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Ask A Nutrition Professional: Can Eating Raw Zucchini Cause Pain?

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Expert opinion from Leticia Soares

Postgraduate Degree in Public and Family Health/Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics · 5 years of experience · Brazil

Eating the raw vegetable contributes to the greatest enjoyment of all its health benefits. Raw zucchini, as well as all foods consumed in natura, must be very well washed and sanitized. When consumed in moderation raw zucchini is not harmful to the body. However if eaten in excessive amount it can cause a laxative effect and lead to diarrhea, vomiting, bloating and flatulence in some individuals. 

Expert opinion from Hannah Purtle

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics · 1 years of experience · Australia

Raw zucchini can taste very bitter due to a compounds called cucurbitacin's. In high does cucurbitacin's can be toxic. If you have a sensitive stomach or at higher risk of food borne illness (for example during pregnancy or weaker immune system) it is safer to cook zucchini to minimise the risk of food borne illness.

Expert opinion from Carolina Castro

PhD Candidate (Health Services), Post Graduate Functional Clinical Nutrition, Bachelor's Degree Nutrition and Dietetics · 7 years of experience · Australia

If is consumed in excessive amount can cause abdominal pain and digestive issues due to higher amount of fibers and may contain also phytates.

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Disclaimer: This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors or nutritionists and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns. Medical advice varies across region. Advice from professionals outside your region should be used at your own discretion. Or you should contact a local health professional. 

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