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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

top foods that make us sick with e coli



thats a nasty looking bug
e coli is short for escherichia coli
its found in our intestinal tract as well as animals intestinal tract
it can contaminated processed foods and cause a bad case of the gis with vomiting and diarrhea and in some cases death

it gets in our foods in the growing or processing process or food preparation or serving

in meat it comes from contamination during the processing of the meats
in veggies it can be contaminated during the growing process from animal wastes used as fertilizer or in animal wastes contaminating the growing field
in food processing it can contaminate the food as its cleaned and processed

for us
if we get these bad e coli in our system
well we can get sick
the immunosuppressed or elderly or younger folks can get the sickest

recently a list of the top 7 commonly contaminated foods were listed and written about in this article linked here

1 raw meat
just cook it good thats why if i eat meat i like it well done
that way i know its cooked enough
this is especially true of chicken
use a meat thermometer
if i see pink i know i might sink 

2 leafy veggies
how does this happen
contaminated water or not well composted compost or contamination in the packaging
my question is
is that triple washed salad mix really safe
ive been known to wash it a fourth time
a lot of our leafy greens come from my garden which is safe from contamination

3 sprouts
i dont worry about this since we rarely eat them
contamination occurs in growing and packaging and processing for meals

4 unpasteurized milk
the germs can get in the milk from the cows udders during milking
pasteurizing milk heats it up enough to kill germs
i know folks who drink this 
i choose not to 
ok i dont ever drink milk

5 unpasteurized cheese
same as milk
pasteurizing it kills the germs

6 unpasteurized juice and cider
i dont drink either so im not worried
apparently the fruits used can get contaminated with e coli

7 flour
sorry i wouldnt think of this 
flour can get contaminated during growing the grains or in processing it
dont eat raw cookie dough
dont eat flour food unless its been cooked
i repeat dont eat raw cookie dough

wash your hands with soap and water
wash your veggies well yes even if they are triple washed
cook your meat using a meat thermometer
keep your counter tops cleaned off
wash your hands after preparing food

watch for recalls
eg i remember the big recall of spinach a few years ago
as well as other leafy greens that were contaminated during the growing process from contaminated animal waste nearby
the e coli was grown in if you will into the leafy greens so you couldnt wash it off
that produce had to be all thrown away

during this spinach recall you couldnt find spinach
at that time i had loads of malibar spinach growing it my garden
friend eagerly sought out our spinach

we safely follow all these recommendations so we wont get sick
ive seen my wife she take a bite out of cookie dough

all i could say to her if she got sick 
what did you learn

the organicgreen doctor

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