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While sprouts are practically the poster child for healthy food, they are also highly vulnerable to bacterial contamination. "The seeds sprout in warm, moist conditions. It's like a spa for bacteria," says Klein.

The FDA and CDC recommend that the elderly, young children, and those with weakened immune systems avoid eating raw sprouts.

And healthy people should take an extra note of caution as well. "Raw sprouts are just too dangerous," says Klein. "If you're really committed to your sprouts, just saute them before adding them to anything."

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