Toxins in Raw Mushrooms?

Toxins in Raw Mushrooms?
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Agaratine, a natural toxin found in mushrooms, is destroyed by cooking.

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Harmful, harmless, or helpful? Raw mushrooms. I got an email from someone last year saying that Dr. Joel Fuhrman told his patients to stop eating raw mushrooms, out of fear of a natural toxin in regular white mushrooms called agaritine, which is essentially destroyed by cooking.

Now, I get crazy emails all the time about doctors spouting all sorts of nonsense, but I have tremendous respect for Dr. Fuhrman, so I took it seriously enough to research the topic. And what do you think I found? Raw mushrooms: harmful, harmless, or helpful?

Has Furhman just drank one too many of his blended salads, or is he really onto something? He’s right. Mushrooms have all sorts of amazing health benefits, but eat them cooked.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Harmful, harmless, or helpful? Raw mushrooms. I got an email from someone last year saying that Dr. Joel Fuhrman told his patients to stop eating raw mushrooms, out of fear of a natural toxin in regular white mushrooms called agaritine, which is essentially destroyed by cooking.

Now, I get crazy emails all the time about doctors spouting all sorts of nonsense, but I have tremendous respect for Dr. Fuhrman, so I took it seriously enough to research the topic. And what do you think I found? Raw mushrooms: harmful, harmless, or helpful?

Has Furhman just drank one too many of his blended salads, or is he really onto something? He’s right. Mushrooms have all sorts of amazing health benefits, but eat them cooked.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Image thanks to tombothetominator via Flickr.

Doctor's Note

What else do mushrooms do for us? Check out:
Breast Cancer Prevention: Which Mushroom Is Best?
Why Do Asian Women Have Less Breast Cancer?

And check out my other “HHH” videos – Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful? – listed below the post, as well as my other videos on mushrooms

For more context, see my associated blog posts:  The Most Anti-Inflammatory MushroomMushrooms for Breast Cancer PreventionErgothioneine: A New Vitamin? and Mushrooms and Immunity.

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