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05-19-2015 12:53 PM
dani_cat I wanted to try portabella mushrooms has my bread for my "burgers". I am just trying to eliminate bread from my new eating habits. Anybody tried this?
05-18-2015 02:13 AM
custardpie I eat button mushrooms raw all the time.. They're not organic, but I still don't wash them so I end up eating the little bits of dirt that are still on them as well. Seeing as no studies have actually proved in any way that raw mushrooms can be deleterious to the health, I'm just gonna keep doing what I do
05-17-2015 05:15 PM
LedBoots I always cook mine, except a few bites here or there while preparing.
05-17-2015 01:59 PM
Zazzles2015
Check out the new research please

There's a lot of new research out there on this topic. Please do your research. Just because you didn't get diarrhea or projectile vomiting doesn't mean it's not harmful. This is just one source. Google it and you will find a lot of new findings from many reliable sources.

Is Eating Raw Mushrooms a Bad Idea?
Ask the Dietitian: Exploring the link between mushrooms and carcinogens



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In the recent Trail Runner article titled "Stealth Health Foods'"[Nutrition, Issue 89, July 2013], white-button mushrooms are recommended. Don't these mushrooms, along with portobello and cremini, contain natural carcinogens, and shouldn't they be cooked thoroughly to break down the toxins and not be eaten raw?
—Troy Denton, Atlanta, Georgia

White-button, portobello and cremini mushrooms are all members of the species Agaricus bisporus. These mushrooms are shown to have a slew of health benefits such as boosting immunity, reducing inflammation and playing an active role in breast-cancer treatment. However, agaritine, a natural compound found in the Agaricus genus, has been identified as a carcinogen.

To date, only animal studies using rodent models have showed carcinogenic effects of agaritine when using high concentrations of the toxin. It would be very difficult for humans to consume enough mushrooms to be exposed to the same amount of toxin that produced negative results. While data using reasonable doses of mushrooms for short periods of time does not prove agaritine to be harmful, it still might be possible that agaritine-containing mushrooms have long-term toxic effects. More studies need to be conducted looking at long-term consumption at functionally relevant doses.

Instead of eliminating these meaty morsels from your diet, cooking your mushrooms instead of eating them raw can help you reap their positive properties. According to a study published in the journal Food Additives and Contaminants, cooking mushrooms by boiling, frying or microwaving reduces the amount of agaritine between 35 and 70 percent.
08-02-2014 02:07 AM
fanaledrinks112 Mushrooms contain some of the most potent natural medicines on the planet. Of the 140,000 species of mushroom-forming fungi, science is familiar with only 10 percent, according to world-renown mycologist Paul Stamets, who has written six books on the topic.

About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits. Of those hundred, about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system.
03-05-2014 10:00 PM
kinglemon

Ate raw mushrooms often,no problem,tasty thing.No wrong stuff out of it

03-04-2014 02:16 PM
60225
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Originally Posted by jessican3267 View Post

I've never had any problems with mushrooms. I eat them raw all the time. I like to put them in salads.

 

Me too and I haven't died (yet) :up:

 

I prefer them cooked in garlic-infused olive oil though.

03-04-2014 01:35 PM
pandiculationco
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Originally Posted by Solkiki View Post
 

I've recently eating raw mushroom ceviche in a raw food restaurant. They 'cooked' it in lemon juice. They said that the lemon juice makes them more suitable for eating. I don't know exactly what the chemical processes are behind this. It was delicious though, I never thought I'd eat raw mushrooms.

 

Oh, that sounds interesting.  Citrus juice is one way of chemically cooking things; although I don't know quite how it would work on mushrooms.

 

Citric acid is pretty strong, and makes a lot of chemical bonds, making nutrients more available.

03-04-2014 01:18 PM
solkiki

I've recently eating raw mushroom ceviche in a raw food restaurant. They 'cooked' it in lemon juice. They said that the lemon juice makes them more suitable for eating. I don't know exactly what the chemical processes are behind this. It was delicious though, I never thought I'd eat raw mushrooms.

06-02-2013 03:13 AM
zephyress Ive eaten a portabella mushrom "burger" twice in the month and both times fell ill 3-6 hours later. First time i ate half and had horrible diarrhea for a few hours. Wasn't quite sure if it was from the mushroom. Second time, i ate the entire sandwich and along with soft stool, I had the shakes w heart palps, then a few hours later extremely nauseous, running to the bathroom! Not sure if i just cannot digest it or some type of toxin is disagreeing w me. Im not much of a mushroom eater but simply wanted to try meat alternatives. Anyone have similar story?
05-26-2010 12:58 AM
jessican3267
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Originally Posted by jessican3267 View Post

I've never had any problems with mushrooms. I eat them raw all the time. I like to put them in salads.

I usually buy the button mushrooms. I need to try the Portabello or the ****ake mushrooms sometime
05-26-2010 12:56 AM
jessican3267 I've never had any problems with mushrooms. I eat them raw all the time. I like to put them in salads.
05-24-2010 11:11 PM
Irizary I've never had a problem with raw mushrooms.



