Storing Vegetables

What’s in Store?

Although most houses these days are not equipped with root cellars, you can probably modify some space in your cellar or garage for storing vegetables.

Canning and freezing both have merits as means of putting your garden vegetables aside for winter and spring consumption, but it’s always nice to have some crops on hand that haven’t been processed. Here are storage tips:

  • All vegetables need a dry, dark place for winter storage. The room should be well ventilated, and any storage containers should be kept off the floor or ground on blocks or pallets.
  • Within this space, however, the optimum storage condition for each crop varies somewhat. Root crops such as beets, carrots, and rutabagas should be packed in sand or sawdust and keep best at around 35° Fahrenheit. Potatoes like it a little warmer — about 45°.
  • You can achieve various temperature requirements by using various elevations and wall surfaces.
  • At a depth of five feet, the natural temperature of the ground is 50°, which means that most cellars will require a source of colder air.

As much as you want to enjoy them at the time of harvest, your very finest, healthiest crops are the ones you should set aside for storage.

  • First of all, be sure to harvest them when the weather is dry.
  • In most cases, you should not wash the vegetables before storage, although if root crops are caked with moist soil, they can be hosed down and left outside to dry for a day or two.
  • Do not rub the dirt off, as this will bruise the skin, and leave the stems intact.
  • Dig up root crops after they’ve been in the ground through a cold spell, (this will fill the cells with sugar and starches instead of water) but not through a hard frost (except parsnips, which can be left in the ground through the winter and harvested in the spring) and leave them outside in the sun for a day or two to cure.
  • Onions should cure for several days, and squash and pumpkins should be given weeks, if possible, for their skins to toughen.

Not all of your storage crops make the best of neighbors.

  • Apples give off a gas that causes potatoes to sprout and promotes the ripening of tomatoes — neither of which is desirable while in storage.
  • Turnips and cabbage give off a strong smell, which can eventually flavor surrounding vegetables as well.
  • Seeds and pods are not candidates for the cellar. They need to be thoroughly dried in a dark, moisture-free location (try the attic) and may then be stored in jars in the pantry or kitchen.
  • Check your root cellar regularly for temperature, moisture, rot, and animal infestation.

A well-kept storage place in the garage or cellar can add a lot of cheer to winter meals!

Note: If you are interested in building or using true root cellars, see our “Related Articles” above.

Food Poisoning Symptoms and Information

Have you ever left a restaurant feeling a little ill and were concerned it might be more than just a full stomach? Before judging, check our basic information on food poisoning symptons so you can be sure if it is just a full stomach or something more serious.

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning, or foodborne illness, occurs when someone consumes a food or beverage that is contaminated by toxins. These toxins are produced by certain kinds of bacteria that have grown in the food or beverage due to improper handling or cooking temperatures.

Outbreaks of food poisoning most commonly occur in large-scale, food-serving places such as restaurants, school cafeterias, or catering companies.

What are the causes of food poisoning?

Foods usually become contaminated through improper handling from both the cooks and environment.

Food poisoning often occurs from eating foods that were. . .

  • not cooked thoroughly or stored at proper temperatures
  • prepared by someone who does not use proper hand-washing techniques
  • prepared using cooking utensils, cutting boards, or other tools that were not properly cleaned
  • kept out of the refrigerator too long

What are the food poisoning symptoms?

There is no set list of food poisoning symptoms, but there are some common ones. The most common are:

  • abdominal cramps
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • weakness

Other possible symptoms are fever, chills, and headaches.

The time between eating contaminated food and experiencing food poisoning varies; it could be as little as a couple hours after eating, or as much as a couple of days.

A good way to judge if an illness is food poisoning is if someone you shared a meal with is experiencing similar symptoms at the same time you are, it is likely that you have food poisoning.

How can it be avoided?

The best way to avoid food poisoning is to use good food safety practices. Food safety involves three main areas: food storage, food handling, and cooking.

Food Storage

It is important to maintain safe food temperatures when storing foods. Refrigerators should be kept at about 40°F, and it is important to keep cold foods chilled so they do not spoil. Do not keep foods at room temperature for longer than two hours.

Food Handling

Remember to practice good hygiene. Always thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before, during, and after food preparation, as well as after handling raw meats.

