Why is sushi so delicious, but eating a raw chicken cutlet completely taboo? This question is explained in SciShow’s new video “Why Do We Eat Raw Fish But Not Raw Chicken?”

Host Hank Green offers guidelines you should follow when eating raw meat, even if you think it’s safe to consume, and what kind of infection you could be risking.

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Animals that are bred for beef, chicken, and pork food products can carry bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. But, according to the video, the heat from cooking is the best way to ensure these harmful bacteria won’t enter your body.

Raw chicken can also be contaminated with strains of a bacteria called Campylobacter, which causes diarrhea in people who are infected.

Meanwhile, eating raw pork could put you at risk for getting a parasitic worm called Trichinella, but “modern farming practices mostly prevent it from spreading,” according to Green.

Fish don’t usually carry bacteria that are harmful to humans, but raw meat from these aquatic creatures could contain harmful parasites.

Recent scientific findings have found that bacteria salmonella could be modified to fight a type of aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma, Medical Daily previously reported. However, if you ingest the typical sort found in food, your symptoms might include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, according to WebMD.

Want to know more about the health risks you could face from eating raw meat? Watch the video above.

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