Are Herbs Like Basil and Cilantro Toxic?
What about the toxic properties of certain herbs? Technically, one could not make a meal of basil or oregano, two of the most popular ones I use, and notice you include in your recipes? Aren't certain properties of these herbs toxic to the body? Andrew's Answer:
Technically speaking, any food you put in your body has some toxic load. Whole, raw fruits and vegetables are ideal because they introduce the least amount of toxins into your system.
I do use common whole, fresh, raw herbs such as basil, oregano, thyme, cilantro, and many others in my recipes. For instance, many of my popular salad dressings from Savory Raw Dressings and Sauces
I'm not aware of any particular toxic property in the herbs I'm describing beyond the usual amount found in similar leafy green vegetables such as lettuce.
However, some things labeled as herbs and spices could be considered toxic. Cinnamon
, for instance, is a food I don't consider ideal, but which many health-conscious raw foodists will eat without qualm.
At the end of the day it comes down to personal discretion, but I'm not aware of any compelling reason to avoid herbs.
If you have some particular concern I'd like to hear it. Following Up:
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