Eating on the side of the road is high enough to cause disease. For this reason, you need to be careful in choosing roadside food. Even so, sometimes we have trouble finding food while traveling or if it’s too late. The easiest option is to buy food on the side of the road. The following are tips on choosing healthy food on the roadside:
Pay attention to where to sell
You should stay away from selling places that are close to dirty gutters, garbage dumps, or lots of animal waste. Many street vendors occupy locations above the ditch. Unpleasant odors often appear in these locations. You should avoid these places to eat because they have the potential to cause digestive pain. You can also observe whether there are many animals, such as cockroaches or rats, that roam the selling area. And preferably, you avoid these places to eat and choose to eat elsewhere.
Pay attention to the color of the food being sold
Some foods are found to use textile dyes which are harmful to the body because they can cause cancer. As much as possible do not use ketchup unless you are sure of its quality. Apart from meatballs, other snacks, such as sliced fruit, also need to be watched out for. Don’t be interested in buying mangoes that are very yellow or watermelons that are red in color.
Pay attention to how to process and serve food
Many traders do not really pay attention to the health of food. This is evident from the way he treats food. Often we see food vendors touching food directly with their hands and then touching other items such as money. In fact, money is an item that often changes hands and a lot of bacteria stuck there. Avoid traders who handle food directly without hand gloves.
Pay attention to the amount of flavoring used
There are various Food Additives that are mixed into food. One of them is MSG flavoring which makes dishes delicious and tasty. The use of these Food Additives must comply with regulations, including MSG. Various traders show directly the process of adding flavoring, especially street vendors. You can ask to reduce or eliminate MSG because MSG can cause diseases such as Chinese restaurant syndrome. Even if you don’t see it right away, you can also estimate how much flavoring is added by the taste of the food.
Pay attention to the dishwasher
Many street vendors wash dishes in buckets and not with running water due to limited access to clean water. Many bacteria wallow in the soaking tub. Especially if washing is just rinsing. In addition, if the dishes are cleaned with a rag that is dirty and seems rarely washed, then you should not eat on the spot. Choose a place to eat that washes cutlery using clean running water. You can ask for your food to be taken away or you can buy it elsewhere.