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  • cilantro damages DNA?

    http://news.curiouscook.com/2010/04/...-cilantro.html



    Reyes, M. R. et al. Mutagenicity and safety evaluation of water extract of coriander sativum leaves. J. Food Science 2010, 75:T6-T12.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01403.x

  • #2
    Originally posted by GFCFEF View Post
    http://news.curiouscook.com/2010/04/...-cilantro.html



    Reyes, M. R. et al. Mutagenicity and safety evaluation of water extract of coriander sativum leaves. J. Food Science 2010, 75:T6-T12.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01403.x
    Very interesting. There is no way my mother stopped eating cilantro while she was pregnant with me (or any of my siblings) and I turned out just fine.

    I'm sure there are a LOT of people who will be happy to hear that cilantro is bad for them... people who didn't eat it in the first place.

    I HATED the stuff as a kid but I love it now.

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    • #3
      Interesting... not that I planned on taking a cilantro extract any time soon, and I don't think you can really apply any of their findings to fresh cilantro, or probably even dried cilantro as used in food.

      The science seems good and they don't overstate the implications, which is nice. One thing I'd like to see is cilantro extract compared to OTHER edible/medicinal plant extracts - maybe there are compounds in all of them that would have this effect in these high concentrations. I don't know enough about plant extracts to know if there's a wide body of literature on that.
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      • #4
        I'm not surprised. Lots of plant compounds damage DNA. It's good as long as they only damage a little bit and your cells pick up the pace on repair as a result. It does make one wonder whether all these various plant extracts and supplements are wise, though.
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        • #5
          I use a metric ton of cilantro, and I not not sweating this at all ;-)

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          • #6
            Cilantro tastes like pennies made out of soap. There's no way it could be good for you

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            • #7
              Life is inevitably fatal.

              Sooze

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              • #8
                NOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooo. Cilantro is like my favourite herb to use in taco salads, tortilla-less enchiladas and stuffed tri-tip roasts (which i bbq instead)....
                "The first wealth is health."
                - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                • #9
                  This in no way bothers me as I share the same opinion as LX - cilantro tastes like something you shouldn't be eating! (IMHO of course)

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                  • #10
                    Whaaat??? Like Kuno, I eat tons of it. Infact, this is the only herb that's ALWAYS there in my fridge!

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                    • #11
                      another Pseudo Science Article... Lot of them lately. Mostly along Fat Dietitians and Obese Nutritionists

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                      • #12
                        Chicken Jalfrezi without Cilantro, is like a day without sunshine.
                        My boy would be all pouty-faced ;-)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LX View Post
                          Cilantro tastes like pennies made out of soap. There's no way it could be good for you
                          LX, the reason Cilantro tastes like soap to you (and many other people) is that you have a genetic difference that makes you smell/taste it differently to people who like it. I think there may be some enzyme involved - I'm afraid I can't find the reference, but if you google it a bit, you'll probably find some facts.

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                          • #14
                            This isn't pseudo science, but like all scientific findings, it has to be taken in context. Lots of plants do this. They nonetheless have a net beneficial effect in people without significant DNA repair defects.
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                            • #15
                              Good thing I don't use it ;-)
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