It is also important to keep your cooking spaces clean. Be sure to clean your preparation surfaces, utensils, and equipment before, during, and after preparing food, especially when using raw meats.

Cooking

Thoroughly cook all food so as to avoid serving unsafe food. According to the USDA, there are minimum safe internal temperatures for dishes:

  • 145°F for steaks, roasts, and fish
  • 160°F for pork, ground beef, and egg dishes
  • 165°F for chicken breasts and whole poultry

It is also important to wash all produce before serving or cooking and to throw away any foods past their expiration date.

Many times you will be able to judge when food is spoiled; usually the food looks or smells bad. Remember to throw away any bad foods.

Is there any treatment for food poisoning?

There is no real treatment for food poisoning itself; the only thing to do is to wait it out and relieve the symptoms.

If you have a common type of food poisoning, you will recover within 12 to 48 hours. The most important thing to remember when recovering is to drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration. Also, avoid solid foods and dairy products until the diarrhea and vomiting has passed.

If any of these symptoms are severe, seek medical treatment immediately.

How to Chop an Onion in Four Easy Steps

Whether you’re making a sandwich or cooking dinner, there’s a good chance that you may be chopping up onions for added flavor.

These wrapped wonders are not only good for cooking, but also provide natural health benefits!

Here are tips on how to chop an onion in four easy steps from expert cook Ken Haedrich.

  1. Select a sharp chef’s knife. Before you begin, peel off as many layers of papery skin as you can, the better to make your first cut without your knife glancing off the surface. Pull off any hairy roots, too. They have an unappetizing way of ending up where they shouldn’t. Place the onion on its side on a chopping board. Hold your knife comfortably, with your forefinger running down one side of the blade and your thumb pressed against the opposite side. With one fell swoop, slide the knife down and away from you, slicing off the top half inch of the onion. (If your knife isn’t particularly sharp, first pierce the surface of the onion with the tip of your knife so the blade has a starting notch.)
  2. Turn the onion so it rests on the newly cut flat surface. Starting at the center of the root end, slice the onion in half. Peel off any remaining skin.
  3. Rest half the onion on its largest flat surface, root end pointing away from you. Working from the far edge of the onion toward your body, slice down through the onion, leaving about 1/2 inch between each cut. Do not, however, slice through the onion at the root end. (An intact root end keeps the onion from falling apart.)
  4. Rotate the onion so the end cut faces your knife blade. Then make 1/2-inch cuts perpendicular to the first set of cuts. The onion will fall apart into neat, 1/2-inch dice. Discard root. Repeat with the other half.

Dangerous Food: Dried Fruits

 

The truth about Dried Fruits

Before we reveal the truth, let’s get one thing cleared, to qualify as naturally dry, normal fruits need to be dried, by the most direct means with no artificial additives. Dried fruits have their advantages and disadvantages, let’s take a look at some of them;

Advantages

  • Drying fruits helps prolong the fruit’s shelf life altogether, so when a particular fruit goes out of season, the substitute is the dried version
  • Sometimes, being smaller than most fruits, they are relatively easy to carry around in packets, making them a perfect on-the-go snack idea
  • They are sweeter sometimes, the added sugar makes them even more tastier than normal fruits
  • They are known to be high in calcium, vitamins and minerals
  • Naturally dried fruits are known as great energy boosters
  • They are a replacement for regular sugar
  • They are high in fiber, help lower blood pressure in some cases, keep your stomach satisfied

Disadvantages

  • If they are processed, they increase the amount of sugar, which isn’t healthy
  • After they are dried, the applied heat is known to reduce heat sensitive substances like Vitamin C
  • They are known to increase the overall calorie count, if you are someone who wants to limit calories, you will have to stay away from dried fruits
  • They tend to go through a lot of processes that are not as healthy as they sound
  • The dehydration process tends to rob these fruits of their nutritional value

So how are they prepared?

  • The fruit, when picked up from farms is then taken up by the companies who process and then distribute dried fruit.
  • The fruit in bulk cannot be dried so easily with mere dehydration quickly, so a few companies add sulphur dioxide in order to prevent discoloration of the fruit and to preserve them. This chemical addition ends up with the dried fruit containing traces of acrylamide too.

Can I dry them out myself without adding sulphur to the equation?