I think that MykoWeb link is very questionable. I'm willing to bet this story was passed on by a "friend of a friend who knew someone who heard about..." or it's some kind of folktale

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By dramatic example, a few free-spirited youths in Hawaii a few years ago blithely consumed blue-staining Psilocybes as they went collecting from cow patties. What a downer it must have been a short while later, when the doctor told them they had nematodes!

Nematodes aren't really that easy to diagnose, and the "free spirited youths" aren't really all going to be crapping out worms after eating mushrooms or something like that. And even if by some fantastical event they all got diagnosed with nematodes, you can get nematodes from any vegetable - how would they know it was the mushrooms?
05-24-2010 03:43 PM
GoGoGoddess Well, I get closed cup mushroooms from the supermarket and eat them raw in salads, so I guess they're OK.
05-24-2010 08:36 AM
PlaysInFire
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Originally Posted by Profilus View Post

Ate a supermarket mushroom raw yesterday; tasty enough, but oh dear, woke up feeling like I'd eaten a rotten apple Might've been coincidental, but got myself on Google and found this...



http://www.mykoweb.com/articles/EatingRawMushrooms.html



Be careful! (even in Tescos)



While this is a really great link, thanks I too have been eating raw mushrooms for years and never had any problem. I don't even wash them, I just wipe them with soft cloth, or brush. Also, I don't think that restaurants could legally serve them raw if they were more dangerous than any other raw veggie. Having said that....there is ALWAYS a chance of cross contamination with any raw food. This risk also increases the more hands touch your food on its way to you. I think if it was the mushroom that made you ill, it was something that came in contact with it, not the actual fungi. I think the risk of illness is the same for all produce.....most food borne illness start with raw foods. Remember the green onion, spinach, and lettuce outbreaks???
05-24-2010 07:25 AM
AeryFairy I've always eaten raw mushrooms. They're tasty. Just make sure you wash 'em.
05-15-2010 07:29 AM
Profilus Ate a supermarket mushroom raw yesterday; tasty enough, but oh dear, woke up feeling like I'd eaten a rotten apple Might've been coincidental, but got myself on Google and found this...



http://www.mykoweb.com/articles/EatingRawMushrooms.html



Be careful! (even in Tescos)
05-14-2006 06:09 PM
rawgirl I eat both portobella and shiitake mushrooms raw. The portabellas are really good with guacamole!
05-14-2006 06:02 PM
Zasko Wow Jenna! You did an impeccable job recreating the recipe if those are your photos. Now I am completly in dire need of a dehydrator. This can be the first thing I make with it
05-14-2006 04:52 PM
jenna You could try the carrot and parsnip fettucini that I make a lot. It calls for marinating and dehydrating the portobellos. They turn out so good.



http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=49435
05-14-2006 04:43 PM
Zasko Never thought about eating them with guacamole. May have to try that sometime as I make an excellent guac that gets no action these days since dropping tortilla chips a few months ago.



Seems like I seriously need to invest in a dehydrator. If they truly take on the texture of cooked after being marniated and dehydrated, then I think I'm sold! I just tried to eat some of my shiitake raw and it honestly felt like I had chicken skin slipping between my teeth. My friend has a dehydrator she never used, maybe I can buy it off her. I've gotten use to diet changes in the past, raw mushrooms will come around for me eventually now that I know they're safe to eat. Thanks for the replies everyone



SamuelWilson - You're probably right in regards to someone eating the wrong mushroom. I know I'd be super thrilled and eat the first mushroom I came across after hearing wild mushrooms are edible.
05-14-2006 03:30 PM
SamuelWilson Eating raw organic mushrooms is safe. If you want them to take on more of the texture of cooked, you can marinate them in EVOO and then dehydrate them. I do this when I make my pesto stuffed mushrooms.



I also harvest wild mushrooms and eat them. However, this is very dangerous unless you know what you are doing. I thought about starting a thread on the subject one time, but I would feel bad if someone ate a mushroom that was poisonous.
05-14-2006 03:19 PM
jenna I eat raw portobellos all the time.



I wash them and de-stem them. They are great with raw, homemade guacamole and chopped tomatoes on top.



I also use them in this really good raw fettucini dish.
05-14-2006 03:14 PM
Tesseract I put them on my salad at salad bar restaurants all the time. As long as they're cleaned, I don't see an issue. Or let's say, I don't see any issue beyond the possiblity of cross-contamination that you would have with any raw vegetable.
05-14-2006 03:04 PM
Zasko Is it safe to eat uncooked mushrooms? I usually eat shiitake or portabella daily but I've always cooked them in the past. I'd like to go raw with mushrooms as I have with fruits and veggies, but I know they're a whole different category. Just curious to know if there's any short/long term issues with eating them. Those spores worry me unless I cook them!

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