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Can you eat maitake mushrooms?

Can you eat maitake mushrooms?

Oh, yes: "maitake" means "dancing" -- ancient japanese people apparently danced with joy when finding these mushrooms. For thousands of years, healers have used them in tonics, soups, teas, prepared foods, and herbal formulas to promote health and long life. Researchers are now studying the medicinal effects of mushrooms on the immune system, cancer, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. ...Read more

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Are raw white cup mushrooms carcinogenic?

Are raw white cup mushrooms carcinogenic?

Not realistically: There is a hydrazine derivative in some mushrooms called agaritine that binds to DNA and in ridiculously high doses produces cancer in a few animal models. I know no bioscientist who avoids mushrooms. Such chemicals are ubiquitous and unavoidable. Orange juice and pepper contain similar stuff and so does your own feces. Enjoy life without troubling yourself over minuscule risks. ...Read more

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2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?

Board certified MD?: Make sure the doc telling you this is doing skin testing and not blood testing, consider a trip to a board certified allergy immunologist specialist, unlikely all of these positive tests are clinically significant. ...Read more

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Are magic mushrooms bad?

Are magic mushrooms bad?

Not to the mushroom: I'm sure the mushroom might be offended if it knew that it had such a bad rap with humans....but to answer your question, they are currently not used medicinally because of their high potential for abuse and addiction. They cause changes in mental status and cognition and therefore, I would advise against their use as harm can come to you or others while under their influence. Try rhubarb instead. ...Read more

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Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Are pumpkin seed shells edible?

Yes: Pumpkin seed shells are edible- they probably test best when toasted in an oven. You might even try adding a salt free fat free seasoning for additional taste. ...Read more

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Is 1 avacodo, handful almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, spinach leaves, tomatoe and onion a healthy lunch?

Is 1 avacodo, handful almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, spinach leaves, tomatoe and onion a healthy lunch?

Surprisingly fatty.: Sounds good on the surface, but would be rather caloric because of the amounts of healthy fats in the avocado and nuts and seeds. Would cut back on those ingredients, perhaps choosing one per day and switching them up. ...Read more

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Can i eat undercooked haddock?

Can i eat undercooked haddock?

I wouldn't: Animals should be well cooked before they are eaten, in order to kill the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that might be in undercooked animals. However, many people do eat raw seafood, and they get sick sometimes. Other times, they are lucky and get away with it. ...Read more

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Are leafy greens healthier cooked or raw?

Are leafy greens healthier cooked or raw?

Raw: Leafy greens are best because cooking denatures the enzymes in the plants to some degree. It is more difficult to digest them however, because cooking helps with that. You might consider a raw salad and par-boil for other meals. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is plain chicken breast, asparagus, broccoli & cauliflower, mushrooms, and sweet potato a human healthy dinner?

Is plain chicken breast, asparagus, broccoli & cauliflower, mushrooms, and sweet potato a human healthy dinner?

Amount just as: Important. All of the foods you described are healthy but if you do not control the amount, even healthy foods will cause obesity and related problems. ...Read more

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Can i eat frozen salmon from costco raw (as sashimi)?

Can i eat frozen salmon from costco raw (as sashimi)?

Not advised: Sushi grade fish in general is taken very seriously in terms of processing. Frozen fish that is not marketed as sushi grade may be less well handled and processed. Ask the fish person. ...Read more

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What seafoods contain mercury?

What seafoods contain mercury?

Fish w very high: Potential mercury levels: shark, swordfish, marlin, king mackerel, big eye, ahi tuna, orange roughy & tilefish. Limit intake of yellow fin & white albacore tuna, spanish & gulf maceral, grouper, bluefish & chilean sea bass. For healthier mercury levels try: crabs, crawdaddies, haddock, flounder, salmon, shrimp, oysters, anchovies, herring, mullet, sole, clams & freshwater trout. ...Read more

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Are beef sweetbreads healthy?

Are beef sweetbreads healthy?

No: Sweetbread is the pancreas. First, any beef product is unhealthy. There is no reason to ever eat that. There are many other dining options out there. Second, you increase your fat intake (particularly the pancreas compared to muscle meat), cholesterol, and inflammation, especially if it's not organic, free-roaming, vegetarian-fed (what cows naturally eat). ...Read more

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Does salmon sushi contain as much mercury as tuna or swordfish?

Does salmon sushi contain as much mercury as tuna or swordfish?

Mercury: Is a heavy metal that can be toxic at high doses. It can lead to damage to brain, kidneys & lung. Symptoms of toxicity include impaired vision/hearing/speech, disturbed sensation, lack of coordination, itching, burning, pain, skin discoloration & shedding, profuse sweating, heart racing, high blood pressure, labile moods, memory & sleep disturbance. ...Read more

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Can omega 3 fish oil supplement from anchovy, mackerel,menhaden,sardine and tuna reduce schizophrenia?

Can omega 3 fish oil supplement from anchovy, mackerel,menhaden,sardine and tuna reduce schizophrenia?

Unknown: There are no randomized clinical studies that have been performed which evaluate whether these substances have an impact on the natural history of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Shellfish allergy. Can I eat mussels?

Shellfish allergy. Can I eat mussels?

Maybe: Shellfish includes clams, oysters, lobster, crabs, shrimp, mussels, etc.... Some people are allergic to all shellfish. Some are allergic to only specific types and tolerate other shellfish. See an allergist for testing. Don't be foolish and take a chance. ...Read more