Health officials have identified three food categories that are most prone to causing food poisoning: fresh fruits and vegetables, canned fruits and nuts, and processed food.
The new study found that in children who consumed processed foods daily for at least three months, up to 75 percent of cases were due to these food groups.
That includes up to 50 percent of children who were diagnosed with anaphylaxis, according to the researchers.
The study also found that, when compared to children who ate fruits and veggies regularly, children who drank water or tea at least weekly were more likely to have a food poisoning.
The researchers found that the risk of developing a food-borne illness, or food poisoning, rose as the children’s daily intake of certain food groups decreased.
The number of food groups that can cause food-related illness increased as the number of people who eat the foods increased.
For example, a daily intake greater than 4 cups of fresh fruit and vegetables was associated with an increased risk of food poisoning of up to 2.5 percent in children, compared to less than 1 cup of fruits and greens per day.
For children who eat at least 3 servings of fruits or vegetables daily, the risk for food poisoning increased by up to 6 percent, while the risk decreased to 0.3 percent for children who did not eat fruits and veg.
The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics.