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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Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

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

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

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.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Lin part time Penrose
Lin Penrose5 years ago

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.

Aleksandra K.
Past Member 5 years ago

nice post, thank you.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago


Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

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

Andy O.
Past Member 6 years ago

So gross!

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodrigu

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