Yes you can, here’s how;

  • Find the fruit first, you can choose between apricots, apples, bananas, berries, coconuts and plums
  • Slice them’ up and wash them thoroughly, remove any sign of dirt too
  • Dip the fruit slices in an ascorbic acid dip made by combining 2 tbsp. ascorbic acid or, another method is to blanch the fruit by putting slices in a steamer for five minutes then transferring them to an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
  • You can choose to dry them up using the Sun, the most convenient way, but be sure the weather stays hot enough for around 3-4 days. You can also use the oven for a longer period of time if that is feasible, provided the oven is left at its lowest
  • That’s it.

So the truth is

Very simple, be moderate in this scenario. Take in dried fruits only occasionally, especially if you want to keep your calorie count in the healthy range.  It’s better to dry these fruits up your way through the steps provided, stay away from packed ones that you find in the market, because they use more additives to increase the shelf life of the product. Overall, we suggest you use dried fruits as a snack, don’t overdo it.

 

4 Ways To Make Your Child’s Diet Fiber-Rich

Dietary fiber is an important nutrient for the healthy functioning of your child’s body. Fiber rich foods have the power to prevent diarrhea, constipation, and a host of other short-term and long-term health complications. Children are always more attracted to unhealthy food options such as fast food and pre-packaged junk food. How can you slowly and gradually introduce fiber-rich foods into their regular diets? This article will give a few tips to do just that.

Keep in mind that children love food that looks colorful and fun. They also enjoy being involved in the process of food making. So with these two basic pieces of information, let’s explore some tips.

1.     Making Your Own Healthy Breakfast

Most children enjoy having cereal for breakfast. Instead of topping it off with mounds of sugar, chocolate chips, or chocolate sauce, set out bowls of dried fruits, nuts and fresh fruits. Then encourage them to make their own cereal mix. Ensure that the cereal you buy contains at least 3-5 grams of fiber per serving.

You can follow the same idea for a mid-day yoghurt snack. Healthy additions such as fresh fruit and dried fruit are an excellent accompaniment to yoghurt. They not only enhance the flavor of the snack, but also amplify the level of nutritional intake.

2.     Making Food Fun

Whole fruits and vegetables can seem large, intimidating and boring for children. To make these natural foods more approachable, cut them up into smaller pieces. You can use different shape cutters to make eating vegetables and fruits even more fun.  With circles, triangles, or even a smiley face made out of natural foods, you child will focus on the shapes and eat the healthy food with a smile.

Fruits and vegetables are a very significant and irreplaceable source of multiple nutrients. Ensuring that your child gets ample helpings of both is very important for his/her growth and development.

3.     Making Healthy Dips

Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of dietary fiber. However, children often find the taste of fruits and vegetables too bland to enjoy. Your solution to this problem is simple: cut vegetables and fruits in long thin slices. Then set a delicious dip to go along with the healthy food. The dip could be anything that your child enjoys such as peanut butter, low-fat salad dressings, hummus, or yoghurt based dips. Just ensure that you use healthy ingredients when you are preparing the dip.

4.     Making Whole Grain Snacks

Children love eating sandwiches and enjoy taking them to school for lunch. Make their day healthy by switching to whole grain bread instead of using white bread. White bread is heavily processed and deprived of all the nutrients that natural grains inherently contain. Buy whole grain bread that contains at least 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving.

How Much Dietary Fiber Do Children Need?

According to medical experts, children of different age brackets will require different proportions of dietary fiber.

Children from the ages of 1-3 years require 19 grams of dietary fiber per day, and children from the ages of 4-8 years require 25 grams of dietary fiber per day. Boys from the ages of 9-13 years require 31 grams of dietary fiber per day, and girls from the ages of 9-13 years require 26 grams of dietary fiber per day. Similarly, boys ranging from 14-18 years require 38 grams of dietary fiber per day, while girls within the same age bracket require 26 grams of dietary fiber per day.

