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Safe To Eat Sushi
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.
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
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 2 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
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
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