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If You're Over 65, Never Do This With Your Produce, Experts Say

Best Life Logo By Lauren Gray of Best Life | Slide 1 of 5: Fruits and vegetables are a staple of any healthy diet. Yet sometimes, raw produce can contain harmful germs that spread foodborne illness, such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Norovirus, and more. If not handled with care, your produce can contaminate your whole meal with these potentially life-threatening bacteria, causing serious consequences. And that's especially true for people over 65, who are at an increased risk for food poisoning and other foodborne illness."Older adults in general are more likely to have severe illness [from food poisoning] that could land them in the hospital," Patricia Griffin, MD, chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the AARP. Almost half of those who are 65 and older with a confirmed foodborne illness end up hospitalized, according to the CDC.That's exactly why it's so important to follow a set of simple safety protocols every time you handle raw fruits and vegetables—and to avoid the pitfalls that put you at risk. Read on to find out which one mistake you should never make with your produce, and what to do instead.RELATED: If You're Over 65, Never Drink This While Eating, New Study Says.Read the original article on Best Life.

If You're Over 65, Never Do This With Your Produce, Experts Say

Fruits and vegetables are a staple of any healthy diet. Yet sometimes, raw produce can contain harmful germs that spread foodborne illness, such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Norovirus, and more. If not handled with care, your produce can contaminate your whole meal with these potentially life-threatening bacteria, causing serious consequences. And that's especially true for people over 65, who are at an increased risk for food poisoning and other foodborne illness.

"Older adults in general are more likely to have severe illness [from food poisoning] that could land them in the hospital," Patricia Griffin, MD, chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the AARP. Almost half of those who are 65 and older with a confirmed foodborne illness end up hospitalized, according to the CDC.

That's exactly why it's so important to follow a set of simple safety protocols every time you handle raw fruits and vegetables—and to avoid the pitfalls that put you at risk. Read on to find out which one mistake you should never make with your produce, and what to do instead.

RELATED: If You're Over 65, Never Drink This While Eating, New Study Says.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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