Google your Meal

Every now and then we come across health conscious people and tend to keep an eye on the food that goes in. With escalated awareness and the craze to tone up our bodies, technology has also stepped up to rescue the ones who keep a check on their diet. Apart from the fact that most of us like to be slim and trim, health has become a prime objective of our lives. Obviously with the growing needs of the mass population, Google has come up with a unique and innovative idea. An idea though simple enough, yet so useful that many would soon realize after they start using it.
Google Now! Presents a nutritional information search function. This new feature instantly allows you to check the amount of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, fats and other nutrients in a particular food item that you are searching for. Google has also listed serving sizes to enable people in understanding and calculating the amount of nutrients they are taking in. This new feature includes all the nutrition facts about the food item. At the moment Google has included a total of 1,000 items in this search list but it has made clear that the list will grow and would also be introduced in other languages for ease of access for people around the world. This new feature shows a picture of your searched food item along with a brief description and all the nutritional facts too. Google has made it very useful by explaining not only the amount of the nutrients in the searched food item but also described the daily value percentage which is based on a typical 2,000 calorie diet. The information about the nutritional value can be selected as mount per 100g, NLEA serving or any other classification which can be selected by you as per choice. Along with this, it also enables you to look into alternatives of the same item. For instance, if you are searching for popcorns, this feature would enable you to select among air popped, microwave popped or oil popped popcorns. For each kind of popcorn, a separate set of nutritional facts would appear. Likewise if you are searching for a certain fruit or vegetable, it would facilitate you towards a selected kind of food item or the one you are searching for. The major usefulness of this feature lies in the fact that most of us don’t know about the nutritional value of the foods that we are consuming. We don’t bother because we are lazy to read all of the information. This feature is not just easy to search but very easy to use too. All the information is classified in such a way that one can easily understand the facts written. We think Google might have changed your perspective.

Since Google has introduced a truly innovative feature, you won’t know unless you try it. The ability to find alternatives towards a particular food item is a highlight. Apart from the alternative option you also gain substantial knowledge about the amount of nutrients present in a particular meal. Go ahead, try it out.

Is your diet promoting weight gain?

Losing weight isn’t child’s play and it doesn’t happen in a day or two. Patience is what you need the most if you want to prevail. Along with patience, you are also required to know about your own individual needs, the correct information about various forms of diet you’re consuming. Even though sometimes you might think that the diet you are taking in is helping you lose that unwanted fat, it isn’t, which is why it is mandatory for anyone who wants to gain or lose weight, gain knowledge about whatever they consume.

When it is weight loss you’re looking for, you need to take in a diet that encourages weight loss rather than gain. Sometimes people skip meals thinking that it is the only way to shed unwanted pounds, but that isn’t entirely true, because after starvation, they end up taking in more calories to compensate for their hunger pangs. Taking in large meals tends to slow down metabolism altogether which accumulates calories. A better agenda is to take in a few calories every now and then, prevent starvation and encourage better metabolism altogether. It is known that uneven portions of meals make it difficult for you to lose weight easily, therefore it is important to have a balanced and nourishing diet that would help you lose weight faster and more effectively. According to research, exercising helps lose weight but it’s your diet that will make or break everything, because if you work out but consume a high calorie diet which is not evenly distributed, you will end up accumulating fat, decrease metabolism and promote weight gain. Your meal should provide you with the right kind of energy so you won’t starve all day. People often believe that meals that are healthy and nourishing would never encourage weight gain and then end up overeating, a common phenomenon with almost everyone these days. That healthy meal might be low in calories, but if you take in more of the good, you will end up in a bad state. Too much of a good thing ruins the better, don’t you think? Therefore you need to be vigilant and you need to stay focused if you want to shed unwanted fat, to do that you need to cycle everything in moderation to get the best of both worlds. Read on through these tips, they might help you get a much better picture on everything;

  1. Patience is a virtue, especially if you want to lose weight.
  2. Be consistent, following a diet for a few days wouldn’t make an evident difference
  3. Take in smaller meals after every few hours, to keep your metabolism humming along
  4. Drink lots of water, it helps in the process of digestion. Cold water is said to promote faster metabolism
  5. Don’t try and cut down on a lot of calories, take an adequate amount, the right amount
  6. Exercise regularly, it helps burn calories, speeds up metabolism and promotes fat loss

Losing weight might be tough but it is worth it, you will feel much better and experience better levels of self-confidence. Consider moderation as means towards everything you do when you think about losing weight, it is proven to be the fastest and most stable way.

Key towards a healthy diet

A healthy diet is not about restriction, or deprivation, it’s about doing what’s right and doing it in moderation. Realistically speaking, keeping a healthy diet encompasses you being enriched with energy, essential nutrients needed for the body and consuming an adequate amount of calories.

