When we choose healthy food in the supermarket, we hope to buy something useful for ourselves and our family. But research shows that even the most ordinary foods can be dangerous.
We at Bright Side have made a list of foods that can harm your body and found ways to avoid the issues and enjoy all the tasty foods you like.
The scientists from the Center for Science in the Public Interest have analyzed statistics for the past 12 years. They were trying to figure out which foods led to the highest number of cases of food poisoning. Lettuce turned out to be number one. It was responsible for 363 outbreaks with 13,568 known cases of poisoning. So even if lettuce is well-packed and “ready to eat,” it’s better to wash it really well before you put it on your plate.
The salmonella infection that can get on eggs from the excrement of an infected chicken can be dangerous, especially for children, the elderly, and people who have a weak immune system. If you see that the shell is not perfectly clean, it’s better to spend one minute washing the egg before making scrambled eggs and feeding the entire family.
One drop of juice from raw chicken meat has enough Campylobacter bacteria to infect a person. This bacteria causes fever and gastrointestinal issues. The bacteria spreads really fast when we wash the meat because it ends up on our hands, apron, counters, etc. To be safe, you should minimize your contact with raw chicken and wash the cutting board and knives far from the rest of your dishes (we even suggest washing them in boiling water).
When fish is defrosted and stored in the wrong way, a toxic protein called scombrotoxin is formed. It can cause a type of food poisoning that leads to a skin rash, vomiting, stomach aches, diarrhea, a high heart rate, and even loss of vision.
The solution: you should defrost tuna without letting it contact the air. Take it from the freezer and put it on the lowest shelf in the fridge without opening the pack. A fish that weighs 4 pounds will take about 24 hours to defrost.