There’s nothing fun about food poisoning, which can leave one feeling absolutely awful for hours, even days at a time. In some cases food poisoning can even be life-threatening, which is why it’s important to know what causes such excruciating reactions.
The key to preventing food poisoning is knowing which foods are dangerous and how to consume those foods without getting sick. Overall, it’s important to be aware of the risk, but to avoid letting a fear of food poisoning dominate our diets…
There’s no denying that leafy greens are some of the healthiest foods available. From lettuce to endive, spinach, kale, arugula and chard, they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and other components that keep our bodies healthy and us feeling energetic.
But there’s danger here, primarily where greens are exposed to manure, dirty water, or unwashed hands. In fact, there have been hundreds of illness outbreaks affecting thousands of people in just the past two decades. The key is to carefully and thoroughly wash your greens before serving them, thereby removing unseen bacteria and dirt.