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Does The Health Benefits Of Sprouts Beat The Risk?

A few foods considered to be “health foods” come with very high risks of some kind of harm, this is what I refer to as The Aspirin Effect. Aspirin can be used to prevent heart attacks, but it is equally as likely to give you a fatal stomach ulcer, so it has health benefits, but as a result also has increased risks that need to be taken into account.

Raw Milk is the same, often toted as a health food that can lower allergies in children who drink it, however, it is also related to tons of Salmonella outbreaks due to not being homogenized. So it has benefits, but it can also kill you.

Sprouts, such as Alfalfa and Mung Bean, can how be added to the list of health foods that can do this. Sprouts are very healthy and can be incorporated into many meals, but the latest outbreaks of Salmonella makes a conflicting view of safety. Since 1996, sprouts have been connected to at least 30 cases of foodbourne illnesses, most of which caused by Salmonella and E-coli. Some manufacturers have been known to use very unsanitary conditions in their plants, which certainly doesn’t help anything, only adding fuel to the fire that sprouts should have a warning label.

Salmonella and E-coli can grow rather easily in sprouts due to the warm environment needed for them to grow, so even a small amount of bacteria can grow rather quickly in that environment. This is why the FDA doesn’t even recommend sprouts that are grown at home as safe for consumption.

Even washing the sprouts in chemicals did not entirely get rid of the risk, which is why many people are advocating for warning labels for the pregnant, elderly, young, and those with compromised immune systems. The final conclusion from the FDA is to simply avoid these foods at all costs if possible.