Sorry, sushi lovers — eating raw fish has more health risks than benefits

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Raw fish is a crucial ingredient in so many trendy dishes we love, like poke, chirashi, sashimi, tartare and ceviche.

The superfood is loaded with heath benefits. It contains large amounts of protein, omega 3s, vitamin D and calcium, and it’s low in saturated fat, according to Healthline.

Unfortunately, those delicious dishes are best consumed in moderation. The health risks associated with eating raw fish actually outnumber the benefits.

Eating the uncooked meat puts you at risk of contracting a parasitic infection, especially if your food has been mishandled. One type of parasite found in raw fish is liver flukes, which can cause a number of dangerous diseases.

Consuming raw fish can also put you at risk of mercury poisoning and increase your risk of developing ALS, a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function.

Raw fish might be billed as healthy and hailed as refined by foodies from around the world, but it’s best to err on the side of caution and enjoy it in moderation.

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