Click here for the ThereArePlaces Home Page Click here for our Destination Travel Guides
Travel Tips

 

 

 
Healthy Travel
 

Depending on where you travel,  yummy looking food may be a ticket to intestinal trouble.  Be cautious when eating in "developing" countries.

 

 

 

Things Travelers Need To Know
Lodging
Luggage and Packing
Maps and Guidebooks
Memories
Money Handling
Safety and Security
Shopping
Strategies for Touring
Transportation
Passports, Visas, Customs
Travel Planning
Travel Tips
 

 

Travel Advice - What's safe to eat - where?

Food quality  is an important issue when traveling internationally.  Most developed countries have hygiene standards enforced at a governmental level, which helps to ensure the safety of food and drinking water in these countries.  Food and water consumption in developing countries can be a gamble; you should exercise selectivity when choosing the types of food to eat while traveling abroad.



Food cautions in developing countries

  • All “raw” food is subject to contamination. In areas where hygiene and sanitation are inadequate, avoid salads, uncooked vegetables, peeled fruits, un-pasteurized milk, and derivative products , such as cheese.
  • Eat  food that has been thoroughly cooked and is still hot.
    • If the food has been in a warming tray or possibly on the side of a grill for a time, ask for something freshly cooked.
  • Consume fruit that has been washed and peeled by you. If it came peeled, avoid the fruit due to possible contamination.
  • Undercooked food, raw meat, fish, and shellfish can carry various intestinal pathogens.
    • Consumption of these pathogens may result in intestinal discomfort or diarrhea.
    • In addition, some pathogens can be extremely toxic and even deadly to those travelers with liver disease or other diseases affecting the immune system
  • Cooked food which has stood for several hours can provide a fertile medium for bacterial growth. For this reason, consumption of food obtained from street vendors is associated with an increased risk of illness.
    • If you are going to eat food provided by street vendors (and we recommend that you do not) buy your food during in the midst of a high traffic period (e.g. lunch) as it is more likely that the food has not been on the grill or sitting in the sun for a long time.

When tempted by the local food, remember the following story passed to me by a good friend who had just returned from Morocco - this is not the way to spend your vacation!

“It has taken almost two weeks to rid ourselves of the affliction we picked up in Morocco, but it now seems to have literally passed through. We had tests this week and they found nothing. We think that it was the birthday cake provided so generously by the hotel on Monday evening to go with the champagne I ordered. Our last days in Morocco were spent in bed.”

See our companion article on "What's safe to drink during travel abroad?"

If you need to find information about Destinations or other Things Travelers Need To Know, try Googling ThereArePlaces.  

Custom Search

  Top of page               Health Articles Home  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
About ThereArePlaces       Contact Us     Legal   Privacy Policy    Site Map      Media Center
Click here to return to the ThereArePlaces homepage Click here for information on our copyright

ThereArePlaces Home     Destination Travel Guides    Travel Planning Guides