Is sashimi dangerous
Too embarrassing to ask: is sushi healthy or dangerous?
Sushi is enjoying increasing popularity in Germany: the combination of rice and fish is considered particularly healthy for many. We clarify whether sushi is really as good as its reputation, or maybe even dangerous.
Sushi is healthy, right?
Sushi is actually considered healthy. But there are repeated cases in which consumers of the food are attacked by parasites.
- In January 2018, a Californian suffered from a very large specimen of a tapeworm, measuring 1.68 meters.
- After a sumptuous sushi meal, the man eliminated the parasite in the toilet.
- Dr. Kenny Banh looked after the patient and reported on the case on his podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit".
- The emergency doctor couldn't believe what he was going through at first. The patient had called the emergency room and complained of bloody diarrhea. First he told the doctors about the huge tapeworm that had lodged in the sushi consumer and that he had with him as evidence.
- The patient's report sounds really terrible. According to him, it felt like "his guts were coming out". When he was on the toilet, he felt the parasite wriggle out of him. He then pulled the worm out and thanks to a laxative tablet he was able to completely excrete the worm. The man was very lucky and, according to the report, his desire for sushi had passed for the time being.
You have to keep this in mind when consuming the fish dish
The national dish of the Japanese consists mainly of fresh ingredients: rice, various vegetables, fish and nori sheets are the main ingredients in most types of sushi. This means that there is little fat in sushi, which is why it is actually considered particularly healthy. But behind the ingredients there are also some risks that make sushi dangerous:
- Sushi can become dangerous if the fish is no longer fresh. Raw fish spoils extremely quickly and numerous germs form.
- When preparing sushi, you should therefore ensure that the ingredients are really fresh so as not to spoil your stomach.
- But that's not the only danger: fish parasites such as roundworms could also lurk in your sushi.
- The so-called anisakiasis caused by this causes nausea, fever and severe stomach pain.
- Fish parasites are rare, but if you experience these symptoms after eating sushi, consult a doctor as a precaution. This is the only way to safely rule out an infection with roundworms.
The bottom line: make sure you use fresh ingredients when preparing sushi. This is the only way to ensure that your fish is not infested with germs or parasites. The fresher the sushi, the healthier it is.
Isn't raw fish your thing? Then try it with Banana Nutella Sushi. We'll tell you which ingredients you need for it.
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