Food poisoning can be caused by several factors. This article explores the true nature of food-borne illnesses and some common misconceptions. These are five common myths about food poisoning and the facts beyond the myth.
Wash Fruits and Vegetables Twice
Myth: After peeling fruits and vegetables there is no need to wash them again.
There is always risk of cross-contamination in kitchens. It would be hard to know if washing the food on the first pass actually rid the skin of all bacteria. Washing fruits and vegetables twice lessens the chance of getting food poison.
Well Water Safety
Myth: Well water is fresh and always safe to drink.
The truth is you really don’t know if water from a well is safe unless it is tested. The test can be a water sample that is checked in a lab, or by a human displaying food poison symptoms. Good idea to have the water tested in a lab at least once a year. There are labs that specialize in water testing.
It Tastes and Smells Good
Myth: If the food tastes and smells good then it has to be alright to eat.
In fact, there is no way to tell from the smell or taste that food has not become contaminated with an organism that can cause a food-borne illness. Some toxins have no taste or smell.
Myth: Getting food poisoning is not that big a deal, it happens often, to a lot of people.
Actually, many do get it, live to tell about it, and is a common occurrence. What is not well-known is the fact that certain strains of bacteria can cause long-term damage and sometimes death. Use extra caution when preparing meals for infants, or older adults whose immune systems are more fragile.
There can be only Two
Myth: Salmonella and E. coli are the only organisms that causes food poisoning.
The fact is there are many kinds of organisms that can make people sick after they eat. It is probably a good idea to see a doctor if there is suspicion that something is not right. The doctor can have test run that isolates which organism is the culprit.
It should now be apparent that food-borne illnesses are easy to get and can be quite dangerous. Knowing the facts about food poisoning will dispel those myths and lessen the chances for having to go through the agony of food poison.