If you’ve ever had food poisoning you know it can be a terrible experience that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Well, maybe you would, but it’s still something that everyone wants to avoid. Is there a way to never get food poisoning again? Probably not. But there are some foods you can avoid that are more likely to cause food poisoning. Here’s the rundown!
All About Food Poisoning
According to the CDC, one in six Americans will get food poisoning every year. Of those 48 million people, 128,000 are admitted to the hospital and 3,000 die. How do so many people get sick? Well, modern industrialized food processing has created a lot of opportunities for foodborne illnesses to find their way right to your dining room table.
Foods to Avoid
Some foods are just riskier than others when it comes to food poisoning. Here are the foods to avoid and some of them may surprise you:
- Raw milk. This is milk that has not been pasteurized and because of that, it can be teeming with viruses, bacteria, and even parasites. Food poisoning outbreaks are not uncommon with raw milk as the culprit.
- Packaged juices. Unpasteurized juice can also be a problem, and have been known to be the source of E. coli outbreaks.
- Raw bean sprouts. These are commonly found on sandwiches and in salads, but raw bean sprouts have been behind food poisoning outbreaks for many years. So, if you’re a fan of any kind of sprout it’s best to cook it first.
- Pre-cut fruits and vegetables. This one may surprise you, but pre-cut or pre-washed fruits and veggies are handled in factories and have more of an opportunity to become contaminated. Think about how many people get sick from bagged salad every year.
- Rare meat. Ground meat can be a huge source of pathogens that will make you sick. When the meat is ground anything that is on the surface of the meat will be ground in. So, if you eat burgers make sure to get them well done.
- Raw eggs. It can be tempting to lick cake batter out of the bowl, but you better think twice about it. Salmonella can make you very sick and it happens to be found in raw eggs.
- Raw oysters. Not surprising, right? Oysters are filter feeders and will pick up anything that is in the water, so that makes them prime candidates for passing on pathogens to you.
It’s nearly impossible to never contract a foodborne illness, but you can try to minimize your chances by knowing what to avoid and how to cook your food properly.
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