WARNING TO WEIGHT LOSS WATCHERS: Your Salad Diet May be Too Harmful

Published:April 22nd, 2010
(NaturalNews, April 2010) – For those obsessing to lose weight by eating salads for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – be warned. Recently, Consumer Reports have investigated that about 208 samples of bagged vegetables labeled as pre-washed or triple-washed contained bacteria usually found on feces. Though these vegetable samples did not contain the more dangerous types such as Salmonella or E-coli, about 40% contained high coliform levels reaching more than 10,000 CFU/g (colony forming units per gram) and the other 23% contained enterococcus exceeding the 10,000 CFU/g levels.
According to a consensus of industry experts, green leafy vegetables should only contain less than the 10,000 CFU/g mark for it to be categorized as “clean and acceptable”.
The contamination might have been caused by poor sanitation practices in the preparation and packaging of these bagged vegetable salads.
This development has not been found and confirmed to cause diseases, though the test results of such have manifested that these are not as clean and safe as claimed by their labels. Federal guidelines are stricter with raw meat, water, and processed foods, but not with produce such as vegetables. There had been findings gathered by the US Department of Agriculture that for every 4,000 samples of bagged vegetable salads, about 2 of them contained traces of Salmonella.
For those vegans obsessed with slimming and weight loss, these findings serve as an urgent warning about “pre-washed” vegetables. Meat might just be cleaner and healthier, but vegetable dieters must be extra cautious in following a strict vegetable regime – all for the glory of a gorgeous figure.

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