Before you leave and while you are traveling, deciding what to eat in order to feel good and spend your vacation at the best, can be a problem. In fact, although travel is one of the most enjoyable experiences one can have, and the one I absolutely love the most, it can also carry some health risks if the right precautions are not taken.
What to eat and what is best to avoid is a question I have often and frequently asked myself. That’s why I took a look at the experts’ advice and wanted to repost it in this article so it will help you in your upcoming travels.
Foods (preferably) to be avoided
When we are visiting a new country, whose culinary gastronomy is very different from that of our hometown, some health problems may arise for our bodies that are not used to certain foods.
But then, how to protect yourself and avoid being sick on vacation? The answer is simple: avoiding certain foods that may be contaminated. Let’s see what are the little tricks to apply.
Undercooked or totally uncooked foods
It is what it is! Although raw dishes are the flagships of many countries, especially in Asia, their raw consumption especially of fish and meat is not recommended. Why? They can cause intoxication, allergic reactions, and other diseases such as salmonellosis.
In fact, we must remember that the more cooked the dish, the higher the chances of destroying potentially harmful viruses and bacteria.
Street food: be careful with food stalls
In many countries, stalls are the most traditional places to eat delicious food. With inviting smells and appealing food, most of the time these stalls do not follow specific food hygiene rules so we run the risk of eating something that can be bad for our bellies.
This is why it is best to take a closer look at the stall where we want indulge, so that we can choose the “cleanest” one or prefer, when possible, a local little restaurant rather than the quaint but dubiously hygienic stalls (especially in case you are weak of stomach).
Unbottled water and ice
Unbottled water and beverages are also at risk. As experts explain, if the method of potting and storage is not optimal, when, for example, dirty containers are used or subjected to high temperatures, there is a risk of contaminating drinking water.
This also applies to iced drinks and ice in general (e.g., used in the preparation of cocktails) since it could be made with contaminated water.
The best advice I can give you is to drink only sealed water as I always do while on the road. The same applies to milk and dairy products in general, which must be pasteurized to deactivate microorganisms.
Fried or high-fat foods
If you want to avoid indigestion during the vacation, it is best not to eat too many fried or fatty foods. Often, frying oil is used several times (more than allowed) and the risk of indigestion is higher. Although they are the tastiest and most delicious dishes, it is best to take small samples and thus avoid getting sick.
To sum up...
During a trip, what makes us appreciate a country is not only its people and landscapes but also its culinary tradition. Immersing ourselves in local dishes not only makes us better acquainted with the place but can also transport us to a world of flavors we never knew before.
This is what I like most about traveling abroad. But it is also true that certain precautions must be taken to avoid infection, contamination and food allergies. After all, the last thing we want on vacation is to be sick.
Fortunately, it can be easily avoided. All you need to do is follow the advice I’ve shown you, make sure you really ascertain what you have on your plate, and, if possible, take a probiotic cure a week before you leave!