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I just got a package of alfalfa sprouts and have been eating them on many things. Howver, I had a vague memory of my mom saying sprouts were a health hazard. I googled it and found this:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://medicalreporter.health.org/tmr0799/sprouts.html" target="_blank">http://medicalreporter.health.org/tmr0799/sprouts.html</a><br><br><br><br>
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I have been eating alfalfa sprouts forever. Nothing has happened to me yet. Sprouts are full of enyzmes. They are good for you - don't cook them like the article says. I always feel great after eating them!<br><br><br><br>
This report is from 1999. Did you find anything more recent? Maybe this was an isolated incident.
 

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If I remember my food safety training, in a salad bar salmonela and ecoli are found in the sprouts more often and in greater amounts than in any other veggie or fruit. That being said, I usually do eat the sprouts at a salad bar and so far I've never come down with food poisoning. I always think about it, though, as I'm piling the sprouts on my plate, and know I'm taking a risk.<br><br><br><br>
I imagine if you're eating sprouts that you've either sprouted yourself or have purchased from a grocery that has a regular turnover for their sprouts, you'll be okay.
 

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I buy locally-grown organic sprouts from a place I trust -- I'm confident that they're careful about handling to prevent contamination. I don't buy sprouts from the grocery store unless they're the sort I intend to cook.
 

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I have seed sprouting lids that fit on wide mouth canning jars. They are available on-line or at health food stores. Making your own sprouts is cheap and easy.
 

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I think sprouts are something you should be cautious about - make sure they are fresh, from a trusted source or sprouted at home. But they are way too tasty and nutritious to stop eating/avoid.<br><br><br><br>
Unfortunatley sprouts have earned a bad rap, especially here in Ontario there was a big batch of e-coli contaminated sprouts that got sold to the public and quite a few people got sick. During that time grocery stores stopped carying them as did most restaurants...they're back in stores/restaurants now but sometimes can be harder to find.
 

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In theory, you can catch a food-borne illness from just about any food. It's sickening, considering the largest source of food contamination is animal feces. Raw animal feces has no business beng in contact with sprouts or any other food. I consider it a sign of how screwed up our food processing and distribution system is. But we can't really stop eating, can we? The best we can do is be careful about where our food comes from and how we handle it.
 

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The way it was explained to me, sprouts germinate best under the same conditions that some pathogens (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella) flourish under. The moisture and temperature are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, which multiply unchecked to high levels. People with compromised immune systems should generally avoid raw sprouts.
 

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i guess sprouts are safe-i mean look at the green colour, what i know is the dark green veggies contain a lot of iron.<br><br>
well, i found something about brussel sprouts and thought of adding it here to the thread.try the link below<br><br><a href="http://www.imsickofbeingfat.com/forum/2304-brussel-spouts.html" target="_blank">brussel sprouts</a><br><br>
hope its helpful!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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Alfalfa sprouts contain canavanine; an arginine analog which is incorporated into bodily proteins in place of arginine and causes these proteins to malfunction. Canavanine is a known mutagen and carcinogen for this reason. I personally love alfalfa sprouts, but I eat them in extreme moderation.
 

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You're better off to leave out alfalfa sprouts or eat them in moderation. Clover sprouts and other kinds of sprouts are safer. Personally, I don't trust the ones at the store, but I grow my own and I work at Hippocrates, where they grow their own sprouts, and that is perfectly safe.
 

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Sprouts are like eggs. You can choose to eat them yourself raw and take the small chance that you will be on the toilet all night. Feeding them raw to elderly people or young children is negligent, however.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sky22</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
i guess sprouts are safe-i mean look at the green colour, what i know is the dark green veggies contain a lot of iron.<br><br>
well, i found something about brussel sprouts and thought of adding it here to the thread.try the link below<br><br><a href="http://www.imsickofbeingfat.com/forum/2304-brussel-spouts.html" target="_blank">brussel sprouts</a><br><br>
hope its helpful!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"></div>
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2 things:<br><br><br><br>
1. I'm not entirely sure that brussel sprouts are in the same catagory as say, alfalfa sprouts or mung bean sprouts.<br><br><br><br>
2. That link you gave is very triggering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 
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