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41. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 454 posts) 7y

About 10 to 15 years ago the EU introduced a regulation demanding that all chopping boards etc be plastic for hygene reasons.....itwas then pointed out that wooden utensils are much more hygenic and the regulation was withdrawn.
Eat with wooden chop sticks the chance of infection is less1

I would love someone to outline the science behind the idea that your immune system gets more resistant to food poisoning.

42. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1306 posts) 7y

Quoting wildfk

About 10 to 15 years ago the EU introduced a regulation demanding that all chopping boards etc be plastic for hygene reasons.....itwas then pointed out that wooden utensils are much more hygenic and the regulation was withdrawn.
Eat with wooden chop sticks the chance of infection is less1

I would love someone to outline the science behind the idea that your immune system gets more resistant to food poisoning.

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I don't know if immunity is the correct word, but close enough. I have had students and friends return to Portugal and get sick eating the same type foods they ate as kids. I have had students return to Vietnam and Cambodia after living in the U.S. for many years - they also got sick eating their favorites back in their native countries.

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can eat with "well used, chewed, licked and sucked off" wooden chopsticks - me, I'll stick with new chopsticks or my own metal utensils or even a spork if I have to!

Imagine how far we have gone. One hundred years ago our forbears would pick up meat at a store that might not even have been kept on ice. They even had a term for "old meat" they referred to it as "a little gamy!"

Just go through some of the food stalls in Asia or Africa, anywhere the meat products are simply hanging up on the street waiting for customers. I really think your body become used to eating foods kept like this and you don't get sick. (Not as sick as a tourist anyway!)

I lived in Vietnam for 2 years, stuff that would make me sick if I ate it in my first 6 months I could eat without any problems a year later. The food didn't change, I did!

Happy New Year.

43. Posted by Sherbet185 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

I so would not trust the street food a lot of it is not refrigerated well and is left sitting there all day and you don't know how old the meat is ewww, I also noticed that most of the people that said it is ok are from these countries so there probably used to it but if your not used to it i wouldn't risk eating it. You can still taste local cuisine in the restaurants!

44. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 454 posts) 7y

What a Sherbert!!!

45. Posted by makulit (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

eating street food is part of the adventure of travelling. you'll be missing a lot if you refuse to do so. you'd be surprised that these could even be cleaner from food from a restaurant since most street food are cooked in front of you.

46. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 7y

Some of the asian street food I have tried has been the tastiest food I've ever eaten. And I will go so far as saying that my stomach was far better there than it was here as all the ingredients are fresh and there's none of the processed crap that we have over here.

Try it - that's what you've got an immune system for - and chances are you'll be alright anyway! Far more likely to catch something dodgy from eating a salad in a restaurant where the food preparation is hidden - at least with street food you can see it being cooked in front of you!

47. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 454 posts) 7y

Quoting Sherbet185

I so would not trust the street food a lot of it is not refrigerated well and is left sitting there all day and you don't know how old the meat is ewww, I also noticed that most of the people that said it is ok are from these countries so there probably used to it but if your not used to it i wouldn't risk eating it. You can still taste local cuisine in the restaurants!

Precisely my point ....all anecdotal and quite possibly stuff and nonsense. I want to know the science behind what you claim

48. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 454 posts) 7y

Al - that last point was aimed at you.

49. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 454 posts) 7y

Gamy - Old meat is not necessarily bad, we still do it.....we still hang meat (beef especially) to tenderise it. Hanging allows enzymes to act on the muscles and make the meat more tender. In the USA they are allowed to hang meat longer than in EU. Of course everyone is familiar with the western habit of hanging "game" i.e. venison or pheasant etc etc.

50. Posted by Sherbet185 (Budding Member 13 posts) 7y

Quoting wildfk

Quoting Sherbet185

I so would not trust the street food a lot of it is not refrigerated well and is left sitting there all day and you don't know how old the meat is ewww, I also noticed that most of the people that said it is ok are from these countries so there probably used to it but if your not used to it i wouldn't risk eating it. You can still taste local cuisine in the restaurants!

Precisely my point ....all anecdotal and quite possibly stuff and nonsense. I want to know the science behind what you claim

Excuse me I'm aloud to have my own opinion, more than half of the people i know that have eaten off street vendors have gotten sick and there not dumb enough to eat off one that looks dirty or the food has been sitting there all day. Plus my point exactly you live there so your used to the way things are cooked, if people wanna risk getting sick then thats there prerogative!