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Are broccoli worms harmful to human health?

i realize the title of this post is a little less appealing than most posts, but i thought i'd ask the community to help me out here.

i got some broccoli at the organic farmers market and found a little green worm. through the help of google i found that they are called cabbage loopers, but i couldn't find out if they were bad for my health or not in case i accidentally consumed one.

i mean, are their eggs bad, like parasites and stuff? could they cause digestive and health problems like other parasites i've read about that affect humans?

i was so icked out i just threw out the rest of the broccoli (which i'm sure i shouldn't have done).

can anyone tell me if it's ok to accidentally eat a green worm?

thanks!

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  1. Simply - not harmful and the little suckers hold on tight so you can get really good, fresh broccoli at a restaurant and find the things even though the broccoli has been washed really well. And its okay if you eat one of them, it isn't going to produce the little white butterfly in you stomach.

    1. You'll be fine if you eat one of these accidentally.

      In fact, if you've ever eaten any type of processed canned food, you've already eaten much worse.

      Cheers.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        ipsedixit: a practicing Jainist would recoil in horror at your lackadaisical and remiss demeanor.

        OP: ipsedixit and Sam F are both right. and all the tips of the others (plus raw broccoli gives some people gas - although good vitamins)

        remember the boy scout rule when lost in the wilderness and thirsty - one pool of water has algae and the other is crystal clear - which one will kill you?

        if things can grow and thrive, so will you.

        the real worry is: are they well cooked enough that they don't crawl when company is over. THAT would be awkward.

        1. re: hill food

          remember the boy scout rule when lost in the wilderness and thirsty - one pool of water has algae and the other is crystal clear - which one will kill you?

          if things can grow and thrive, so will you.
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          This is absolutely not true!

          Stagnant water can have algae and a host of other parasites and bacteria thriving in it. You will not thrive if you drink this.

          The rule in scouts was to look for clear running water. And even then it is best to boil it since even clear running water may contain parasites and bacteria.

          http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Centers...
          http://survivingmodernlife.com/2012/0...

          1. re: Porthos

            the point was the clear pool could very well be contaminated with tailings from an old mine up hill. invisible. of course the boil order and even iodine treatment was always in effect with unknown sources (shit we lost so many kids before we figured that one out)

      2. They are harmless to eat, add some vitamins, and are a sign that the broccoli wasn't hit with excess pesticides.

        1. ultra religious Jews wash their fruits and vegetables extremely carefully and excessively to ensure no bugs etc. Broccoli in particular should be parboiled for a minute after careful washing. Some fruits and vegetables are banned (such as raspberries, asparagus) because they 'cannot' be assured of being bug free.

          1. I'm not sure I'd eat it raw, so you might want to cook it first. :-)