Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Vegetable

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VegetablesAccording to the latest dietary guidelines, four to five servings of fruits and vegetables are needed for optimum health. But ingesting the rotten ones may spell doom for us! Vegetables are the prime sources of fiber and antioxidant vitamins. They help control blood sugars and reduce cholesterol. This makes it more important than ever to prevent spoilage of vegetables and understand the causes. A variety of vegetables are present all year round. Consuming seasonal, fresh produce is essential.




 


 


 


 


 


Causes Of Spoilage


  • If vegetables are not stored under right temperature and humidity levels, it can support the growth of mold and bacteria.



  • Cuts and bruises provide a means of passage for worms and microbes which cause rotting.



  • If the wash water is contaminated, it is surely a breeding ground for bacteria which can cause disease.



Harmful Effects Of Eating Rotten Vegetables


  • Dirty leafy vegetables are the most common cause of health problems. This occurs because washing is generally inadequate. Also, if the water used is contaminated with fecal matter of animals then it is associated with outbreaks in a large number of people at the same time. E coli is responsible most number of times. The result is severe gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, vomiting and pain in the abdomen.



  • Pre packed salads are easily available in the market. They help save time and are preferred by many. However if unsanitary conditions were present during the cutting and packaging of these vegetables, it can lead to contamination by Salmonella bacteria. It causes salmonellosis which is the presence of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Dehydration is a risk and if it is not managed can lead to intensive care in the hospital.



  • Hepatitis, a serious infection of the liver can be caused by raw unclean vegetables. The main reason is contamination by fecal matter. The hepatitis A virus can cause nausea, muscle ache and fever. If untreated it can effect the normal functioning of the liver.


 


Tips To Identify Rotten Vegetable


  • While at the grocery store, buy only undamaged produce.



  • If you are buying pre cut vegetables ensure that they were stored in the refrigerator.



  • Make sure that vegetables are stored away from raw meat and poultry to minimise risk of contamination from meat juices.



  • After purchase if any rotten vegetable is noticed, it is best to discard it.



  • At home refrigerate leafy vegetables and mushrooms immediately after buying as they have a short shelf life.



For consumers, food safety begins at home. It is important that we are aware of the above tips for protection from microbes which will prevent rotting and thus enjoy good health.


 


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