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Food poisoning: Riskiest foods that can easily make you sick

Not every food that is appealing to the eye and your sense of smell is necessarily healthy for consumption.

Risky foods (Within Nigeria)

Some organisms that are responsible for food poisoning are invisible and you, therefore, cannot tell if the food is indeed okay.

Here is a list of surprising foods that can make you dangerously ill:

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Green vegetables such as spinach, kales, and lettuce are enriched with nutrients that we all need. However, they can turn out to be dangerous depending on where they are grown.

They may pick pathogens from infected soil or water such as E. coli, Norovirus, Salmonella, Listeria, and Cyclospora that will then cause food poisoning.

Always ensure you wash your greens well before eating them or heat them to kill poisonous bacteria.

I know this got you by surprise and it got me too. We all love rice and it is a very good source of carbohydrates.

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But then, eating leftover rice is likely to cause you diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.

While in the fields, rice picks Bacillus Cereus which is a bacterium that survives even after cooking. The bacteria continue to multiply as the rice cools. As such, it is safest to eat your rice when it is still fresh and hot.

Moist foods such as soups and stews are most likely to host toxin-producing spores that lead to illnesses.

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If you have any soup leftovers, store them properly and ensure you reheat them properly before eating them again. Heating will help kill any toxins that might have developed.

Milk is sweet and healthy until you take it raw and you regret ever taking it. Raw milk can contain Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, Brucella, and Salmonella.

To be on the safer side, always ensure you take pasteurized milk and other dairy products.

Dairy animals may be infected with various pathogens which is the reason pasteurization is necessary to kill any bad bacteria.

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Despite being a surface bacterium, Salmonella bacteria manages to get into the inside of chicken meat contaminating it all.

However, cooking it for up to 165 degrees ensures that the bacteria is killed. Refrigerating the leftovers immediately also prevents the bacteria from multiplying.

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