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Are Raw Mushrooms Bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

When I was a kid, my mom told me not to eat raw mushrooms--that they weren't good for me. I've always assumed it was because of some inner component that would be detrimental to my health, or some absorption issue where the nutrients get blocked. Now I've begun putting raw mushrooms on my salads (I hate the texture of cooked mushrooms, but I love raw mushrooms), and my mom's warning has been coming back to haunt me. Is there any truth to it? Are there any other vegetables I shouldn't eat raw?

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on August 28, 2012
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Thanks for the info. I haven't branched out much on mushrooms yet--I'm just eating the typical white ones from the grocery store. I'll try some of the other types of mushrooms and see if they taste better cooked. I've never been a big fan of mushrooms, but I'm exploring new things.

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they're GREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!

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on August 28, 2012
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There are only a few varieties of mushrooms that are good raw. Your typical Agaricus sold in grocery stores is one of them. Another is Boletus edulis (porcini) but they are super expensive unless you know where to find them. Most mushrooms are not good raw and by good I mean tasty.

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Thanks for the info. I haven't branched out much on mushrooms yet--I'm just eating the typical white ones from the grocery store. I'll try some of the other types of mushrooms and see if they taste better cooked. I've never been a big fan of mushrooms, but I'm exploring new things.

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on August 27, 2012
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Cooking mushrooms reduces carcinogens like agaritine significantly:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2132000

Does this mean cooked mushrooms are better for you? I don't think you can say for sure from this study alone. But I favor cooked mushrooms for this reason, especially since I don't eat mushrooms for the nutrients in them that are likely reduced by cooking (b-vitamins specifically).

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on August 28, 2012
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I don't think there is enough to really hurt you in your basic grocery store mushroom, but my mycology professor liked to remind us that all raw mushrooms had at least a small amount of toxins.

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