Food and Water are two fundamental things which our body requires. Like every other living organism we need food for energy. In other words, food items helps us stay fit and help us fight diseases. It provides us with energy, maintain or stimulate growth.
In fact, the food we eat offers nutritional support to our body. It is generally of plant or animal source, and contains vital nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals.
What’s the cause of the food related problems?
They ate food stuffs that were safe from harmful chemicals, fewer preservatives, without artificial colors and artificial flavors. Importantly, people had good time and love for cooking.
They prefer home cooked food for themselves as well serve the self cooked food to their loved ones. Hence those people were safe against the diseases caused by the contaminated food that they ate, since all of the food items they had were natural foods and was healthier. They were free from health related problems and lived longer.
In our day, most of us are busy and isn’t able to manage time for cooking at home. Instead, people eat food items which are easily cooked or ready cooked. People don’t have time to even think of what they are eating, as well as if it can affect their health positively or negatively.
What’s the need for cautiousness?
Contaminated food items have harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses or chemicals. It can be the cause for food borne illnesses or infections and irritation of the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT). They are typically identified by vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, blurred vision, headache, weakness, dizziness, fever and chills.
The majority food borne illnesses are severe, meaning they happen unexpectedly and last for a short period of time.
Most of the infected people recover on their own without treatment. That doesn’t mean you should take them lightly. In this short period of time, they suck every bit of patient’s energy. Full recovery may possibly take a week or half.
How can we assure the food items are safe?
It is important for us to manage some time to see as if the food, we eat is safe and hygienic. At this point, we hope that these safety measures are cautiously monitored at the manufacturing level. However, as a consumer, we ought to keep the following points in mind:
- It is advisable that you avoid contact between raw & cooked food to steer clear of cross contamination.
- Keep in mind, the raw foods that reach the consumer are in a sterilized state; they generally have bacteria or other microbes, most of which are safe.
- They may possibly contain pathogenic microbes, which could be a possible threat to food safety.
- Keep away the raw meat or poultry from other food items while shopping for every day groceries. This is done to avoid the juices from dripping onto other foods, like vegetables and fruits that you may well have purchased.
- Wash your hands prior to & after food handling, to avoid contamination. Cool cooked foods as quickly as possible & then refrigerate, if possible to below 5 degrees Celsius (if not consuming instantly). This slows down or stops microbial growth.
- You should re-heat the food carefully and uniformly through the dish, to kill any tiny microbes, which might have possibly developed during the storing.
- Remain the kitchen surfaces, the cutting boards and other similar items, along with the utensils and your refrigerator clean and hygienic.
A few more tips:
- It’s important that you don’t buy bulgy or dented cans. As well, avoid buying jars that are cracked or have loose, bulging lids. Lastly, avoid buying food items/products with damaged safety seals.
- Again, it’s important that don’t buy frozen food if its packing is damaged. Moreover, if it has a transparent packaging, please notice that there must not be any signs of ice crystals. This might indicate that the food was stored there for a longer time.
- Use filtered drinking water for drinking; if not possible you must boil it to make it safe before drinking. Finally, reject and throw the food item beyond its expiry date.