The surprising food behind urinary tract infections

If you've ever suffered from a urinary tract infection (UTI), then you know how NOT FUN they can be. For years we've been told that they're caused by internal bacteria (meaning that it's our own fault if we get it), but a new study by the CDC has found that they may actually be caused by eating chicken.

That's right: your UTI may actually be caused by chicken.

How crazy is that? I'm a big fan of poultry but learning that my arroz con pollo (or, even worse, trips to Pollo Tropical) can cause serious pain to my nether regions pain is scary news. So what is it about chicken that causes the UTIs?

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The new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on what's actually causing urinary tract infections and found that 85% of UTI's are caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli (E.coli) and that the strain matches the bacteria found in chicken.

Although they say that the bacteria probably came from the chicken itself, instead of human contamination during the food preparation process, they stress a lot of concern about antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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I recently saw a quote that said "the food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison." Although it was said about a person's health and weight, I think it really applies in this case. It seems that badly cooked, toxic chicken may be to blame for many women's UTIs, so we need to be more careful. At least until the CDC can figure out a way from stopping this.

If you suffer from UTIs, will you be cutting back on your chicken consumption to see if that helps?

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