Here's the skinny on sprouts in a nutshell: sprouts are very healthy, but can be breeding grounds for bacteria. Bacteria thrive in warm, wet environments, which is the very environment in which sprouts are grown. Many outbreaks of food borne illness associated with sprouts have occurred in recent years. The biggest offenders are E. coli and Salmonella, but Listeria can also be an issue. If you experience nausea, diarrhea, fever or stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after consuming sprouts, they are likely the culprit.
There's no reliable way to see or smell if your sprouts are harboring unpleasant bacteria. Fortunately, proper washing and cooking of sprouts will kill the harmful bacteria. Those with weakened immune systems, children, the elderly, and pregnant women should not eat raw or lightly cooked sprouts. Sprouts should be thoroughly washed and cooked to ensure bacteria is killed.
In addition to proper cooking, be sure to maintain food safety standards when handling or consuming sprouts. Only buy fresh sprouts that have been properly refrigerated. Don't buy sprouts that smell musty or appear slimy. Wash your hands thoroughly before consuming sprouts. Consider washing sprouts in a solution like CitroBio Fresh Food Wash.
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