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Don’t Use Raw Sprouts

Posted Sep 14 2011 8:33am

In the efforts to feed healthy blended foods to our g-tube fed dependents, we are always looking for “super foods” that will optimize their nutrition and give them the best opportunity to be healthy, right?  Well, raw sprouts – alfalfa, bean, chia, etc. – are NOT a good idea, according to this article I read on Medscape.com:

“Hello, I am Dr. Raj Mody. I am an internal medicine and pediatric clinician and infectious disease epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). I am glad to have the opportunity to talk with you about sprouts, and the risks they pose to health, as part of the  CDC Expert Video Commentary Series  on Medscape. So-called sproutbreaks have occurred every year in the United States since at least 1995 and have taught us that sprouts are a risky food to eat. Sprouts were found to be the cause of a devastating outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infections in Europe this summer. Ultimately, this outbreak caused more than 4000 illnesses, more than 900 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, and 50 deaths.

Why are sprouts a risky food, you might ask? Some people think of them as the ultimate healthy food fresh and natural. In fact, raw sprouts can be anything but safe. Lessons from outbreaks have taught us that it is a good idea for people who want to lower their risk for foodborne infection to cook raw sprouts or avoid eating them raw.

Here is what we have learned:

Lesson 1: A sprouted seed is a perfect vehicle for pathogens.” 

To read more of this article and watch the video, go here .

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