If you can, follow these key points given below designed to give you what you want, a healthy lifestyle, plus you can find more articles on health and nutrition on cockycater.com  The key factors to focus on here are as follows;

Keeping it simple

Instead of counting calories all day just focus on the size of the portion, its freshness, the variety and colour.

Making changes in your diet over time

Changing your whole diet overnight is not a good way to go and is usually not a decision that will stick. The best way towards better nutrition and a better diet is by slowly changing things over time, like adding some salad here and there and improving your fibre intake.

Small changes matter

While it isn’t important for you to have something known as a “perfect diet”, and say goodbye to junk food forever, you can begin changing your regime slowly in order to make it more effective. Just remember that making small changes can go a long way.

Focus on moderation

An important thing to focus on here is moderation, try eating in smaller portions and don’t think of any certain food as off-limits.

Timing

Never miss breakfast, take time chewing your food and avoid eating late night.

Colourful eating is healthy eating

Vegetables and fruits are the pillars of good nutrition and a healthy diet, so try to add as many fruits, greens and sweet vegetables as you can. The more the merrier.

Try eating healthy carbs

The list includes brans, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Try to stay away from refined food, try mixing things up to keep ideas fresh and new.

Take a look at proteins

Try taking in different types of protein like beans, nuts and soy products. Keep protein portions to a minimum and go for fresh and high quality proteins instead.

Take as much calcium as you can

Calcium is a key ingredient in our bones and is needed for numerous other processes in our body, go for milk, vegetables and beans to keep your body calcium levels high.

Limit salt and sugar

One of the biggest differences that you can bring in your diet is to limit sugar and salt intake, this can come in any form from reducing sugar in tea to using less salt while cooking, and these small steps tend to go a long towards a healthier lifestyle.

 

Daily dose of veggies

Not many people enjoy eating vegetables and even fewer like vegetables let alone eating them. These vegetables are important part of our diet and must never be avoided since; all these veggies contain energy and micronutrients which keeps your body detoxified. Vegetables contain a whooping amount of water, vitamins, proteins, calcium and minerals which are important for the health of various vital organs of the body. Below are a few benefits of consuming vegetables:

Helps maintain a healthy weight

Vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber. They are fulfilling and are a great substitute for heavy calorie intake foods such as proteins, meat, cheese, butter, ghee.  To shed excess weight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention America recommends substituting high calorie foods such as eggs with raw vegetables. Because of their high fiber content raw vegetables make you feel fuller and helps with digestion.

For a Healthy Heart

Eating foods rich in water soluble fibers such as those found in vegetables absorbs bile acids and cholesterol and eliminates them from the body. According to a research study by Maastricht University scientists, published in May 2008 in “Psychology & Behavior,” water-soluble fibers lower the amount of low-density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol” in the bloodstream. This bad cholesterol sticks on the walls of blood vessels and makes them narrow, leading to cardiovascular disease.

Rich in Vitamins

Vegetables are rich in vitamins which include vitamins C and E, folic acid, lycopene, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Vitamins C and E neutralize free radicals and protect body cells. Lycopene — a naturally-occurring pigment in colored vegetables such as tomatoes and apricots — boosts your immune system and also lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Folic acid is necessary for the formation of red blood-cells and proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Beta-carotene, found in brightly colored vegetables, protects the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. It also slows down the aging process and reduces the risk of diseases associated with old age.

Although vegetables are extremely important and must never be completely omitted from our diet, these vegetables are most of the times difficult to incorporate into our diets. Here we present few ideas of incorporating these healthy treats into your diet which are whooping in nutrition thus making your health the prime objective.

Poisoned Food: How clean is your food really?

What is food poisoning
It is actually a disease of the digestive system which is often caused by eating stale or unhygienic food.

Can food become poisonous
Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered in some way. That is why we call it food poisoning.

