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Safe To Eat Sushi
Raw fish?: A pregnant woman "can" eat sushi, but it is safer to eat other foods instead of sushi. One reason is the mercury in fish. A person who eats more than 2 servings of fish a week may be taking in too much mercury. A second reason is that sushi often has uncooked seafood in it. Uncooked seafood can contain live viruses, bacteria, and parasites; but cooking the food usually kills those things. ...Read more
Sushi is fine.: The main concern with sushi is obviously the chance of bacterial infection in the context of eating raw fish. Those who make sushi for us to eat undergo rigorous and lengthy training in order to prepare the raw fish in a way that minimizes the chance of infection while allowing us to eat such an awesome delicacy, So, yes, sushi is safe if the correct people are making it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to eat sushi (raw type) when I have large canker sores at the back of my throat. No way to avoid the food touching the sores and one did a minor bleed but for a very short time.
Is it safe to eat sushi while pregnant, if you have been eating it 1-2x per week prior to being pregnant?
Ask your OB: Being able to make the best food choices in pregnancy requires knowing a lot about the condition of the fetus and oneself, knowing safe food handling practices and being aware of which particular foods might have toxins or infectious agents associated with them. It is always a good idea to ask an experienced and informed physician or dietitian about the best diet for pregnancy and breastfeeding. ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
As another: As another doctor, dr gregory mosolf, put it: "just be careful not to eat too much because fish such as tuna can contain mercury. Don't exceed 1 serving of tuna per week while nursing. Other fish which may have mercury include swordfish and salmon.". ...Read more
Is it safe to eat salmon sushi? I've recently heard about the possible rusk of getting tapeworm from if?
Rare, preventable: Unlike most fish eaten raw as sushi or sashimi, salmon can contain the fish tapeworm and other parasites. However, these are killed by freezing, and in the US, salmon intended to be eaten raw is required by law to be frozen first. So the actual risk is very low. However, this may not be the case in all countries, and I would recommend avoiding raw salmon if uncertain of local laws. ...Read more
I have canker sores that sometimes have minor, brief bleeding. Is it safe to eat raw sushi? I'm worried about parasites entering my bloodstream.
Perspective: If there are parasites in your sushi, they will enter your system whether or not you have open sores. Remember, you are swallowing your food. There is always a risk with raw sushi, as well as many other not fully cooked foods. I love sushi and only go to some high quality restaurants for it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, if it is: prepared properly. There can be worms in fish, but if the fish is frozen enough before processing and the food preparation is hygienic, there is not risk. The other issue to keep in mind is that some fish have more mercury than others and you need to check into the source of fish flesh and the type of fish. See this site for info on mercury. http://www.epa.gov/hg/advisories.htm ...Read more
Are vegetables and kimchi from Korea still safe to eat, even if they might have tested an H-bomb?
Is it safe to eat chocolate that melted and then cooled to room temp and solid again? Still in the foil wrapper? Tasted fine just the shape ofcourse.
Yes: People do that all the time, without any problem. Often, this happens when a person leaves a chocolate bar in the car, where it melts, and then eats it after it hardens again at home. Basically, if a person has no problem eating the chocolate bar in its original state, she should have no problem eating it after it's melted and re-hardened. ...Read more
I bought some cooked Vietnamese food & a fried pork Vietnamese sausage. I put them in the fridge. After 2 hours 20 minutes, I found out the fridge door didn't close tightly.Is the food safe to eat?Is it possible the food get spoiled due to lose door?
You will likely be: alright with this scenario.Get a more detailed answer ›
NO: Shark is one of the types of fish that has the highest mercury content, and the EPA advises pregnant women to avoid Shark along with Swordfish, King Mackerel, and Tilefish. Websites from the EPA and HHS can give you more information about the safety of fish in pregnancy, as can your obstetrician. ...Read more
Most likely but...: Like most herbal remedies (and medicines) there has been no research on the safety of hajmola in pregnancy but the main ingredients are commonly eaten herbs and spices: cumin, black pepper, ginger and long pepper. To the best of my knowledge none of these are thought to be unsafe to eat during pregnancy so as far as known it should be fine; but best to limit all medicines in early pregnancy. ...Read more
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