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can you eat raw crab

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Willam Lau
10 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: In hawaii we do it all the time, but you may risk marine acquired organisms.
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Raw crab: Eating anything raw puts you at risk for infection.

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Byron Hapner
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Two 8-12 ounce servings of crab a week should be fine. The concern would be mercury exposure, which should be low with most shellfish.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Crab allergy: You are very lucky. Most people who are allergic to a shell fish are allergic to most other shel fish. I would think that this is a lucky turn of ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Crabs normally have a fairly low mercury level. But they need to be properly cooked.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Probably not the lowest calorie option but yes you can eat this while pregnant.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mercury: Crabs and other shellfish are scavengers. They tend to eat dead fish that drop to the bottom. The fish that died had acquired a lifetime of heavy me ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not yet: Imitation crab is made from fish meat which has been thoroughly cleansed of the original taste and then favored with crab or artificial flavoring. Unt ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Crabs are fine, must: Be cooked . Their mercury level is low. Avoid any shellfish that are raw or undercooked. Do not eat any shellfish harvested during a red tide or when ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Crab legs: As long as you do not over indulge it should be fine. Enjoy
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Probably: It's important to read food labels when dealing with food allergies. Typically imitation crab is fish with artificial flavor and color. Be sure to r ... Read More

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