective at detox (with all its symptoms).

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: Tamukha ()
Date: December 04, 2008 09:45AM

debbietook,

In the States, we have yams and sweet potatoes. The former is from Africa, the latter is from South America, and both are edible, though unpleasantly starchy, in their raw state. Interestingly, what you are referring to as a "grey-colored" yam sounds like the south Asian taro root, which is HIGHLY toxic in its raw state. The leaves of it, also. In the States, these are hard to find except in Philipino or Vietnamese groceries. The taro turns black when bruised, tastes like nothing, and is unbelievably slimy when cut. Unbelievably! It's used cooked and mashed the way we in the States and the UK use white potatoes. I wonder why they're more common in groceries in the UK? And why they're called yams? That's kind of dangerous!

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: meganbubbs ()
Date: December 04, 2008 10:34AM

The only thing I have ever come across is raw parsnips have a toxin that is broken down when cooked. The green under a potato skin has a toxin but you can get rid of it by peeling. (never tried raw potato though)

To incorporate veggie tops when I first tried them I would put them in a smoothie first to get warmed up to the taste.

Have fun & good luck!

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: December 04, 2008 12:04PM

Thank you everyone for your warm and wonderful informing replies. I shall check out the site. Very interesting twist on yam/sweet potatoes and beets/leaves so I think I shall start slowly and go with the list shared by David.

This is all foreign to my brain, eating brussel sprous and asparagus raw as they are my favorite vegi when cooked.

It seems from all the wonderful responses that eating vegi's raw, my palate will have flavor experiences very different from the cooked flavors.

Again, thank you everyone,
Bandit

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Re: are all foods edible raw
Posted by: iLIVE ()
Date: December 04, 2008 02:01PM

yams = tropical root vegetable, NOT sweet potato; though a part of the US refers to their sweet potatoes as "yams" because they are a special kind (only coming from that part of the US)

sweet potato = enlarged root of a vine, not a russet potato, not a yam, but a sweet potato


they do digest better when cooked, which is why early man cooked root vegetables - it's pretty much logical to do when dealing with something that you can't bite into and chew easily

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