5 Parasites Parasitic Organisms Found In Or On Crabs - Being Impregnated By Parasites
I absolutely love crabs, and though I don't eat seafood 🍤 often because of mercury, I do love to order snow crab legs and steamed crabs with old bay, butter, and lemon on special occasions! I make sure that when I do eat crabs, that they look fully cooked. Generally, I have found the restaurants that I ate at to be pretty good about cooking snow crab legs fully, but not all restaurants fully cook their crabs.
When crabs are not fully cooked, you can end up eating the parasites and worms that live in them, which can make you sick. After all, crabs, like all living things, are also negatively affected by parasites. Some of these parasites can harm humans also when we eat raw or undercooked crabs. Other parasites found in or on crabs can harm them and even greatly reduce their numbers. So today, I will teach you about 5 parasitic organisms that affect crabs.
Vibrio is really the biggest concern when it comes to eating raw or undercooked crab, and the symptoms that accompany vibrio are common to food borne illness (diarrhea, nausea, headaches, fever, weight loss, chills, stomach pain, throwing up, etc).
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It is recommended to cook crabs at a minimum temperature of 350 degrees in the oven, or 154 degrees if you are going to boil it on a stove. You should cook crabs for around ten minutes at least.