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Can You Get Worms From Sushi?

Can You Get Worms From Sushi?

Q: Is it true you can get worms from eating sushi?

A: It is true which is why you only want to consume sushi from a reputable source. Improperly prepared sushi may put you at risk for infection from Anisakis or other type of marine parasites. Raw fish must be frozen prior to preparing the sushi to reduce the risk of transmission.

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4:56AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

You can get it if it's not prepared properly. There are all sorts of bacteria in sushi.

4:22PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

3:51PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Another common factor to be concerned with is with all the contaminants in our seas and oceans (Think BP oil spill) plus high contents of mercury and those who have a bad reaction to Iodine in high doses.

5:23AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:00PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Yes, you can ingest worms that live in the raw tissues of animals, land and water. If they (worms & eggs) find a home in your muscle tissues, organs, or blood, it won't be another lovely day in your life.
Another concern of sushi, is that our marine life and the support systems, are being decimated and compromised, by over eating of marine life by humans. I'd go for vegetarian sushi with the cooking techniques and herbs used in marine sushi recipes.

3:36PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

nice post, thank you.

12:53AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012


2:36AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I don't use wasabi with my sushi. I love sushi, and I've never had a problem.

7:13AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

So gross!

1:03PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

I guess I'm lucky I can digest prodigious amounts of it with no problems.

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