Is it safe to eat uncooked or lightly poached fish bones frequently?

Answered on December 20, 2016
Created November 24, 2016 at 6:47 AM

I have realised that fish bones are a good source of calcium. 

I know that it is not a good idea to frequently eat long fish bones as these may get stuck in the digestive system and cause complications.  I believe an alternative would be to fry or pressure cook the bones and crunch them down and it would be ok to eat like this daily, however I don't want to use this method.

Instead if I simply cut raw fish bones into smaller sizes and eat them raw would this be a problem?  Also if I boil fish bones in water for 5 minutes, cut them with scissors and swallow them with food, would this be digestible and safe to do daily?

My concerns are:
- as the bones are raw or cooked with water the bones will not be soft and hence indigestable?
- even though the bones may have been cut small they may still have hard sharp edges, could these edges not cause complications in the digestive system e.g. slice/pinch tissue therefore making this method of eating unsafe for a daily habit?

Basically I want to know if it is safe(for digestive system) to eat raw/poached fish bones frequently?

from other answers it seems it's ok but please confirm, also i dont see any answer addressing my main concern which is the sharp edges even after cutting bones.


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on December 20, 2016
at 06:57 PM

Would you likely to add how and in what way cut and poached fish bones will affect the digestive system? thanks


on December 02, 2016
at 11:05 AM

My opinion, it is not safe to eat uncooked fish bones regularly. It may effect your digestive system.

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