What not to eat when traveling

Eating and drinking when traveling: tips

When it comes to eating and drinking when traveling, there are a few things you should keep in mind so that you can get through the trip unscathed. Not every country has such high hygiene regulations as in Germany. These tips show what to look out for on vacation.

Eating and drinking abroad: caution is advised

Foreign countries, foreign customs. In many countries the hygiene conditions differ greatly from those in Germany - especially when traveling to hot countries there is a high risk of catching so-called traveler's diarrhea, for example.

In Europe, too, one is not always safe from contaminated food and drink. The problem: most dishes do not show any impurities - infections and other illnesses can be the result of careless consumption.

Of course there is no one hundred percent protection against stomach and intestinal diseases when traveling - but with caution and with the help of a few tips you can significantly reduce the risk of illness, as the German Green Cross (DGK) knows.

Tips for drinking when traveling: Tap water as a source of danger

In many countries, drinking tap water is the leading cause of various gastrointestinal diseases. Especially in tropical and subtropical as well as so-called Third World countries, the tap water is often not clean. This can also apply to countries of the European Union - for example, the tap water in the Canary Islands, a popular holiday region, is not suitable for drinking.

Caution should also be exercised with milk. Avoid uncooked, fresh milk - industrially packaged products are the better choice, as the DGK recommends on its website. So you should definitely boil water and unpasteurized milk - for at least one minute!

Tip: You should also use mineral water for daily brushing your teeth - you can buy this in large multi-liter packs. In general, you should only drink drinks from originally closed bottles.

Food tips: frying, boiling and peeling

Since many restaurants abroad use tap water to prepare products such as ice cream and ice cubes, you should refrain from doing this. Milk ice cream is also a risk product. You should only enjoy meat and fish well cooked. You should always peel raw vegetables or fruit yourself and not take them carelessly from the buffet, as the social insurance for agriculture, forestry and horticulture informs. Salad may have been washed in contaminated water - be careful here too. A tip: watch the cooks. You will quickly notice whether food is freshly prepared or not.

In warm countries, your food and drink can spoil very quickly at room temperature. Always cool your food well and avoid interruptions in the cold chain - this is especially true for dairy products.

The rule of thumb for eating and drinking when traveling is: "Cook it, boil it, peel it or forget it!", In German: fry it, boil it, peel it or forget it!

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