Food poisoning is an unpleasant experience, with diarrhea, cramps and dehydration affecting the patient. If you thought you could only suffer from it after eating out, think again. Eating fresh produce at home can also cause food poisoning. Here are five high risk foods:
1. Green Vegetables: These hardy greens are full of fissures, which house germs. If washed improperly and eaten raw, these greens can easily make you sick.
Tip: Soak them in bowl of cold water for 3-5 minutes, then rinse them thoroughly under running water. Here’s how to have your greens and relish them too.
2. Raw Eggs: Salmonella bacteria contaminate eggs even before they are hatched and are virtually undetectable. Eating raw eggs infected with this bacteria can cause salmonellosis, a type of food poisoning.
Tip: Eat only cooked eggs.
3. Oysters: Oysters are usually eaten raw, which puts them at high risk of causing food poisoning, depending on the type of water they have been sourced from.
Tip: Buy them only from trusted sources and make sure they don’t smell foul or rotten. Here are some creative ideas to eat your oysters as shooters or better still, indulge in some creamy oyster chowder.
4. Frozen Berries: Since berries are usually consumed with the skin on, it is very important to wash them thoroughly before you eat. While we generally wash fresh berries, the frozen variety is generally assumed to be clean. However, the department of health has recorded multiple cases of Hepatitis A virus infection in people who consumed frozen mixed berries.
Tip: Wash frozen berries by soaking them in water for 5-10 minutes and then rinsing them in running water. We give you some berry good ways to eat healthy. Browse these five delicious ways to include more of this superfruit in your diet.
5. Tuna: All fish, especially tuna, if not stored at the right temperature starts producing histamine, a compound that initiates its decaying process. It is likely to cause scombroid poisoning, common symptoms of which include cramps and headaches.
Tip: Always store it in the refrigerator. Try spicy tuna tartare or hemp crusted ahi tuna.