By: Nikki Nies
When traveling abroad or trying to acclimate to new cultures, it’s not only gracious to try local cuisine, but expected. I personally don’t see the point in those long plane rides to eat the same foods I could get back home. However, while being open minded can help increase your taste palette and exposure, there are certain foods you should refrain from eating if you’re traveling outside of the U.S.
You may be wondering why the locals are more than willing to eat unwashed foods or don’t see sanitation to be as big of an issue, however, living where we do, Americans have not grown immune against all exotic bacteria and it’s not worth learning the hard way if you’re immuned to a certain bacteria or not. On top of that, with the added stress of traveling on an irregular schedule, one is more susceptible to adverse effects if not diligent about what he or she eats.
|Shellfish||If uncooked—i.e. raw oysters or mussels||
|Game||i.e. venison, grouse||
|Produce||Avoid unwashed, uncooked vegetables and fruits||
|Eggs||i.e. Caesar salads, steak tartar with raw egg, raw steak||
|Spit||i.e. cassava root is chewed by tribeswomen and the juice is spat into bowl that’s left to ferment alcohol||
So, remember, even foods that look like what you’d eat “back home”, there’s no guarantee. Traveling should be an enjoyable experience and with a little caution can be bacteria free.
This was helpful, and a little funny.
I also avoid most of these when I’m traveling abroad. Except for the vegetables. I’ve been lucky so far with a salad here and there.