Food poisoning is a health hazard endured by many around the world. Despite all the washing, rinsing and boiling, somehow foods have a tendency to cause a rumbly stomach and in extreme cases, death. In most cases, Salmonella, and E. Coli are the usual suspects but bouts of Hepatitis A, Listeria and other viruses are also common causes of food poisoning. So let’s rundown the list of 6 foods most likely to cause food poisoning and perhaps you would be better prepared to ward off anything unwanted in your plate.
1) Leafy Green Vegetables:
We often consume leafy green vegetables as salads at home or at restaurants. Since these vegetables are often uncooked, if they are not washed thoroughly they can lead to food poisoning very easily. It is a good idea to rinse them once with tepid hot water before finally washing down with cold water.
2) Canned Fishes:
Canned Tuna, Mackerel and Sardines are a delicacy enjoyed by many but these canned fishes are susceptible to Scombrotoxin, a Histamin based toxin that can lead to vomiting, nausea, headache and cramps. The toxin might be produced in the fish at any time from processing to storing to consumption. It is a good idea to store the fish in fridge as soon as you get home.
Berries are tasty, especially when eaten fresh. But both and fresh berries are can cause food poisoning and lead to Hepatitis A outbreaks. In order to enjoy your berries without any worries, make sure to wash them again and again, even if you get frozen berries from supermarket.
4) Raw Meat:
Any kind of raw meat, especially chicken can cause a number of complex and deadly food poisoning. In order to ensure your meat is safe, wash the meat carefully a couple of time and also wash the utensils that came in contact with the meat. To ward off serious infections such as avian flu, boiling the meat at 120 degrees centigrade should be sufficient.
Sprouts are a risky proposition when it comes to food poisoning as they are hard to clean thoroughly. Sprouts are mostly found in tropical conditions making it ideal for bacterial contamination. Nowadays many experts suggest avoiding sprouts in your diet.
6) Poached/Raw Eggs:
Sunny side up eggs are favored by many. They not only look good but they test good as well. Raw or poached egg, however, contain considerable Salmonella contamination risk. Salmonella can cause serious levels of upset stomach and cause a trip to hospital. It is better to go for boiled or scrambled eggs.
For most of these foods, proper cleaning, boiling and buying from a reputable source is sufficient to prevent food poisoning. Try to avoid these foods to some extent if possible, else concentrate more on washing than eating because it is not worth a trip to the hospital for a poached egg or a can of Tuna.