Playing chicken with disease

Cooking kills bacteria, but uncooked meat or poultry is coated with bacteria that get on any surface they contact. The University of Arizona found more bacteria from feces in the kitchen than in the toilet. According to Dr. Greger, “In a meat-eater’s house it may be safer to lick the rim of the toilet seat than the kitchen countertop. Chicken ‘juice’ is essentially raw fecal soup.”

Current studies reveal that women who eat chicken can have E. coli infections in their lower intestines and the E. coli can migrate into the bladder, causing recurring urinary tract infections. Avoiding eating poultry may help prevent chronic bladder infections.

Salmonella is another food poisoning that can sometimes be fatal. You can get salmonella both from eating undercooked chicken and from eating eggs. Salmonella can even infect the ovaries of chickens so the eggs they lay have the bacteria within the eggs, not just on the outside of them. Eggs cooked sunny-side up, over easy, or lightly scrambled may hold uncooked bacteria that can make you ill.