Can we prevent it from happening
Yes you can, here are a couple of tips to get you started
• Always wash your hands before eating, try using an antibacterial soap. Research states that people who use antibacterial soaps were less prone to diseases altogether
• Drink clean water, no matter where you are and what you do. Always go for mineral water if you are out and about, because one of the major causes of food poisoning is unclean water
• Avoid stale food at all costs, stale food can not only cause food poisoning, it also contributes towards liver disorders
• Eat fresh fruits, don’t eat fruits before you wash them. Always wash your fruits thoroughly before you consume them and keep them refrigerated to avoid them from being stale
• Spicy foods should be avoided, sorry. They are known to cause liver disorders, stomach and mouth ulcers

What are the symptoms?
• Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting are common. If you experience any of these after you eat something, it’s time to see a doctor
• Excessive sweating, fever soon after you eat something and dizziness are also symptoms
• Stools that are black, tarry or bloody

What else do we need to know about food poisoning?
You might have heard about what happened in Muzzafargargh sometime back when nine members of a family, including six children died due to poisoned food, which was intentional. Sadly this is not the only case where food poisoning was the reason for someone’s misery. We need to understand that other than food being poisoned intentionally, there are other reasons too;
• Food being prepared with expired ingredients, to eliminate the cost of new ingredients. This is usually practiced in low budget hotels and eateries in Pakistan
• Food being prepared with cheap ingredients, while going cheap isn’t bad but sometimes you need to be vigilant about what ingredients you are using to prepare food
• People who don’t pay attention to expiration dates, which causes food poisoning.

Why does it happen
Costs are high and as they continue to escalate beyond boundaries, people look towards cheap options regarding food and various other necessities. You might think that it’s just food that is being poisoned and unhygienic, turns out that it is water as well, because of poor sanitation issues in the country. Measures taken by the government failed to yield the needed results so the people who don’t have the proper means to acquire clean water become victims of this epidemic, the worst part is that it is spreading rapidly across the country.

So what can we do
We can take precaution, it is better than cure. Pay attention to the tips mentioned and you should be fine. Be vigilant about expiry dates printed on food products and avoid eating out, especially at low budget places. Make it a habit to wash your hands properly before you eat, and wash your hands after you eat too.

What is food poisoning
It is actually a disease of the digestive system which is often caused by eating stale or unhygienic food.
Can food become poisonous
Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered in some way. That is why we call it food poisoning.

Can we prevent it from happening
Yes you can, here are a couple of tips to get you started
• Always wash your hands before eating, try using an antibacterial soap. Research states that people who use antibacterial soaps were less prone to diseases altogether
• Drink clean water, no matter where you are and what you do. Always go for mineral water if you are out and about, because one of the major causes of food poisoning is unclean water
• Avoid stale food at all costs, stale food can not only cause food poisoning, it also contributes towards liver disorders
• Eat fresh fruits, don’t eat fruits before you wash them. Always wash your fruits thoroughly before you consume them and keep them refrigerated to avoid them from being stale
• Spicy foods should be avoided, sorry. They are known to cause liver disorders, stomach and mouth ulcers

What are the symptoms?
• Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting are common. If you experience any of these after you eat something, it’s time to see a doctor
• Excessive sweating, fever soon after you eat something and dizziness are also symptoms
• Stools that are black, tarry or bloody

What else do we need to know about food poisoning?
You might have heard about what happened in Muzzafargargh sometime back when nine members of a family, including six children died due to poisoned food, which was intentional. Sadly this is not the only case where food poisoning was the reason for someone’s misery. We need to understand that other than food being poisoned intentionally, there are other reasons too;
• Food being prepared with expired ingredients, to eliminate the cost of new ingredients. This is usually practiced in low budget hotels and eateries in Pakistan
• Food being prepared with cheap ingredients, while going cheap isn’t bad but sometimes you need to be vigilant about what ingredients you are using to prepare food
• People who don’t pay attention to expiration dates, which

causes food poisoning.
Why does it happen
Costs are high and as they continue to escalate beyond boundaries, people look towards cheap options regarding food and various other necessities. You might think that it’s just food that is being poisoned and unhygienic, turns out that it is water as well, because of poor sanitation issues in the country. Measures taken by the government failed to yield the needed results so the people who don’t have the proper means to acquire clean water become victims of this epidemic, the worst part is that it is spreading rapidly across the country.

So what can we do
We can take precaution, it is better than cure. Pay attention to the tips mentioned and you should be fine. Be vigilant about expiry dates printed on food products and avoid eating out, especially at low budget places. Make it a habit to wash your hands properly before you eat, and wash your hands after you eat too.