If lionfish have no natural predators, does that also mean that they also don’t have parasitic worms?

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Question by shockman: If lionfish have no natural predators, does that also mean that they also don’t have parasitic worms?
I recall “The CBS Evening News” running a story on there being a surplus of lionfish near Florida, and folks were chowing down on them.

Now, ever since I had learned that it is common for fish in general to be plagued with parasitic worms, I’ve stopped eating them. So, I’m hoping the answers to this question offer a glimmer of hope, but if not, I will respect the truth.

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Answer by The Cheshire
For the most part an meat you might eat, beef, pork, fish, chicken has the potential to carry various types of parasites (the type of parasite depends on the type of meat). That is one of the reasons that they suggest you make sure the meat is well cooked, though it does not always kill all parasites.

Having or not having natural predators is not really a factor when it comes to having or not having parasites.

Lionfish do get parasites but exactly which ones I am unsure. I just know that on average they have less than other fish. But yes, they do have them.

In my personal opinion you should not let your fear of parasites rule your diet. You can get sick from eating poor meat, you can get sick from eating poor fruit and veggies, heck you can get sick from water.
The trick is to be smart about how you cook your food and where you get it from. It wont make you invincible when it comes to getting sick from food, but it does improve your odds greatly.

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One comment on “If lionfish have no natural predators, does that also mean that they also don’t have parasitic worms?

  1. Professor Frink

    Parasites are not predators. Predators kill and eat other animals, while parasites live on or in their host without killing it. Just because nothing eats a lionfish certainly doesn’t mean it doesn’t have worms, but you shouldn’t be worried about catching them if you eat it. The worms live in the gut, which you don’t eat, and anyway cooking should kill them. You CAN get worms from eating undercooked pork, because these particular worms burrow into the flesh as well as the gut, but again proper cooking will kill them. Go eat fish to your heart’s content!

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