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Foods That Can Cause Illness

Here are top 10 list foods that are potentially risky to cause food poisoning that made by The Center for Science in the Public Interest. It is very helpful to know the risky food, but you don’t have to avoid it at all because they are part of healthy diet. Here are the list:

1. Leafy greens
This list include lettuce, escarole, endive, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugula, and chard. This food can be contaminated by manure, dirty water rinses, or unwashed hands before you even buy them. To prevent sickness, wash the vegetables and prevent cross-contamination by washing hands and using separate cutting boards for meat and greens.

2. Eggs
Sickness from egg caused by Salmonella bacteria. To prevent from getting sick you must cook them before eating and avoid any products containing raw eggs.

3. Tuna
Tuna that contaminated by scombrotoxin caused flushing, headache, and cramps. The toxin is released by fish when it is stored above 60 degrees after being caught, and the toxin can’t be destroyed by cooking.

4. Oysters

In the ocean, oysters only do the filter feeding, and if the water is contaminated the oysters is contaminated too. Oysters still contains norovirus and bacteria that can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if they are served raw or undercooked.

5. Potato
Same as leafy greens, potato can be contaminated because of cross contamination. Potato-related illness caused by Listeria, Shigella, E.Coli, and Salmonella.

6. Cheese
Cheese can be contaminated by bacterias such as Salmonella or Listeria which can cause miscarriages. So pregnant woman must avoid soft cheeses such as feta, brie, camembert, blue-veined, and Mexican style cheese.

7. Ice cream
Ice cream can cause sickness if it’s contaminated by bacteria such as Salmonella and Staphylococcus. And mostly because it is using raw eggs that contained Salmonella.

8. Tomatoes
Before you prepare any fresh produce, wash your hands with warm water and soap for about 20 seconds, wash fruits and veggies under running water before eating, cutting, or cooking. And keep fruits and veggies away from other foods like meats.

9. Sprouts
Sprouts either good for child and also vulnerable from bacteria contamination. The contamination comes from fields, water, and warm conditions. So it is recommended that the elderly, young children, and person with weak immune systems to avoid eating raw sprouts.

10. Berries
Common food poisoning comes from strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Berries can be contaminated by a germ called Cyclospora that can causes severe diarrhea, dehydration, and cramps.

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