Eating undercooked or even raw chicken is what most people don't even bother with but sometimes it can happen. whether you are being adventurous or trying to chow down on some grilled chicken that still needs more time to be done, you should be aware of the danger.
Why You Should Never Eat Undercooked Or Raw Chicken
Whatever reasons you may have heard, eating raw or undercooked chicken is a no-no and can have an adverse effect on our body, and eating raw chicken can also cause food poisoning as they contain some bacteria that cause food poisoning.
Some of the most common bacteria that one can get from chickens that can cause food poisoning include:
1 E. coli
4 Clostridium perfringens
It will be good to also note down that food poisoning isn't just something brief, symptoms of it can start within few hours after consuming the food and sometimes can make one go sick up to a week depending on the bacteria contracted.
Some symptoms of food poisoning include stomach cramping, diarrhea, fever and it can sometimes come with nausea and vomiting. Some of the symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to dehydration.
Additional dangers to this include more damage to your immune system. It will weaken your immune system and people with a weakened immune system can even have more severe or serious complications from food poisoning.
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How To Protect Yourself From Food Poisoning
The best way to protect yourself is to make sure that you cook your chicken very well to an internal temperature of 165 F. Don't just say you are trusting your instincts when cooking.
How To Properly Store Raw Chicken
It's best to freeze your chicken if you are storing it for more than two days. You can also store it in its original package just be sure to cook it as soon as it is thawed.
How Can You Know That Raw Chicken Has Gone Bad?
Good raw chicken will be pink and moist when buying it and without being slimy. If the color of the chicken is a bit off and slimy, then that means it's bad.
Also, you can know through the smell, Normal and fresh chicken always have a slight smell but if the smell is now funky or even rotten then you don't need to buy or eat it.
To make sure that your chickens don't get bad, don't thaw them on the counter or even in the sink. The best way to always thaw it is in the microwave, in cold water, or in the refrigerator.
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