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To Sprout or Not?

Anyone who eats raw sprouts, or lightly cooked mung bean sprouts, is at risk for exposure to E. coli or Salmonella bacteria. Seeds need a dark and moist environment to sprout, so the sprouting process provides ideal conditions for bacteria to grow.

It's a toss up because sprouts are really healthy for you though. They are a living food, so even after you refrigerate them, they will continue to grow slowly and their vitamin content will actually increase. Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods that exist - rich with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes.

If you buy them, choose crisp-looking sprouts with the buds attached - avoid musty-smelling, dark or slimy-looking sprouts. If you keep them in the fridge too long, because their roots stay moist, they can get moldy, so try to eat them right away.

Fit's Tips: Since you never know how old sprouts are when you buy them at the store, you could always grow your own. Buy your seeds and sprouters at Unfortunately, this doesn't cut your risk because the seeds themselves could be contaminated.

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katie225 katie225 10 years
oh, btw, i've ordered from for my bird, and they are very nice! i bought a sprouter from them that works wonders, and their seeds are soooo fresh!
katie225 katie225 10 years
my little parrot loves to eat sprouts! it's funny, my bird eats healthier than me. and everything i make him could totally be eaten by me, it's all fresh veggies and lettuce and sprouts.
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 10 years
The last time I had sprouts, I had a demo in photo later that afternoon and I got really dizzy all of the sudden and ran to the bathroom. I woke up on the floor of one of the stalls 15 minutes later, but it felt like hours. I don't know if it actually was the sprouts....but I haven't had them since. Sucks....I loved them.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I love sprouts...I quit eating them, as advised, while I was pregnant but never really understood why. Now I do.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
blah, yuck! Me no likey sprouts.
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