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Don't: That kind of stuff is like putting sand into the tank of your car! ...Read more
Limit smoked food.: There are studies that show cultures with a higher diet of smoked food (like the Scandinavians) have a higher risk of stomach cancer. Too much of anything is not a good thing. Too much protein is a big part of the obesity epidemic today. Have occasionally but do not neglect other yummy healthy foods like fruits, veggies and whole grains, complex carbs. ...Read more
1 in a million: Twenty million americans consume raw shellfish like clams and oysters each year. Shellfish are filter feeders that pick up and concentrate bacteria, like vibrio, from the surrounding seawater. Bacteria concentrations, and the risk or infection, is higher in warmer months. Only cooking will destroy the bacteria. There are approximately 20 vibrio vulnificans infections each year, half are fatal. ...Read more
Yes: People can only become allergic to something after at least one exposure. If you have never had oyster before, it will be highly unlikely to get allergic to it unless you have had reaction to mollusks before (clam , abalone, mussels etc). ...Read more
Is there anything bad that can happen from eating cooked oysters for their iron? If so, how many oysters can you eat per week before it's unhealthy?
Oysters: I do not think there is a magic number on the amount you can eat. Raw oysters are probably more of an issues than cooked ones. Do not eat only for iron - eat for the developed taste and do not overeat. Also keep in mind the effects on your cholesterol which may be more of an issues in the long run. ...Read more
Friend had oysters yesterday, felt bad in afternoon, had hallucinations that night. Causes/Concerns? even though better now? Should have hospitalized?
Not Necessary: I am happy to hear that your friend has recovered from what was likely either mild food reaction vs food poisoning, depending on his or her personal history. Hallucinations can be caused by fever, among other things. I recommend to all members that you write in for your concerns only, and suggest your friend do the same or be seen in-person should they have a recurrence of their symptoms. ...Read more
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