Dangers Of Eating Raw Meat
Forget about sushi, the dangers of eating raw meat are many. In case you have been served with uncooked meat recently or you are just reading it for general information, know that eating the meat in its raw form comes with its share of problems, which are best avoided.
Why Is Raw Meat Unsafe?
The most significant problem with eating raw meat is that it contains bacteria. These bacteria ideally thrive between 4 to 60 degrees Celsius. Therefore, it is very important to cure the meat, cook it thoroughly and then eat it. In case you consume raw meat, you ingest those bacteria and you don’t need us to tell you what happens then.
2) Why Sushi And Not Raw Meat?
The difference is the saltwater. Fish, especially saltwater fish, is safer to eat raw because the salt water helps to kill bacteria inside the fish. You may ask how can Eskimos survive on raw meat? Well, temperature is the key here. Eskimos eat raw meat such as that of whale and seal right after killing it. Therefore, bacteria doesn’t have time to breed.
Carnivorous wild game like wolf, fox, boar, and bear are more likely to pass on this disease, which comes from the parasite called trichinella worm. This parasite leads to a weak body and bowels for months on end. Therefore, no eating of raw game, even if it is killed fresh.
In case of the raw meat of a caribou, you are at a risk of consuming bacteria brucellosis along with it, which will wreak your body with fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite. You surely don’t want to suffer like that.
5) Other Microbes
Other bacteria, which you may accidentally consume along with the raw meat are E. coli and Salmonella. Only recently, Salmonella outbreak wreaked havoc across many countries, including the US, and left scores of people seriously ill. Although, raw meat is not the only thing you will find salmonella in. Salmonella outbreaks have been noticed in food items like cilantro too. But that should make you more cautious against raw meat. In addition, eating raw meat or undercooked meat can also lead to contaminations such as Listeriosis, Toxoplasmosis, Congenital Toxoplasmosis, and Alveolar Hydatid Disease.
Eating raw meat should be limited to eating sushi and in case you ever face a situation where you don’t have a choice, then this is the only way to eat raw meat.
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