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A 24-year-old male asked:

can you eat raw frozen and raw fresh vegetables as long as you rinse them first? i don't see the issue since we don't cook our raw fruit.

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Fresh vegetables: I'm not sure I understand the question. Have you not ever eaten fresh vegetables in the past 28 years? Of course eating fresh vegetables is safe. That's what a salad is.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Yes, just rinse: Yes, in the US it is fine to eat fresh and frozen fruit after just washing it. If you are traveling in other countries you need to make sure that it is also safe to eat raw fruit there.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
OK for most BUT...: Many people eat only raw vegetables (and raw food) for health benefits, but many nutrients in vegetables are better absorbed when cooked (esp. if boiled or steamed) while others are degraded by cooking. Cruciferous veggies have chemicals that suppress thyroid function if eaten in excess that are deactivated by cooking. See http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/raw-veggies-are-healthier/
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Raw veg and fruit: Is generally safe, though digestibility is improved for many veg if cooked or steamed.

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