Is it safe to eat raw meat?

01/6Ever tasted raw meat and is it safe to consume it?

The idea of eating raw meat might freak you out, but many cultures around the world love eating meat raw. However, in the context of Indian cuisine, it might still sound bizarre, but around the world eating raw fish and meat is just an usual trend, but the question arises is it safe to eat raw meat. Here’s all you need to know before you grab a bite!

02/6​Why you must think twice before eat raw meat

No wonder, eating meat might take your imagination back to the age of human evolution, but did you know from Europe to Asian countries, eating raw and parboiled meat and fish is not so unusual as it seems, but it can be the reason for most of your ailments. Yes, raw meat carries the bacteria and pathogens from that animal’s body, which can lead to several ailments like food poisoning and other foodborne diseases like typhoid, jaundice to name a few.

03/6​Why say No to raw meats!

No doubt, it would save so much time, if everyone had raw meat or fish, but it is unfortunate that the meat of dead animals contains the same bacteria and pathogens that the animal had; And anyone consuming that meat in the raw form is at high risk of contracting several health ailments. In fact, according to studies, it has been observed that raw meat is usually contaminated and has several bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins.

Apart from that, the raw meat also gets contaminated during the slaughter, where in the meat is cut using the same knief and is kept with other meats, the virus and pathogens stick to the raw meat and can be harmful in the long run.READMORE

04/6​How can these pathogens affect?

Raw meat mostly has these common pathogens like Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter, which can lead to several diseases and disorders. In fact, these foodborne diseases can immediately lead to food poisoning. Moreover, some of the common symptoms of foodborne illness are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ache, fever, dehydration and headache.

05/6​Best way to eat meat

Across culture, raw meat is often relished with spices, and bacteria killing herbs and extracts, but does that keep pathogens at bay? Well, the answer will disappoint you, but some studies say that raw meat is full of nutrition, but none of these studies rule out the presence of harmful infectants. Hence, the best way to eat meat is by cooking them properly, so that the viruses, bacteria and pathogens are destroyed while cooking. However, there are several dishes around the world that are prepared with raw meat and cooking them would simply change the taste and texture.

06/6​Tips to eat meat safely

Eating raw meat has always been a matter of debate; On one hand some experts believe that cooking meat can reduce the concentration of nutrients in the meat, on the other hand some experts claim that eating meat has more cons than pros! Hence, here a few tips you can follow to ensure that the meat you eat is safe to eat, even if it is raw!

-Always try to cook the meat properly, this kills the harmful pathogens and bacteria present in meat.

-Always marinate your meat and then cook it. The spices and herbs like garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric and vinegar, help in reducing the pathogens.

-Always mince the meat at home to avoid mix up of pathogens at the slaughterhouse.

-Last but not the least, always par boil the meat, it helps in reducing the risk of food borne diseases. To retain the slight raw texture of the meat , after parboiling washing under cold water.

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