Food contamination can happen during growing, harvesting, processing, storing, shipping, and preparing which can make it hard to determine the root cause. Mayo Clinic explains, “Cross-contamination — the transfer of harmful organisms from one surface to another — is often the cause.” Raw foods like salad and produce are more susceptible to cross-contamination because they aren’t cooked before eating which means harmful organisms won’t be destroyed. This can lead to food poisoning.
So how do you know if you have food poisoning? Symptoms of food poisoning can begin between a few hours to several days after eating contaminated food. The most common symptom is feeling sick but there are other symptoms too. Follow along as we explore some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning that you should be on the lookout for.
Most people who get food poisoning experience diarrhea. Diarrhea consists of watery, loose, and possibly more frequent bowel movements. It generally occurs at least three or more times in a 24-hour period.
Healthline explains, “It occurs as inflammation makes your bowel less effective at reabsorbing the water and other fluids it secretes during digestion.” It’s important to note, that diarrhea can make you lose more fluid than normal which can put you at risk for dehydration. Even though you feel unwell make sure you continue to drink water and sip on liquids like broths and soup to stay hydrated.