30 percent of the globally produced food goes to waste due to lack of knowledge and incorrect handling, transport or storage. That is why it is very important to educate yourself and know how to best store your food and what food needs to be consumed before the expiration date. In this article you will find 8 types of food you need to pay extra attention to when it comes to expiration dates.
Sprouts are immensely vulnerable and unpredictable and therefore have a very short shelf life. Sprouts can have many health benefits, like strengthening the immune system, promoting digestion and reducing stomach aches. However, sprouts need to be used with caution as they can contain bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, including the dangerous EHEC variant.
This is because germination takes place under moist and warm conditions during which bacteria can grow easily. Besides, in large-scale cultivation, the seeds are contaminated during the harvesting of the field, transport or storage. The conditions for bacterial growth are also ideal during germination of the seeds as small amounts of, for example, EHEC can then quickly grow to a pathogenic level. Keep the sprouts in the fridge for up to two or three days. Due to all the potential dangers, it is advised to always wash and cook sprouts before consuming them as heat will kill the bacteria.