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Sunday, July 24, 2011

The 10 Dirtiest Foods You're Eating

The 10 Dirtiest Foods You're Eating.  It's hardly a surprise any more when we read a news story on how contaminated our food sources are from GMO foods made from all sorts of bacteria, molds, etc. to slovenly practices in the cattle yards, hog farms, chicken farms and so forth.  Then you factor in filthy food processing plants, such as the peanut butter scare a year or so ago, and the canned tomato contamination that was willfully ignored by the president of one of the largest tomato processing company in the nation.  Then there is the pig blood meat paste that is injected into your hamburger you get at the local fast food joint, and the issue becomes monumental.  
On top of all that, don't forget that food servers are supposed to wash their hands after using the toilet, but you never know what is on their hands when a plate or sack of food is delivered to you. Worse, is when the food is contaminated through poor food storage practices, unclean hands, etc. and served to you in your own home.  People wonder why we are so sick all the time.  Read this article on filthy foods.
" ...a prime suspect... the norovirus, the most common cause of food poisoning in the world.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 200,000 Americans contract food poisoning every day. But Philip Tierno, Ph.D., a microbiologist at New York University medical center and author of The Secret Life of Germs, believes the actual number is closer to 800,000.
And in 4 of 5 of food poisoning cases, the attack happens at home—right (on the plate) under your nose.
"Everyone in this country will have at least one incident of sickness this year attributable to a foodborne virus, bacteria, or toxin," Tierno told Men’s Health.Except that most of us won't know what hit us. Like my colleague, we'll chalk up the usually mild symptoms—nausea, diarrhea, cramping—to a stomach bug that's going around."

"We asked Men's Health contributor Jim Gorman to help us identify the 10 dirtiest foods we put on our plates. His report is shocking, in that it reads like the average American’s grocery list. Read on for the dirt about your favorite foods—and how to protect yourself at the supermarket and your dinner table."
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The 10 Dirtiest Foods You're Eating reminds me of what my personal physician had told me many years ago, and that is to simply wash your hands before touching food no matter where you are. Never put food into your mouth if you have touched a doorknob, used the toilet and forgot to wash your hands, and never eat out of season.   One of the things we forget is that foods grown out of this country have different standards of cleanliness.  Workers in the fields often do not have access to facilities and are forced to use the area grounds where they labor instead of a regular toilet.  Those germs and microbes in the soil are on the foods and unless you are extremely careful to wash the foods BEFORE consuming them, you are subject to any disease on the produce.

People also forget that bananas have germs on their skins and when you peel them and touch the fruit inside with hands made unclean by whatever is on the skin,  you have another source for disease to enter your body.  Educating children from a very early age to wash hands before putting food into their mouths is a life long health habit that any conscious parent must teach their children for their own health sake.  

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