5 types of food items to avoid while travelling

21 April  |  Listicles

A bout of food poisoning or a disagreeable tummy is not on anyone’s agenda, and if you are travelling, then these are sure shot reasons to put a dampener on that precious vacation. Other foods can make you lethargic or have other adverse side effects. Rather than blindly taking off certain foods from your list, understanding the preparation and sourcing scenarios that are the real reason behind food-related sickness will help you make informed choices.

  1. Watch the Hygiene Standards

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We are not going to tell you to completely avoid local economy food stalls as that is indeed a part of the travelling experience. However, be discreet when you choose a restaurant. Unclean water and contaminated oil are common in street food joints, the ticket to an upset tummy. Also, remember that street food is more likely to have flies hovering around it. Screen the vendors properly – some indicators of bad hygiene include servers handling prepared food with their hands and dirty floors and tables.

  1. Dairy Debacle

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Unpasteurized dairy products, including yoghurt and cheese, introduce unfamiliar microbes to your system like an alien invasion. Contaminated milk is a serious problem in many parts of the world, often mixed with polluted water. If you need to consume dairy, it is recommended to stick to packaged milk or related preserved products.

  1. Reduce the Fried Stuff

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Loaded with fats and no nutrients at all, fried foods are a big no if you are constantly on the move. Fried foods cause acidity, and if you have a problem with motion sickness, then deep fried stuff has been known to bring out the worst symptoms.

  1. Cooked Animals Only

Looking for some Instagram-worthy adventure, you might have ordered the raw shellfish, but ideally, it is better to stick to cooked meat. Remember that certain diets require immunity from the bacteria that might be present in food. As a traveller, you probably do not have such resistance and something as harmless looking as a fresh oyster can hurt you real bad. The seafood example keeps popping up as there is so much variety to fall sick from, but you should also apply the same rules to other meats, especially the exotic ones.

  1. Avoid Post Meal Lethargy

 

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If you have planned a day of activities, then avoid heavy cooked food for lunch, and save that experience for dinner instead. A large rice or pasta meal will make you long for a bed, not a calming afternoon stroll. Giving your digestive system so much work can also lead to unpleasant stomach issues, so always control the portions and avoid overeating.

Any dessert or cool refreshment that involves ice or raw ingredients should also be avoided unless you are completely sure that the restaurant concerned spends time washing raw products and does not use tap water for ice. If you do have to get your fix of raw food, choose fruits and vegetables that still have their peels on.

Aside from these major precautions, it is also prudent that you spend some time researching your destinations and mentally flag any issues like safe-water scarcity or seasonal diseases that afflict the region. These basic indicators will keep you on your toes when it comes to choosing food while travelling, as a lot of times you will have to make quick decisions. Do not put yourself at risk and enjoy your trip.

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