Food can kill – no it shouldn't.
No matter your dietary preferences, we all eat. Whether you are vegan or vegetarian (yeah, there’s a fickle difference), pescetarian (no meat but fish) or you manage to drink only juice and water; the most important thing is that we do not fall ill as a result of the things we consume.
Before we continue with this, here's a full disclosure:
We have over 15 recipes for pasta alone, read food blogs and watch videos for culinary inspiration; but yet to try any Mediterranean cuisine (on our bucket list though).
If you happen to be a practising Jew or Muslim, kudos to you. Kosher and Halal standards are there to guide you (for Jews and Muslims respectively). And if strictly observed, you shouldn't have issues with a healthy and safe diet.
But if you'd like to be better at what you do – eating that is – here are the basics of staying safe while eating healthy.
Know your allergies
While some people are lucky and can eat anything in sight, others struggle, not for lack of appetite, but because of allergic reaction to certain foods.
A food allergy is an abnormal immune response to food. The signs and symptoms may range from mild to severe. They may include itchiness, swelling of the tongue, vomiting, diarrhoea, trouble breathing, or low blood pressure. This typically occurs within minutes to several hours of exposure. When the symptoms are severe, it is known as anaphylaxis.
That being said, it is equally important to note that some people are not aware of their allergies until the first exposure (first bite more appropriate), while not naturally liking the taste or smell of a particular food does not mean you are allergic to it, it might be your body giving you advance warning. Don’t ignore this warning, as a parent; you should also pay attention to meals your kids don’t like, as well as their reaction when they eventually eat it. In rare instances, food allergies may be fatal.
Never consume raw milk
Milk is a good source of protein, calcium and iron – all good stuff for the body. But that is only when is processed! Raw milk from cow or goat contains tons of bacteria that are not friendly to the body. Luckily, humans have evolved to be able to make milk consumable, delicious and available in various forms such as yoghurt, ice cream, cheese, etc.
Moral of the story: never take unprocessed milk.
Boil meats thoroughly
So you are not a vegan or vegetarian? That’s okay, we are not judging. But we begin to look at you with side eyes when you try to eat any meat raw. Unless you are Leonardo DiCaprio starring in the Revenant – in which he ate raw liver and fish – you are actually fine getting your stuff cooked. Why not, you are in an actual civilized world.
Whether it is chicken, beef or any other meats, regardless of your method of cooking: boiling, frying, grilling, etc., you need to be sure your meat is properly cooooked (extra Os for temperature) to kill all forms of bacteria in it.
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly
It’s nice to be a vegetarian, not that we are vetting the benefits though; but not-so-nice when you fail to clean your fruits and veggies thoroughly before consumption.
Sometimes, maggots and other disease carrying insects remain on the body of fruits and vegetables, usually hiding in crevices away from plain sight. Thorough washing of fruits and vegetables is recommended (usually in running water, with saline solution or vinegar). That way, you have literally escaped the danger of the day.
Keep refrigerator at a safe temperature
It’s okay to preserve food in refrigerators, but equally important to maintain safe temperatures.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C), and the freezer temperature at 0° F (-18° C). You should check temperatures periodically, since bacteria may grow in your preserved foods outside these recommended temperatures.
Now that you have these all covered, the obvious question is: Where do you get your food from?
Baca Agro actually supplies quality produce (grains, fruits and vegetables) as well as meats (poultry and fishes). When you order from us, be it for domestic consumption, commercial catering, or export; you are guaranteed of quality up to the last bite.