9. Raw Produce
Unless vegetables and fruits have a thick skin, like bananas, you should avoid raw produce in areas where the water isn’t safe to drink. This means skipping salads and salsas made with uncooked tomatoes, onions, and/or peppers, and opting instead for cooked fruits and veggies. “While you’re curled over the toilet cursing the hot dog or seafood you ate, the accompanying lettuce or tomato could have been the real culprit,” said Sonpal.
8. Unpasteurized Dairy
Stopping at local farmers’ markets might seem like a great idea while vacationing, but you should probably skip these adventures, especially if you’re a child, are pregnant, or have a weakened immune system. “Unpasteurized cheese has been associated with pathogenic microorganisms like Listeria monocytogenes,” said Toby Amidor, MS, RD, author of Smart Meal Prep for Beginners. “Pregnant women who consume foods with the bacteria, especially in the third trimester, can experience miscarriage or stillbirth.” According to the CDC, listeriosis is a serious infection that affects an estimated 1,600 people per year, and about 260 die from it.
7. IceRelated: The 10 Dirtiest Foods You’re Eating
It’s hot outside and you’re thinking of cooling off with a cold refreshing beverage; however, you might be better off drinking your beverage at room temperature in countries with unsafe drinking water. And also remember to avoid frozen or blended drinks made with ice. “Research shows that many people who develop travelers’ diarrhea from E. coli don’t contract it from the local water, but from the ice that their drinks are chilled with,” said Sonpal. Travelers’ diarrhea affects 30 to 70 percent of travelers and can also cause symptoms like fever and vomiting.