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14 May 2004

Sushi
Hi,

I would like to forward a mail regarding the potential problems of eating sushi. Can you please forward me a maila ddress to send it to.

Thanks
Brian
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Brian
You can send this info to mhudson@health24.co.za and mark it for my attention.
Eating raw fish can expose you to potential dangers of microbial or virus infections and/or parasitic infections because cooking usually kills most of these organisms. If the fish that is eaten is not 100% fresh, then spoilage organisms can cause food poisoning (vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, malaise). Raw fish also contains an anti-nutrient factor that interferes with the absorption of thiamine (vit B1), so too frequent ingestion of sushi coupled with a B1-deficient diet can cause pronounced B1 deficiency. For anyone who is allergic to iodine, eating fish of any kind is potentially harmful.
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DietDoc
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