6 tips to prevent food poisoning
Food is good. But food poisoning? Not so good. Those with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to food-borne illnesses, but there are measures you can take to prevent it. Lori Black, nutritionist at Saint Thomas West Hospital, suggests the following.
- Check expiration dates. They’re there for a reason.
- Wash, wash, wash… produce, your hands and cutting boards. All of these have potential to contain pathogens, so wash those potentials down the drain.
- Avoid thawing food on the counter. The external layer will get warmer before the internal, which heightens the potential for bacteria growth.
- Nix the raw eggs. Refrain from the urge to sample of bit of cookie dough, and make sure you wipe down the countertop after baking. Raw eggs are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to food poisoning.
- Always cook meat to a proper internal temperature.
- When dining out, always check the health inspection score. If it’s low, you may want to go to plan B.