Traveling the world, opening up to new cultures, making new acquaintances, and discovering new cuisines and tastes is with no doubt one of the best pleasures of life.
And if you are a foodie, challenging your palette with new flavors, colors, and tastes are undoubtedly one of your best adventures, right? Well, guess what? That’s the best part of traveling and also the best way to learn more about your travel destination.
I mean, let’s admit it. It makes no sense at all to take the trouble to cross oceans and miles away from your home, pay for expensive flight ticket and try hard to afford travel insurance, and go through all the wear and tear of the traveling process without doing nothing rewarding as tasting new dishes!
However, while challenging yourself and tasting new dishes might seem like the best experience ever, it might also turn to be a total nightmare and the worst experience ever! There are some foods that might seem harmless but the truth is you’d better avoid them to stay safe and healthy.
Raw Meat And Seafood
According to many doctors, raw meat and seafood should be completely avoided. They can put you at great risk of harming your overall health and well-being.
So, whether it is uncooked or undercooked meat and seafood, you are safer without and you should avoid eating them while traveling even if you are heading to a developed country like the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control report that raw cut of meat or seafood is always to be avoided as these foods can be lurking with nasty germs that can harm your health and cause you serious health issues.
It is also a good idea to purchase a good travel insurance policy or even overseas health insurance. This way, it can cover all your medical expenses in case something happened to you.
This is another food you have to avoid! Yes, you read it right bushmeat is another no-go. This is actually a local game like monkeys, bats or rodent! Yuck! Hence, if you want to enjoy your vacation and have some good time exploring it, avoid the bushmeat.
These animals contain dangerous diseases, including, Ebola and Acute Respiratory Syndrome. So, eating them will not only cause you serious health issues, but it could also be life-threatening.
Next time you are excited about trying the meat selection offered by the local street vendors in your travel destination, ask first what it is to make sure you are not eating something that might put an end to your life.
You might find this very surprising as berries are considered to be healthy fruits that can provide you with many health benefits. But guess what? There is a rule of thumb that you should always keep in mind when traveling abroad, especially if you are heading to undeveloped countries.
Any fresh produce without a protective skin is better avoided and this is because the local water in less-developed countries cannot be safe to drink and consuming foods that were washed with that water can also put your health in danger.
To stay safe and avoid ruining your long-awaited vacation, make sure you are extra cautious when it comes to consuming fruits, especially the berries.
Yes, you read it right! Frozen foods should also be avoided at all costs! According to Dr.Jane Wilson-Howarth, the danger of frozen foods lies on the freezer shelf itself.
That’s not everything as the constant freezing and de-thawing of the food can also lead to the production of harmful bacteria that are capable of putting your overall health in great danger.
Moreover, the ice used to freeze these food items equally comes with a certain risk of contamination. To stay safe and sound, you’d better avoid frozen foods and opt for fresh ones instead.
Sauces And Condiments
It’s true that sauces and condiments add another special taste to your dishes but consuming them while traveling is not a good idea, especially if you ignore what ingredients it may contain.
Besides, you can never tell whether the sauces and condiments were prepared with safe water, uncooked herbs, and eggs. This way, try to avoid them the maximum possible.
However, if you find it hard to resist and you feel like trying a few local sauces in your travel destination, don’t hesitate to pay attention to the ingredients and make sure you opt for thoroughly cooked and hot sauces.
While fruits and vegetables might seem like the safest foods to consume in your travel destination, you’ll be really shocked to find out that they are not! This is truer if you travel to a destination with a lot of pollution, which makes it hard to keep the fruits and vegetables clean.
Hence, to increase your chances of staying safe and sound, make sure you opt for fresh and packaged food items that have not been exposed to any water.
Also, completely avoid purchasing veggies and fruits that have been pre-cut as this only means that they have already been washed and cleaned with your destination local water.
Unpasteurized Dairy Products
For safety purposes, you’d better stay away from unpasteurized Dairy Products and that’s because food regulations vary from one country to another, which means that you can never know if they are as strict as ours.
Hence, to avoid any undesirable issues, you’d better avoid their consumption. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the unpasteurized dairy products may contain serious and dangerous diseases, including Listeria, E.coli, and more!
The food in the buffet should be also avoided! Buffets are home to nasty and harmful bacteria. In fact, the longer the food sits in the buffet, the more nasty bacteria will be traveling to the meal you are allowing in your stomach.
Therefore, you will end up harming yourself and ruining your entire vacation. You will literally spend it vomiting into foreign toilets! Of course, you don’t want that, right?
Planning to travel to a foreign country? You’d better stick to bottled water and avoid the tap water at all costs. However, if you are on a budget and you can’t spend all your money on bottled water, you can use your destination’s local water but after boiling it as doing this will help kill all the harmful bacteria.
Here are some countries that are widely known for their bad drinking water quality. So, if you are planning to visit any one of them soon, don’t forget to stick to bottled water or at least boil the water before use. The countries include, Mexico, Pakistan, Cambodia, Ghana, Russia, Turkey, Nigeria, Nepal, and the list is way too long!
Suprised? Well, don’t be! This travel staple is, unfortunately, better avoided! We can fully understand how tempting it is to resist ice cream but trust us purchasing it from small stands can put your health and sometimes even your life in great danger.
However, if you can’t resist the craving you have for sweetness, you can simply opt for a fruit sorbet instead. The latter is safer as it contains more acid and less harmful bacteria. Still, if you find it hard to resist, make sure you only purchase ice cream from a well-reputed chain or popular shop to stay safe and sound.