30,000 Cases of Vegetables Infected by Listeria

Vegetables Infected by Listeria

In recent news 30,000 cases of precut mushrooms, onions, peppers, and other vegetables are being recalled in the Southeastern states because they've been found to be infected with listeria.

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It's good to eat your vegetables – they're loaded with age-reversing antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. If you only eat meat, you might end up deficient in these necessary nutrients. This is especially important for people who are still growing, like children and teens, which are the age groups where the body needs these nutrients the most to develop the brain and heart and grow strong bones and muscles.

But statistics show that less than 33 percent of teens and tweens eat fruits and vegetables everyday. Mayumi, a 15-year old girl in the U.K., says that despite being beautiful, she “hates eating vegetables.”

If you want to up your vegetable intake, be sure to do so wisely. Many health gurus advocate eating raw vegetables and fruits to up your nutrition – but that can be dangerous. Recent news warns you to take extra precautions if you're buying vegetables in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, The Carolinas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. About 30,000 cases of veggies were found to be infected with listeria. Listeria symptoms include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea

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Vegetables can be easily contaminated with disease-causing pathogens because they're in contact with the soil and animal manure.

How to Sterilize Raw Vegetables

You can still eat raw vegetables without worrying about getting sick. Here's what researchers found:

  • Storing your raw vegetables in cold temperatures (like in the fridge) kills more microbes before washing
  • Soaking your vegetables with a vinegar solution for 10 minutes before washing kills significantly more microbes, including listeria-causing bacteria

So if you're going to go raw, make sure to keep your vegetables in the fridge overnight before eating them. When you wash your vegetables the next day, soak them in vinegar then wash thoroughly with water.

Get healthier by eating fruits and vegetables everyday. If you're going raw, make sure to sterilize your veggies by putting them in the fridge and soaking with vinegar before eating.

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