September 21, 2015

The American Dietetic Association (ADA www.eatright.org) says that the body's defenses against bacteria and serious illness weaken with age, leaving us more vulnerable to food-borne illness or food poisoning as we get older. The National Institutes of Health urges seniors, because of their lowered defenses against food contamination, to avoid the following foods:

  • Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish or seafood
  • Unpasteurized or raw milk, milk products and juices
  • Raw or partially cooked eggs and foods made with raw eggs such as cookie dough and cake batter, protein milkshakes and Caesar salad dressing
  • Hot dogs and luncheon meats, unless reheated until steaming hot or 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert, unless labeled made with pasteurized milk”
  • Uncooked sprouts, such as bean, alfalfa, clover or radish
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