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Are Sprouts Really Dangerous?


With so many food recalls filling your produce bins at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed recurring warnings on one product in particular—spouts! Are they really one of the most risky foods at the market?

Let’s explore the health benefits versus the dangers of buying and eating raw sprouts…

1. What are Sprouts?

Sprouts are the tiny tender shoots of germinated seeds—such as alfalfa, mung bean, broccoli, and pea that have just begun to grow. They are typically less than a week old. Lesser seen raw sprouts can be found in lentil, garbanzo, pumpkin, sunflower and other sprout varieties.

While raw sprouts offer a ton of nutritional, enzymatic, and digestive properties— the seemingly crunchy, juicy, and delicious veggie can be very dangerous due to how they are grown—in environments ideal for bacteria growth.

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