We don’t often like to think about it, but there are foods out there that sometimes can make us sick. Food poisoning is no one’s friend, and certainly isn’t fun, so here are the top 8 foods to be cautious of due to their history with the bug.
Leafy greens. Yep, that means any sort of salad. Arugula, romaine, iceberg, they’re all guilty. To avoid sickness, wash your lettuce and prevent cross-contamination by washing your hands and using different cutting boards!
Eggs. Bacteria sits inside the egg, so make sure the egg is properly cooked to kill germs. Be sure to steer clear of products containing raw eggs(yes, even cookie dough…sigh)
Tuna. Tuna often is contaminated by scombrotoxin, a toxin that causes headaches and cramps. If the food is stored above 60 degrees after being caught, the toxin can be released. Once it is, even cooking cannot destroy it.
Oysters. Oysters, though a delicacy to us, are filter feeders to the sea. If the water they filter is contaminated, then they are contaminated. If the oysters are served raw or undercooked, the shellfish could contain germs like norovirus that can cause nausea and vomiting.
Potatoes. If a potato is well-cleaned and cooked, there is no illness to be had. But be wary of potato salad, who has often fallen victim to cross-contamination with germs like salmonella and E. coli.
Cheese. Cheese, especially soft cheeses, have been found to be contaminated with bacteria like Salmonella and Listeria.
Ice Cream. Yeah, this guy too. It has also been linked to the bacteria Salmonella and Staphylococcus, especially when making homemade ice cream which uses raw eggs.
Tomatoes. Like lettuce, they can be contaminated during cultivation. Be sure to wash the produce with warm water and soap, and of course use different cutting boards if cutting raw meats!
By Aisling Williams