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Beware of Toxic Veggies

Avoid these nine poisonous foods. (Image: Pixabay)
Avoid these nine poisonous foods. (Image: Pixabay)

Many people think all vegetables are healthy. However, under certain conditions, some actually carry harmful toxins that can have the opposite effect.

Here are the nine most toxic vegetables to look out for:

1. Rootless bean sprouts

Overuse of herbicide can make newly grown bean sprouts rootless. The herbicide itself is a toxic substance, which is cancerous, and can lead to deformation.

Rootless bean sprouts indicate the overuse of herbicide. (Image: NTDTV)

Rootless bean sprouts indicate the overuse of herbicide. (Image: NTD)

2. Rotten pak choy

Eating rotten pak choy can lead to deoxygenation, causing headache, dizziness, nausea, abdominal distention, cramps, coma, and even death.

Eating rotten pak choy can even make people die. (Image: NTDTV)

Eating rotten pak choy can even make people die. (Image: NTD)

3. Green tomato

Unripe green tomatos contains the toxic tomatine and solanine substances, which taste bitter, and can cause nausea — and vomiting, especially when eaten raw.

Only eat mature tomatoes. (Image: NTDTV)

Only eat mature tomatoes. (Image: NTD)

4. Fresh day lily

Dried day lily is common in Chinese dishes, but the fresh one is poisonous due to its colchicine content — which can dry up the larynx, cause stomach burn or even hematuria. To detoxify, wash it in hot water, soak in cold water for at least two hours, and change the water once.

Dried day lily is safer to eat than the fresh. (Image: NTDTV)

Dried day lily is safer to eat than when it is fresh. (Image: NTD)

5. Sprouted potato

When sprouted, the solanine content in potato increases and can cause food poisoning, which makes the potato unfit for consumption.

Sprouted potatoes are toxic. (Image: NTDTV)

Sprouted potatoes are toxic. (Image: NTD)

6. Rotten ginger

Rotten ginger contains strong toxin elements. A small amount can poison, and mutate liver cells.

Rotten ginger can cause damage on liver cells. (Image: NTDTV)

Rotten ginger can cause damage on liver cells. (Image: NTD)

7. Mildewed tea leaves

The mildew is caused by infection. Drinking contaminated tea can cause dizziness, diarrhea, and even vital organ failure.

Drinking tea made from mildewed tea leaves can sometimes cause organ failure. (Image: NTDTV)

Drinking tea made from mildewed tea leaves can sometimes cause organ failure. (Image: NTD)

8. Speckled yam

The unusual specks are due to mold infection, which can result in food poisoning.

Having speckled yam can lead to food poisoning. (Image: NTDTV)

Having speckled yam can lead to food poisoning. (Image: NTD)

9. Yellowed white fungus

The yellow color is caused by infection. Consumption can lead to dizziness, stomach aches, and diarrhea.

If white fungi turn yellow, they are likely to become bad and no longer eatable. (Image: NTDTV)

If the white fungi turns yellow, they are likely to have spoilt, and are no longer edible. (Image: NTD)

Translated research by Cecilia Kwan.

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