If heat kills food germs, why is it normal for Japanese to eat raw food?

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If heat kills food germs, why is it normal for Japanese to eat raw food?

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If it’s high quality, inspected, and super fresh you can eat almost anything raw.

This is why it’s normal for them to eat some food raw. The delicate flavors of fish are destroyed by cooking for example.

Most cultures eat raw food, even meat and fish. French have steak tartare. Hawaiians have poke. Eskimo/Inuit ate/eat raw whale, seal, bear, caribou, etc. Mexicans have ceviche. Ukranians have salo.

Chinese tend to cook everything and they think raw salad is scary.

Most food is safe to eat raw provided it’s fresh enough and clean enough. Sashimi is one example of fish that is so extremely fresh that it can just be sliced and eaten.

The reason why the vast majority of foods are cooked is because the vast majority of foods simply can’t be that fresh, or are otherwise invariably exposed to dangerous bacteria during the preparation process.

A lot of sushi is actually frozen first to kill parasites and in many countries it is required by law.

Japanese also eat lots of fermented foods like kimchi which have good bacteria (essentially probiotics) to help keep their gut healthy and help with any potential food contamination.