To Avoid Food Poisoning during Hajj, Some Tips to Stay Healthy

Hajj season 2024 has already started and millions of pilgrims have arrived at Saudi Arabia to perform the fifth pillar of Islam. The pilgrims will perform Hajj rituals amid high levels of temperature, overcrowding, and possible danger of food poisoning due to high temperatures.

Therefore, Dr. Siham Soukieh, a nutrition consultant and member of the International Food Safety Organization (IFSO), has provided the pilgrims with the necessary health and nutritional guidelines to avoid food poisoning especially salmonella bacteria.

Causes of Food Poisoning

Dr. Soukieh indicated the causes of food poisoning to educate the pilgrims and advise them, as follows:

1-Not cooking meat well.

2-Drinking raw milk that has not been pasteurized to kill the bacteria

3- Not washing vegetables and fruits well before eating them

4- Not washing hands before cooking or eating

5- Eating some raw foods like eggs or some foods that contain raw eggs such as mayonnaise

Prevention of Food Poisoning

1-Washing fruits and vegetables

2-Washing hands before and after cooking

3-Preparing small quantities of food

4-Keeping leftover food only if you have a refrigerator as keeping cooked food for more than two hours at room temperature or on buses might lead to food poisoning

5- Checking the expiration date of canned foods and drinks and making sure that there is no rust, swelling or leakage from the can

6-Using clean water, preferably bottled mineral water for drinking and cooking

7- Avoiding exposed food to insects and contamination

8- Drinking raw milk and yogurt

9- Drinking sufficient amounts of water and juices regularly

10-Eating food in plastic plates and clean plastic spoons and throwing them after eating

11-Avoid fast, fatty and sweet foods as they decrease body energy and cause indigestion

Healthy Food Examples

Dr. Soukieh recommended certain food to provide pilgrims with energy and good health, as follows:

1-Whole-grain foods. They include dates, barley, oats, brown rice, brown pasta, brown bread and quinoa.

2-Protein foods. They are eggs, red meat, chicken, tuna, fish, shrimp and milk.

3-Fruits. Pilgrims should eat fresh fruits such as bananas, watermelon, mango, figs, cantaloupe, oranges, grapes and cranberries.

Dr. Soukieh advised the guests of Allah to strongly adhere to the guidelines issued by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Ministry of Health in order to safely perform pilgrimage rituals and return their homeland in good health.

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