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What is the problem with eating alfalfa sprouts?

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Dr. David Lemme
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Alfalfa sprouts: Alfalfa sprouts are high in protein and easily digestible, making them a good food. I am not aware of any problems with eating them, as long as they are fresh and have not spoiled.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Occasionally batches are recalled due to (suspected) contamination with Salmonella or Listeria, but such occurrences are relatively uncommon.
Jul 1, 2012
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Basically I agree with Dr. Lemme; however, Johns Hopkins Lupus Center states, "Alfalfa sprouts contain an amino acid called L-canavanine that can increase inflammation in people with lupus by stimulating the immune system. As a result, people with lupus and similar autoimmune conditions should avoid alfalfa sprouts completely."
Jul 1, 2012
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Salmonella: They have been found in the past to be sources of salmonella infections.
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