I’ve touched on this before, but I think this is a fun little reminder. Just because something is all natural doesn’t mean it is healthy or even safe. Below is an A – Z listing of perfectly natural things.
- Crocus (Autumn)
- Elderberry roots
- Fox Glove
- Ivy, poison
- Jimson Weed
- Kex – A variety of hemlock
- Lily of the Valley
- Nightshade, Deadly
- Tse tse flies
- Urchins, sea
- Water hemlock
- Xanthium strumarium (cocklebur)
- Yellow Jessamine
What was the point of the exercise? Mostly it amused me, but in part it’s a reminder to use common sense when trying to discuss what is good and healthy, especially when it comes to food and medicine. There are probably as many good chemicals out there as there are natural things that aren’t good for us.
I often struggle with how to frame conversations here. It’s so easy to slip into “good” vs. “bad” and “chemical” vs. “natural.” Nutrition is a topic that crosses a lot of gray area and much like parenting debates it seems to pit people against one another. Have you seen the raw vs pasteurized milk debates? Just that one debate is overwhelming to me. I can see why someone just looking into the idea of eating better could throw their hands in the air and walk away.
I wonder why the debates have to get so nasty.
My goal isn’t to make readers feel ashamed of consuming processed foods, rather I want people to see learning to cook as a skill that anyone can master. Without cooking as a basic skillset, it’s hard for the average person to eat a healthful diet on a reasonable budget. -Now is when someone brings up the raw food movement, right?-
If you’re a new cook, hang in there.
1What, I can’t have a little fun? I had to see if you were paying attention.