Saturday, July 18, 2015

Facts Plus 10 Dirty Foods That Can Make You Sick

Did you know that in the United States, Farmers use 1.5 billion pounds of pesticides and that these pesticides end up in about 1/2 the food we eat? Why? Only about 1 percent of  food shipments in the US are tested for pesticides..

Kind of scary, isn't it?
Some Apple Growers use 24 different types of pesticides on apples!

In the beginning, doughnuts were made of raised dough and a nut was baked into the center...That is how the word "doughnut" came about!"  The doughnut was one of New England's earliest sweets, although it did not originate in New England.

Did you know that about 88% of all milk is water and only about 12% is solid
substance that has food value?

10 Dirty Foods That Can Make You Sick

1. Chicken

In one study cited by Men's Health, more than 40 percent of chicken samples contained bacteria that can sicken, including E. coli. 

2. Ground Beef

Simply because of the way ground beef is made through heavy processing, it has the potential to be loaded with deadly E. coli bacteria and more. 

3. Ground Turkey

One in four packages of ground turkey tested by Men's Health contained bacteria. This becomes a greater concern as more people substitute ground turkey for ground beef thinking it's a healthier alternative. 

4. Oysters

Beware of raw oysters! Many are tainted not only with bacteria, but also the Norovirus. 

5. Eggs

The incredible edible egg is also associated with more than 600,000 cases of food poisoning each year and more than 300 deaths. Cook eggs completely and never eat them raw. 

6. Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe rinds often contain dangerous bacteria that are hard to wash away. Cut through that rind with a knife and the bacteria can be transferred to the fruit. 

7. Peaches

This favorite juicy summer fruit is dangerous because the peach fuzz makes it difficult to clean off all the pesticides. 

8. Pre-Packaged Tossed Salads

These bagged salads are one of the greatest conveniences of the past decade, but they can also be one of the biggest sources of food poisoning since the contents are often contaminated with E. Coli, according to Men's Health. 

9. Cold Cuts

It looks like delicious shaved ham or turkey to you. But it could contain the dangerous bacteria Listeria, which is especially risky for infants and the elderly. 

Listeria can be spread by the deli slicer, and it can even grow in a cold refrigerator. What can you do? Experts advise you to transfer the deli meat to a fresh package when you get home and only buy enough for one week at a time. 

10. Scallions

If these green onions are left uncooked, they have the potential to become bacterial breeding grounds. They've also been linked to fatal outbreaks of Hepatitis-A.

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