Veggies More Dangerous Than Beef
At least when it comes to carrying diseases
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2014 12:28 PM CDT
A variety of fruits and vegetables are displayed for sale at a market in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – An apple a day keeps the doctor away—unless, of course, it's carrying a disease. Turns out that vegetables and fruits are actually worse than beef and pork when it comes to making people sick, reports Bloomberg, based on a CDC paper from last year. Experts looked at illnesses and hospitalizations from various kinds of foods between 1998 and 2008. Healthy stuff, including fruits and vegetables, accounted for some 46% of illnesses.

Leafy vegetables were responsible for the most illnesses, while dairy was responsible for the most hospitalizations. Beef ranked sixth in numbers of illnesses caused, behind fruits and nuts, and various vegetables; it ranked seventh in hospitalizations. Pork ranked even lower in both cases. But don't think the CDC is giving you an excuse to opt for a burger over broccoli: "Other factors, such as the health benefits of consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables, must also be considered," the researchers say. (So if you're still determined to eat veggies, click to read about the top 10 "powerhouse" vegetables.)

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Henry Boneset
Jul 30, 2014 3:51 AM CDT
Your headline is obviously bought and paid for by the meat and dairy industry. It is a statement of fact and if someone doesn't read the whole story it comes across as a foregone conclusion. Newser should be a lot more unbiased in the design of their headlines,
Jul 29, 2014 9:43 PM CDT
There you have it vegetarians, been saying this for years.
Jul 29, 2014 8:44 PM CDT
People are not washing their fruits and veggies. When you cook your beef and pork it kills the bacteria and germs along with most of the nutritional value. Plus, barbecuing your meat products produce carcinogens (cancer causing agents). In addition, the fruits and veggies will not give you cancer and other diseases after long term use like the meat products will. So, simply wash your fruits and veggies and you will be far, far further ahead health wise.