You were eating your delicious favorite food, when suddenly you felt a terrible cramps in your stomach. You wonder what you have just ingested - what is food or a poison?
Several foods may not be safe to eat. Bacteria, preparation, source, and metal contents are some of the factors that contribute to its danger. Although the human body has its own natural defense mechanism to fight against those hazardous elements found in some foods, it is not all the time that the body can overcome those risks. There are instances that the immune system weakens thus becoming vulnerable to any exposure. The body's response towards toxins can either be slow or fast depending on the causative agent. Sometimes, you can't even feel that there is something wrong with you. The danger can spread all through out the body if not given proper intervention. It can also cause certain complications leading to any minor or major disability of functions. Moreover, in some cases, it can even lead you into death. To avoid any abnormal effects, you must be careful in eating any foods, whether you are familiar or not of it.
E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, and Vibrio are the bacteria that are mostly seen in the foods that are not well-prepared. Most often, these bacteria are common in raw and undercooked fish. Be careful when eating sushi as this is served with raw fish in it. Fish should be cooked at 145 degrees Fahrenheit to be certain that any bacteria or parasite that is in it are killed. Several kinds of fish as well like shark, swordfish, king mackarel, tilefish and some shellfish may not be safe to eat as they may contain high levels of mercury. Excessive intake of mercury can be toxic and can cause damage to brain, kidney, and lungs. Limit your intake of those fish of up to 12 ounces a week only and rather eat shrimp, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Sprouts like alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean must be thoroughly cooked too. Same as through with salads, oysters and clams, unpasteurized milk, cider and, juice, raw cookie dough and cake batter, and soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk. Bacteria can survive in those foods if not cooked and served properly, that if ingested and untreated, can often be fatal.
You must be careful also in eating hotdogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented or dried sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry. They may contain Listeria. Although Listeria infections to humans are too rare, this can be very dangerous because it has the ability to cause meningitis, early delivery in a pregnant woman, and infection and death of the baby. So before you eat those foods, they must be cooked into a 165 degrees Fahrenheit of heat first even though the label says the meat is precooked. Egg and egg products, home made ice cream, poultry and stuffing including ground pork can possibly be infected with Salmonella. If food with Salmonella is eaten, this can cause severe abdominal cramping, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. If not given proper treatment, other systems can be affected and death is also possible. Eggs must be cooked until yolks are firm and the others must undergo at least 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit heat to ensure safety against Salmonella. Meats are also one of the foods you should be careful of eating which includes beef, veal, lamb, and pork. They may have E. Coli in it, another harmful bacteria that may manifest signs, symptoms, and effects like of Salmonella. Meats must be cooked for at least 145-165 degrees Fahrenheit to be safe.
Knowledge and awareness of food safety are important. You will definitely would not like the unpleasant effects of eating unsafe foods. Therefore, you must be careful in choosing, buying, preparing, and eating any foods.