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Five Foods You Shouldn't Eat Raw
« on: July 26, 2009, 12:19:35 PM »
Five Foods You Shouldn't Eat Raw

By Greg A. Miller, The Faster Times. Posted July 18, 2009

Consumer safety articles, such as mine, often report how something seemingly innocuous will actually kill you, or at the very least, leave you maimed and crippled.  In deference to this great modern media tradition, here’s my hysteria-inducing list:

1. Cookie dough (and anything else containing raw eggs): In addition to the risk of E. coli discussed in the article, eating egg-containing dough prior to baking it puts you at risk for Salmonella.

2. Fish: Sushi, sashimi, and ceviche can carry multiple parasites.  My favorite is Diphyllobothrium latum, an intestinal tapeworm transmitted by freshwater fish such as salmon, which can grow 30 feet long and live 20 years.

3. Sprouts:  Alfalfa, bean, and other sprouts carry Salmonella, E. coli, and Bacillus bacteria due to the warm, humid environments in which they’re grown.  Washing the surface of the sprouts does not eliminate the chance of illness, as the bacteria can live internally.  Raw sprouts are not recommended for children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.

4. Beef and pork: Avoiding raw meat is a no-brainer, until you see it on the menu with an appetizing name like tartare or carpaccio.  There’s a long list of diseases you could get from raw meat, so I’ll mention only one: neurocysticercosis, a parasite from undercooked pork that crawls from your intestine up to your brain, where it can live for years and cause seizures.

…and finally, no “Everybody Panic!” list is complete without at least one way you might inadvertently kill your child:

5. Honey: Honey contains bacterial spores that cause botulism, a disease that’s usually fatal if untreated.  While adults and children have high stomach acid levels that kill the spores in honey, infants do not.  Children less than a year old should not eat honey.



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http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/141406/five_foods_you_shouldn%27t_eat_raw/


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Re: Five Foods You Shouldn't Eat Raw
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2009, 08:47:29 PM »
Hello Smoke,

I had to say something about Honey as one of the foods never to eat.  Honey has the complete Vitamin B Complex.  I take a teaspoon of honey and a magnesium pill each day (if I remember) to help block Glutamate Receptors.  The honey is so the body simulates as much of the magnesium as possible.

I took a look at the original article which pertains to E. Coli.  This article http://tinyurl.com/lvbt45  does have some more information that wasn't sited before. 

Now there might be some restriction concerning honey and infants, but I am not aware of any.

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Re: Five Foods You Shouldn't Eat Raw
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2009, 07:43:29 AM »
Magnesium is good for the heart. It's difficult at best to find it in naturally in foods.

According to my wife it is common knowledge among mothers not to feed honey to babies.
This was news to me. A good thing to know because as the article is saying, it could cause death.
I like honey. It seems to be fine for everyone except infants. I'll go with that cuz my wife is never wrong.
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Re: Five Foods You Shouldn't Eat Raw
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009, 08:24:20 PM »
Smoke,

I pondered this honey and baby thing a while back and came across the topic again so I suppose I will share my additional thoughts. 

Maybe the reason for not giving babies honey is because of the possibility of aspirating the honey rather than eating it.  Honey does have a different texture, and it would be easy for a baby or infant be confused by the foreign substance. 

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Re: Five Foods You Shouldn't Eat Raw
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 03:03:05 AM »
I thought honey was good for you raw.I mean after its purified.Because many people say herbal medicine is honey.

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Re: Five Foods You Shouldn't Eat Raw
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2009, 05:41:26 AM »
I thought honey was good for you raw.I mean after its purified.Because many people say herbal medicine is honey.

Honey will give you your complete vitamin B complex without all the fillers you would get in pills.  The warning is for infants younger than a year old.  The rest of us have the tools to kill the bacteria found in this wonderful natural source of vitamins.  Keep eating your honey.  You'll be alright.
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