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How can I determine what to eat and what not to eat when i'm traveling abroad?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Be smart

The old adage is "boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it", but data shows that no matter how "careful" we are, we are still subject to "travelers diarrhea".
Perhaps it is a poorly washed plate, or server's hands, or another source of contamination. Eat food served piping hot, fruits/veg you can peel, and travel with standby antibiotic / antimotility rx just in case. Travel is enjoying local food!

In brief: Be smart

The old adage is "boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it", but data shows that no matter how "careful" we are, we are still subject to "travelers diarrhea".
Perhaps it is a poorly washed plate, or server's hands, or another source of contamination. Eat food served piping hot, fruits/veg you can peel, and travel with standby antibiotic / antimotility rx just in case. Travel is enjoying local food!
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Christian Mayaud
Also consider drinking only bottled water depending on the prevalence of TD in that country.
Dr. Mark Taylor (South City Health)
Street food is actually safer than restaurant food, but as long as it's piping hot and eaten straight away
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: CDC website

You can visit the CDC website (www.
Cdc.Gov) for health information on each country/region of the world, including what foods to avoid, how to handle foods, and what infections to look out for. Generally, if in a third-world country, drink filtered or boiled water, don't eat fresh fruits/vegetables, be careful about dairy (pasteurized only), and cook all foods, especially meats & fish.

In brief: CDC website

You can visit the CDC website (www.
Cdc.Gov) for health information on each country/region of the world, including what foods to avoid, how to handle foods, and what infections to look out for. Generally, if in a third-world country, drink filtered or boiled water, don't eat fresh fruits/vegetables, be careful about dairy (pasteurized only), and cook all foods, especially meats & fish.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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