Health Watch - Dangerous Food: Toxic Foods

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how sometimes even nutritious foods can be bad for you. People may be allergic to certain foods. Or there may be a problem with the food. It seems like most of the outbreaks of food-borne illness involve the kinds of foods we’re supposed to eat. That makes a nutritious diet sound dangerous.

Studies show that the foods most likely to cause food-borne illness are among the most nutritious foods, including eggs, leafy greens, tuna, sprouts, tomatoes and berries. Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this doesn’t mean you should give up these foods. Instead, you should make sure you wash foods carefully and cook and store them properly. It’s also important to buy food from a reputable supplier. You don’t need special produce washes to clean food. They aren’t any more effective than a thorough wash in cold water. Also wash your hands before handling food.


July 2011

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