As anyone who has experienced food poisoning knows, when you have it you will do anything to get rid of it! So the best case scenario is to avoid getting it in the first place. How can you do that? What steps can you take to make sure you do not fall prey to food poisoning? Let us look at the main foods you will want to be careful about eating if you hope to keep yourself feeling well …
1. Raw Meat. The first is quite obvious. Raw chicken and beef are the largest culprits of harboring bacteria that can lead to food poisoning and severe stomach cramps. You will need to be cautious when handling raw meat, but also be careful about how well it is cooked.
Beef you can be a bit more flexible with, but you always want your chicken as well done as possible.
2. Eggs. Eggs are another item to cause people grief. With eggs, not only do you need to be sure you do not eat them raw but that any food containing eggs has not been left out at room temperature for too long. This includes food like potato salad or any recipe that may hold hard-boiled eggs. It is easy to overlook the fact eggs may be in a prepared recipe and think it is okay to sit out.
When in doubt, toss it out. If you do not know how long a particular food has been sitting, it is not worth the risk to eat.
3. Leafy Greens. While it is important to eat up when it comes to your fruit and vegetables, you do need to be careful as these can harbor unfriendly bacteria that can leave you doubled over in pain.
Of particular importance are leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, and cage. These may become contaminated by harmful bacteria including E. Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria, all of which can quickly lead you down a path to being unwell. To reduce the risk you experience unwanted symptoms, make sure you wash all these foods thoroughly before eating them.
4. Fish. Finally, while you may love to go for sushi with your friends, be extra careful when you do. Sushi has the potential to be loaded with harmful bacteria that could have you vomiting and as a result, become dehydrated.
The problem with sushi is when it is not fresh. If the sushi is prepared and let stand for an hour or so before it is served, this is when it becomes questionable. A good sushi restaurant will prepare the fish and then serve it to you right away. That is what you want.
There you have a few of the top foods most likely to lead to food poisoning. If you are serving any of these, be sure you are taking extra care to avoid illness.