I’ve been preaching the importance of healthy and clean eating. That’s something that I firmly believe in since what you ingest does have an impact on your skin. If you’re going to take the time to eat healthy and clean, then you need to know how to properly handle food. Preparation is key and if you want to avoid food poisoning, then you better pay close attention here!
Some people think that they have the stomach bug or flu when in fact what they are dealing with is food poisoning. Now, you might not think this is a big deal, but it can in fact, be pretty bad if not deadly depending on the severity of things. Most of us actually have some sort of episode that’s related to a food borne virus or toxin, yet most of us blame it on something else. We’re literally blinded by it and just move on as if nothing ever happened. That’s got to stop today.
Unfortunately, there really is no safe way to completely avoid food poisoning other than not eating. There’s always a chance that food might be hindered or bad, especially if you’re eating out on a regular basis.
Avoid Food Poisoning By Understand These Foods
I’m going to cover food preparation and things to look out for when dealing with dirty foods that commonly cause illness.
If you’re trying the ABC diet or any other type of clean meal plan, then you’ll need to know what to look for because unfortunately, these foods need to be consumed (for the most part).
So, this one is perhaps the dirtiest food of them all and it causes the most issues. If you eat chicken, then there’s a good chance that you consume more than 60 pounds per year. Some of that chicken may, in fact, be absolutely filthy! When looking for chicken at the grocery store, you’ll want to look for “free range” chicken. These types of chickens carry less disease and bacteria than others because they aren’t cooped up with hundreds of others. It’s the slaughtering in massive numbers and the unhealthy living conditions that make chicken unhealthy for you to eat. You best believe that they don’t just toss that sick chicken aside. It gets mixed in with the rest of them.
When prepping chicken at home, you’ve got to always remember to keep it away from other foods as well as off counter tops. Feel free to use bleach to clean any cutting boards and utensils that have come in contact with the chicken. As for cooking the bird, you need to cook the chicken as 180 degrees Fahrenheit and no less.
This is another healthy diet fan favorite that many just can’t seem to keep their hands off of. Unfortunately, this is the worst of them all in terms of foulness. The odds of your ground turkey containing a bacteria are 25%. Now, if you’re like me, then this statistic makes you nervous as hell I’m sure! The best way to reduce your risk of food poisoning is to only buy organic turkey. The non-organic turkey is filled with antibiotics and that’s not going to help you. When leaving the grocery store, be sure to put the turkey in a separate bag to not contaminate the other foods. The same goes for any other meat that you’re buying! Keep it separate to avoid food poisoning!
The best way to approach all of these meats is if they are contaminated. Keep the pan isolated that you use and wash anything that comes in contact with it. Do not wash it any other way besides the dishwasher. Turkey must be cooked to 180 degrees Fahrenheit on a plate or platter that was not in contact with the previously uncooked turkey. It’s also best to use a paper towel versus a sponge to clean up any mess.
Many of the dishes that you will consume that contain eggs can often cause you to get sick. If you decide to eat a sunny side up egg, your chances of getting salmonella poisoning are about 1 in 10,000. If you decide to eat a semi-raw omelet, then your risk is even higher. For this reason, alone, I always avoid consuming anything that contains raw egg. While grocery shopping, you’re going to want to buy pasteurized eggs. Be sure that no eggs are cracked in the package. If they are, then find another carton. The germs can spread too easily to risk otherwise.
Some people choose to put the eggs in the egg container but that’s actually really dirty and unhealthy. Keep the eggs in the carton that they came in and put them in the coldest section of the refrigerator. Wash your hands before and after cracking the eggs. Cook the eggs completely to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for best safety practice.
I hate to gross you out, but ground beef often contains E. coli. You will also find Staphylococcus, Clostridium perfringens, and Listeria monocytogenes in ground beef. In order to avoid getting food poisoning, you’ll want to pick up ground beef that has been irradiated. It most likely says that it’s been treated by irradiation.
In terms of preparation, adding certain spices can cut down on your chances of getting sick from consuming this food. What I mean by that is, it’s quite common for a tablespoon of oregano to be able to extinguish any E.coli that exists in a pound of beef. Also, you should cook your burgers through. Don’t order any raw or rare burger.
If you’re consuming prepackaged lettuce, then you want to wash the lettuce. Just because the triple washed lettuce says it’s clean, free of germs and that it’s been washed a hundred times doesn’t mean that it’s safe to eat. Instead, wash it in a clean colander and pat it dry with a paper towel.
I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with people that explain how sick they got from eating at a salad bar. They claim it’s due to the open bar and all the people around but I’m convinced it has a lot to do with the way the lettuce is handled in the back too.
Whatever you do, I want you to understand that you can eat these foods if you’re on a health kick and diet, you just need to take precautions when doing so. No one likes to get sick and being sick certainly, doesn’t make your skin look any better either!