A low-bacteria diet does not have foods that are most likely to have bacteria or other infection-causing microorganisms.
If you have problems with your immune system, this diet will lower your risk of getting sick from eating food. You may need this diet before and after some cancer treatments.
Bacteria and other harmful microorganisms are most likely to be in raw or fresh foods. These microorganisms are destroyed when you cook food well. For example, fresh veggies should be cooked until tender, meats should be cooked until well-done, and eggs should be cooked until the yolk is firm.
Some foods like milk are treated with a method known as pasteurization. It briefly exposes food to high heat to kill bacteria without cooking the food. Look for dairy products, juices, and ciders that have the word “pasteurized” on the label.
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Here are some tips for eating a low-bacteria diet. Think about talking with a dietitian to learn more about this diet and how to make changes.
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Eat Right—Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Last reviewed July 2021 by
EBSCO Medical Review BoardDianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 7/26/2021