If you've ever had food poisoning, you know just how painfully torturous it can be on your guts. Not only does your body try to violently expel whatever offending foods you've eaten, but it doesn't seem to matter how it does it.
Avoid the painful cramps and gut spasms entirely by paying heed to the warning of Mill Marler. The lawyer has litigated hundreds of food poisoning cases in the last two decades, and now he shares his wisdom with others.
Here are the top 6 foods you shouldn't ever touch if you want to avoid poisoning:
1. Raw Oysters
Oysters may be an aphrodisiac, but for individuals with certain health conditions, these delicacies are far from delectable.
Raw oysters contain vibrio vulnificus, a non-life-threatening bacteria that causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills and even blistering skin lesions.
The FDA recommends that individuals with liver damage, diabetes, cancer or stomach disorders avoid eating raw oysters as they are more at risk for developing serious illness from the bacteria.
2. Precut Fruit
According to Marler, the more that food is handled, the more likely it is to become contaminated along the way.
If the fruit isn't properly washed or cut on a separate cutting board it runs the risk of cross-contamination which can lead to norovirus.
3. Raw Sprouts
Sprouts such as alfalfa, mung bean, clover and radish can be contaminated with E.coli or salmonella.
4. Rare Steak
The most common cause of E. coli, food poisoning is eating poorly prepared, under cooked beef. It is only dangerous if the steak is not properly seared on the outside.
A proper rare steak sear locks in the high temperatures and kills any bacteria that live on the outer surface of the meat.
5. Raw Eggs
Eating unrefrigerated raw, under cooked, eggs puts you at risk of Salmonella poisoning. You'll know you're experiencing the effects of Salmonella if you experience nauseous, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea.
6. Unpasturized Milk and Juices
The CDC reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause food borne illness and results in 13 times more hospitalizations than illnesses involving pasteurized dairy products.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration reports that unpasteurized fruit juices sold in grocery stores, cider mills and farmers' markets are at risk of contamination by food borne illnesses. Be sure to read the labels and always ask if you are unsure.