If you've ever had food poisoning, you’ll know just how unpleasant an experience it is. It’s generally caused when you eat food that contains contaminated bacteria, parasites or other toxins. There’s no one set way that these toxins can get into your food, so vigilance in paying attention to the food you eat is essential. Tony Hakim is here to tell you how to treat food poisoning.
Causes of food poisoning
Most kinds of food poisoning won’t require you to seek out medical help, but will still be an unpleasant experience regardless. Generally, the less harmful types of food poisoning are caused by:
Food handlers that don’t wash their hands
Food that hasn’t been cooked/refrigerated properly
Consumption of expired food
Foods likely to cause food poisoning
Some foods are more likely than others to cause cases of food poisoning in people. These include:
Meat, especially undercooked mince
Raw or undercooked poultry
Raw or lightly cooked eggs
Coleslaw, pasta salads and rice salads
Unpasteurised dairy products
Symptoms of food poisoning
Okay, let’s say for arguments sake that you have consumed one of the above food items and think that you might be getting food poisoning, what are the symptoms you should be looking out for? Well, in most cases they are:
How to treat food poisoning
Now to the important part; you’ve established that you do in fact have food poisoning, what do you do now?
Firstly, if you believe you have gotten sick from mushrooms or shellfish, you need to immediately contact a doctor, as it could be quite serious.
For other cases, the most important thing to do is drink lots of water. You need to keep hydrated and replace any fluids you lose to the sickness.
Don’t consume any caffeinated beverages or dairy products until you are better, as these are likely to upset your stomach.
While your appetite may be shot, it’s important to still consume calories to keep your energy up. Although it might be best to wait until you can keep solids down.
The best foods to eat with an upset stomach include dry toast, crackers and plain rice.
Taking a probiotic will allow good bacteria into your body, which will help you digest food and hopefully restore balance in your stomach.
It’s important not to take anti-diarrheal medication as your body is trying to purge itself of contaminants and stopping it from doing so could make it.
There you have it. Tony Hakim hopes that these instructions will be of use to you if you ever come down with a case of food poisoning.
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One of the biggest complaints people have about cooking is that making a decent meal takes too much time and effort. It’s certainly understandable that people on the go will usually opt for the quicker, easier option when thinking about food. However, we here at Tony Hakim Food Lovers want you to enjoy homemade cooking done right. So here are 10 of the best cooking tips everyone should know.
COOKING TIP: MAKE USE OF WHAT YOU'VE GOT
A great way to save time and money on going to the supermarket, you can try implementing “clear out the freezer and cupboard” weeks. This will force you to use what’s at hand and help you become a little more creative when planning meals.
COOKING TIP: USE WHAT'S IN SEASON
It’s not a revolutionary idea, but using what’s in season is going to ensure you’re ingredients are both cheap and abundant.
COOKING TIP: KEEP IT SIMPLE
You don’t need to go all out with fancy or obscure meal ideas, often-times the best dinners are the ones that are the simplest to make.
COOKING TIP: DON'T BOIL, STEAM!
Steaming your vegetables, as opposed to boiling them allows them to retain their colour and taste, hold more nutrients and cook faster. Sounds like a fair trade off to me.
COOKING TIP: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
Cooking throughout the week becomes immeasurably easier if you’ve taken the time beforehand to plan out what meals you’re going to have and buy the ingredients.
COOKING TIP: INVEST IN UTENSILS
It doesn’t have to break the bank, but having a good range of utensils at your disposal opens up the range of meals you can create by a large margin.
COOKING TIP: HERBS AND SPICES
It doesn't have to be a secret that herbs and spices can instantly transform a dull, lifeless meal into an explosion of flavour. Experimenting with different combinations can really liven up your old favourites.
COOKING TIP: BUTTER AND EGGS
When baking, you can achieve better results if you let the butter and eggs you’re going to use sit at room temperature overnight.
COOKING TIP: RECIPES ARE NOT THE BE ALL, END ALL
Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix ingredients about. Think of recipes as a guideline rather than something you absolutely must follow.
COOKING TIP: ALWAYS TASTE TEST
It’s a simple step, but one that gets left out all the time. Tasting your food before you serve it will let you know if it needs a little extra flavour, if it should be cooked for longer or if it’s just right.
These cooking tips are all rather straightforward, so Tony Hakim hopes you will be able to incorporate them into your cooking routines.