Beware cucumber lovers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports over 400 people have become ill and two deaths were caused by salmonella infection linked to cucumbers. The contaminated cucumbers were traced to imports from Mexico, and were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah, and possibly other states. If you have purchased cucumbers recently check with your grocer to confirm they are not from the contaminated source. Avoid cucumbers when eating out as a precaution.
People with kidney disease, especially those on dialysis, elderly people and young children are at the highest risk for becoming ill or even dying after consuming food contaminated with salmonella.
Kidney diets include cucumbers as a kidney-friendly vegetable choice. They are almost sodium-free, low in phosphorus, and have about 150 mg potassium for 1 cup, sliced with the peel. You can still enjoy fresh cucumbers, but before you purchase or consume them, be aware of where the cucumbers were grown and the distributor. Try one of these cucumber recipes with cucumbers grown locally to be safe.
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