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Will this mushroom satisfy you for the rest of your life if you eat it once?

Claim:

There is a mushroom that, if eaten once, can satisfy a person for life.

Judgement:

False

Context

There is no such mushroom species that, if eaten, would satiate a person for life. This statement is intended as a pun. If someone eats a deadly mushroom, it would be the last meal until death. Furthermore, the viral image is of a generally non-poisonous (although bitter) mushroom.

Rumors of a type of mushroom that, if eaten just once, can nourish a person to death sound like fairy tales. a number of posts on social media (here, hereAnd here, for example) have made such claims, including a meme shared on Reddit on May 23, 2024, as shown below. At the time of this publication, the post had received more than 10,000 upvotes.

Well… no need for food after that
byu/RealCryWolf technically the truth

Snopes spoke to two mycologists who confirmed this claim technically True, but it’s intended as a pun. Certain types of mushrooms can very well feed a person for the rest of their lives if they are poisonous. That is, the fungus would belong to a person last meal before dying.

“This statement could technically be true if you ate a meal of deadly mushrooms. It would be your last meal, so yes, technically you would be fed for the rest of your very short life,” Natalie Wrenchairman of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, told Snopes.

“There is an old saying: there are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters. There are no old, bold mushroom hunters.”

For this reason, we have rated this claim as ‘false’. There is no non-poisonous species of mushroom that, if eaten, would satiate a person for the rest of his life.

Dave Laytonfirst vice president of the North American Mycological Societyidentified the mushroom in the photo on Reddit for Snopes, noting that it is known as a wrinkled peach, a scientific name Rhodotus palmatus.

although 2022 Research Notes While the mushroom is not necessarily poisonous, it is largely considered inedible due to its bitter and rubbery nature. The pink tinted R. palmatus grows on dead and rotting elm trees, according to the educational foraging company Wildfood UKand is found in many regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America, parts of Europe and Japan, notes the Global Biodiversity Information Facility database.

There are thousands of known species of mushrooms, but the medical reference website MedScape reports that about 100 species are responsible for most nonfatal poisonings when humans eat them. Only about 15 to 20 species of mushrooms can be fatal if ingested. Symptoms The incidence of mushroom poisoning depends on the type of toxin consumed and can include hallucinations, liver toxicity, acute gastroenteritis, and seizures.

If you got sick after eating a mushroom, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises you should contact a healthcare provider or call the poison control hotline, which can be reached in the US at 1-800-222-1222.

Sources

“Contacts.” North American Mycological Society, https://namyco.org/about/contacts/. Accessed May 23, 2024.

“At home.” North American Mycological Society, https://namyco.org/. Accessed May 23, 2024.

Joshuazz. “@SHIT Did you know there is a type of mushroom that, if you eat it just once, is enough to feed a person until the end of their life. The guy who wrote this after trying it: Made With.” iFunny Brazil, https://br.ifunny.co/picture/shit-did-you-know-there-is-a-kind-of-mushroom-nEi9I8c98. Accessed May 23, 2024.

MSSF Contact. https://www.mssf.org/contact.html. Accessed May 23, 2024.

Mushroom toxicity: practice essentials, pathophysiology, etiology. April 2023. eMedicinehttps://emedicine.medscape.com/article/167398-overview?form=fpf.

Mycological Society of San Francisco. https://www.mssf.org/. Accessed May 23, 2024.

Nutrition, Center for Food Safety and Applied. “Disease Research: Morel Mushrooms (May 2023).” FDAFebruary 2024. www.fda.govhttps://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/investigation-illnesses-morel-mushrooms-may-2023.

Rhodotus Palmatus. https://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wood/gilled%20fungi/species%20pages/Rhodotus%20palmatus.htm. Accessed May 23, 2024.

Rhodotus Palmatus (Bull.) Maire. https://www.gbif.org/species/2537058. Accessed May 23, 2024.

Tran, Huu H. and Andrew L. Juergens. “Mushroom Toxicity.” StatPearlsStatPearls Publishing, 2024. PubMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK537111/.