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Are buffets safe to eat from?

Are buffets safe to eat from?

Public Health: I am not sure a doctor can speak to all restaurants and other businesses serving food. I think you question may be better addressed by the public health officials in charge of the businesses you are most concerned about.

But, eating a large amount of food at one setting; eating a large amount of carbohydrate calories at one setting or any over eating is not a healthy practice. ...Read more

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Why can a restaurant buffet be a risk?

Why can a restaurant buffet be a risk?

Lots of people: More risky than food sitting around under hot lamps is many people handling the food, most without sanitizing their hands. It is always a good idea to take a scoop of the potato casserole from the new batch than scooping out the last remnants of the old one. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! Family wants to go to a chinese buffet, but I have started my herbalife routine. Will this mess me up a lot?

Could use your help docs! Family wants to go to a chinese buffet, but I have started my herbalife routine. Will this mess me up a lot?

Personal choice: Chinese (and other) buffets offer a variety of choices and you can adhere to the diet you have selected by understanding what is in the diet and what is not. A few misplaced items for one meal will not "mess" up your diet. Herbalife has come under scrutiny lately for its ponzi scheme type marketing structure and the quality of its products - caveat emptor. ...Read more

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If you eat food at a buffet can you get mono from the food or utensils?

If you eat food at a buffet can you get mono from the food or utensils?

Hard to say: The germs of mono are shed in the saliva and can remain active on environmental surfaces for hours. If contaminated utensils were used for a buffet, that might be a source for spread. However, most buffet houses have strict clean plate refill policies and replace serving ware often. Becoming known as a source for a community illness would kill their business ...Read more

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I went to a famous buffet restaurant for a friends bday celebration. Am worried because it is a public buffet! What are safety precaution one take??

I went to a famous buffet restaurant for a friends bday celebration. Am worried because it is a public buffet! What are safety precaution one take??

Stop worrying: No special dangers attend a public buffet. These are tightly regulated and food borne illness is rare. Internet scare sites about catching germs from fellow humans doing ordinary things are best ignored -- they are intended as pranks or disinformation. Glad you went out. ...Read more

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IS it ok to eat at a buffet every 2 weeks?

IS it ok to eat at a buffet every 2 weeks?

Yes, but. . .: That depends upon what you're eating & how much. If you limit yourself to veggies & fruits, then it should be fine. But if you turn into a gluttonous machine & eat tremendous amounts of less nutritious food, then of course the answer is no. Don't forget that there are 13 other days during which you also need to eat healthy foods & exercise regularly. Plus usual advice: don't smoke, get enuf sleep ...Read more

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Sun - buffet mon - diet spot on tue - bad diet thur, fri - foul smelling flatus, diet spot on sat - as above, increase intensity, every 5 min. Diet s..

Sun - buffet mon - diet spot on tue - bad diet thur, fri - foul smelling flatus, diet spot on sat - as above, increase intensity, every 5 min. Diet s..

Flatus: Can result from diet and also from lactose or malabsorption or bacterial overgrowth. If lactose intolerant lactaid substitute or avoidance of milk products may be helpful. If malabsorption specific treatment for the cause will help. Avoiding gas forming food in diet may help ...Read more

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Can there be a site where I can view nutrition information for a chinese buffet?

Can there be a site where I can view nutrition information for a chinese buffet?

USA today article: Http://traveltips. Usatoday. Com/eat-healthy-chinese-buffet-20347.html

this is a start on how to approach a chinese buffet. You can also google nutritional information about a particular buffet before you visit it. ...Read more

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Can eating a lot at an all-you-can-eat buffet one time cause damage to your body?

Can eating a lot at an all-you-can-eat buffet one time cause damage to your body?

Not significantly: If this is only a rare occurrence, it will not likely cause any long-term health issue. Overeating however is never a good idea. ...Read more

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Extremely bloated, gassy, lots of belching and now bad diarreha/ bad omelet at buffet?

Extremely bloated, gassy, lots of belching and now bad diarreha/ bad omelet at buffet?

Probably: It sounds like you have indigestion issues from eating something that you are intolerant to, fid you have anything else? This should resolve quickly, if symptoms worsen let me know. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat @ buffets and salad bars during pregnancy? I've done it several times during pregnancy and I'm 23+4.

Is it safe to eat @ buffets and salad bars during pregnancy? I've done it several times during pregnancy and I'm 23+4.

Yes: If you live in us, it is generally safe to eat atbuffets and salad bars. Restaurants. Have to abide by certain sanitary regulations in order to stay in business. ...Read more

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Daughter had gotten week long fever the past 4 times she's gone to Chinese buffet. Can MSG cause this? No other symptoms.

Daughter had gotten week long fever the past 4 times she's gone to Chinese buffet. Can MSG cause this? No other symptoms.

Food related: If she has symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea stomach pain could be related to Chinese food. But fever alone and no other symptoms unlikely related to food. ...Read more

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Its been almost a year that I had acid reflux and most of the time I cannot eat too much or if I eat at a buffet after a while I will vomit bec it's n?

Its been almost a year that I had acid reflux and most of the time I cannot eat too much or if I eat at a buffet after a while I will vomit bec it's n?

Reflux: Acid reflux may be a serious condition. Overeating can precipitate reflux. The type of foods you eat will also be a factor- greasy foods, fried, tomato based sauces, caffeine and alcohol will make reflux worse in many people. OTC products may help short term, but with symptoms lasting a year, a visit with your doctor is advised. ...Read more

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I got off an eat-all-you-can buffet meal at 1:00pm and I am now heaving a headache. I'm sweating cold. Is this something that I need to worry about?

I got off an eat-all-you-can buffet meal at 1:00pm and I am now heaving a headache. I'm sweating cold. Is this something that I need to worry about?

Yes: Go to the doctor or hospital now. This may be a heart condition, sugar overload (like in diabetes), something more serious like heart attack, or minor like stomach flu. No one can tell for sure without examining you and running tests. ...Read more

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