Is Your Grocery Store Making You Sick?

When you enter your grocery store, you might not realize you’re exposing yourself to germs, food borne illnesses and other health hazards.

The dangers are many.

For example, did you know that 50% of shopping carts are carrying living cultures of the E. coli bacteria? When ingested, these bacteria can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue. If E. coli gets on your hands from your shopping cart, you’re in danger of it making its way from your hands to your food and from your food into your system.

Another risk is lurking in the produce department. Your grocery store likely mists your produce to keep in looking fresh and inviting, but that water can lead to friendly conditions for bacteria and fungus to grow. That means your clean, fresh looking produce could harbor a nasty surprise.

And those reusable grocery bags that environmentalists put such pressure on you to use… They’re germ traps. The germs they harbor can contaminate your hands or they can directly contaminate the food you put inside the bags. Either way, there’s a good chance those germs make it into your next meal.

You can protect yourself from grocery store dangers like these pretty easily. All it takes is a little vigilance.

Make sure you wipe down carts before you use them. Rinse produce thoroughly before you eat it. And wash your reusable grocery bags often.

To see more ways your grocery store might be increasing the chances you get sick — and what you can do to protect yourself, just go here.