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November 8, 2012 5:07 AM
Deniseselah and I were on Dr F's TweetChat last month and he mentioned that you should not eat mushrooms raw.

"Q3: Should mushrooms be cooked or are they ok to eat raw?"
"A3: Mushrooms should only be eaten cooked. #drfuhrman"
"Many raw mushrooms contain a potentially carcinogenic toxin that dissipates when the mushrooms are heated. #drfuhman"

You can checkout some of the things he said here: - the chat was Oct 24th

I was surprised to hear this so I figured I would share this in case anyone else didn't know.

-Natasha (The 50% ETL-er)
November 8, 2012 7:44 AM
Thank you so much for posting this! Sometimes I just slice up a few and add them to our salads for time sake. From now on, no matter what kind of soup I'm making it's going to have mushrooms in it.
November 8, 2012 8:22 AM
Thanks for sharing, Natasha. I have been tossing them in my salads raw.
November 8, 2012 10:27 AM
I remember hearing that in a teleconference somewhere along the line not too long ago....I think...or maybe I read it. It is the least seen of the Gbombs in my diet. Need to work on improving that!
November 8, 2012 12:20 PM
Oh my gosh. Thanks for sharing-------I eat lots of mushrooms and pretty much always raw. I've eaten them raw for years and years. ACK!!!
November 11, 2012 12:17 PM
But wasn't it in Dr Fuhrman's books I read and wasn't it Dr Fuhrman himself who said in chat shows that we should be eating raw onions and mushrooms to help lose belly fat?

Maybe I read and heard wrong. I remember reading Eat To Live some time ago but no longer have the book, It wasn't mine to begin with.

Thanks for the information.
Edited by SessiebeeM02 On November 11, 2012 12:17 PM
November 12, 2012 6:32 AM
I don't agree that mushrooms must be cooked.

'Nuf said.
November 12, 2012 9:24 AM
Personally, I have always cooked my mushrooms anyway. And I think there was a teleconference or something that said that you can also eat pomegranite instead because it has a lot of the same benefits.
November 12, 2012 1:30 PM
One of the standard tests of whether food is mutagenic (i.e. causes mutations and therefore potentially could cause cancer) is the Ames test. If you are interested in a scientific view of what foods are mutagenic, watch this very short youtube video. (~5 mins)

If you want to know what Bruce Ames himself thinks of the carcinogens in natural foods, in pesticides, etc, watch this very funny scientific presentation. (~11 mins)

An while you are watching youtube, I will be sipping my coffee ....

And so, now that you have watched those videos, tell me:
1. Are you going to cook all your mutagenic mushrooms?
2. Are you going to cook all your mutagenic foods?
3. Are you going to eat organic foods?
4. Are you going to drink coffee?
Edited by amflautist On November 12, 2012 1:31 PM
November 14, 2012 11:43 AM
I will watch the videos.
However, I will probably do the same as I do now; that is, I cook some mushrooms in foods and I toss some raw into salads.
I don't know what other foods are mutagenic yet, and I'm assuming there's some list, but my assumption is I will continue to do the same thing I do now, which is to cook some and not cook some.
I will continue to buy the way I do now; that is, some organic foods (tofu, for instance) and some not.
I will not drink caffeinated coffee anymore; I have finally kicked my caffeine habit -- no more caffeine headaches. I have switched to herbal teas and an occasional decaf coffee with soy milk in it.
'Nuff said.
November 14, 2012 6:22 PM
I also cook some, eat some raw. The message from Bruce Ames is that ALL foods are mutagenic. It's a matter of what level.
His second message is that organic foods are usually MORE mutagenic than nonorganic. Reason is that organic foods need to be grown without the use of pesticides. In order to do this, organic farmers select the varieties that are most pest resistent. Well, guess what, pest resistant crops have natural chemicals that pests avoid. These chemicals are mutagenic!

Me, I'm going to continue to eat organic (mostly), and I'm going to continue to eat raw mushrooms, and I'm going to continue to drink coffee. And chocolate too, oh yeah, lotsa chocolate.

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