5. Leafy Greens.
You might think that undercooked chicken or shady shellfish would be the biggest culprit of food poisoning. Not so. Food-borne illnesses are linked to leafy greens more than any other type of food. Between 1998 and 2008, according to published research, 2.1 million Americans became sick after eating spinach, kale and other leafy greens. It’s important to note, however, that, while leafy greens have caused more illness, more serious illnesses are linked to meat, poultry and dairy products. You might have an upset stomach from that raw spinach salad, but you’re less likely to end up in the hospital from it raw chicken.
If you don’t want to skip your daily dose of greens, make sure to wash them thoroughly, and, if you can, try to cook them as much as possible.