Aside from being a potential heatstroke victim, food poisoning is rampant too when the weather is hot. Certain foods easily spoil in hot weather if not kept properly.
Food poisoning comes from eating foods that contain salmonella, bacteria or toxins, which are poisonous substances. You may have had mild food poisoning with diarrhea and an upset stomach. If the stomach ache persists followed with vomiting and frequent runs to the comfort room, it is advisable to seek medical help.
Proper cooking and food handling must be taken into consideration too. The use of a serving spoon should always be practiced during meals. Make sure to check on the left-over status first before you eat it.
How to know if the food is already spoiled?
- Milk is spoiled when it starts to look like yogurt.
- Eggs, when something starts pecking its way out of the shell, the egg is probably past its prime or shake it, if you felt something is shaking inside, it is already spoiled.
- Canned goods, check on its expiration date.
- Bread, there are splotches of green or black molds.
- Flour is spoiled when it wiggles
- Left-overs - if it smelled weird or off odor, it has bubbles on top.
Examples of viands that easily spoil are dishes cooked in coconut milk, dishes with tomatoes, like pancit palabok and other pasta dishes.
Buying food in nearby Carinderia (cooked-food store) is not a good option. I discourage my children buying viands from a nearby carinderia when I am sick and I cannot cook. They will just open a canned good like tuna or corned beef instead for their meal.
Left-over food should not linger long on the the table. Put it in tightly closed containers and keep it in the refrigerator to prevent it from being spoiled.
Let us always keep our family safe!