Food Poisoning and Preservation: Treatment for Food Poisoning, Listeria, Diets to Eat During Food Poisoning, Diets to Avoid During Food Poisoning (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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Food Poisoning

Treatment for Food Poisoning

  • In most cases food poisoning gets resolved within three to five days.
  • It can be treated at home.
  • Fruit juice and coconut water restore carbohydrates and helps with fatigue.
  • Sports drinks can be helpful.
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed by the doctors in case of severe symptoms.
  • Antibiotics are not useful in case food poisoning is caused due to virus.
  • Intravenous antibiotics is used for treating food poisoning caused by listeria.
  • Prompt antibiotic treatment is preferred during pregnancy.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies

Lifestyle and Home Remedies


  • The two most deadly outbreaks of food poisoning in the United States were caused by Listeria which is a type of bacteria.
  • This bacterium is associated quite often with:
    • Eating soft cheeses
    • Raw milk
    • Contaminated fruits
    • Contaminated vegetables
    • Contaminated poultry
    • Contaminated meats

Diets to Take During Food Poisoning

Bananas, rice, oatmeal, toast, bland potatoes, boiled vegetables, diluted fruit juices, sport drinks, etc.

Diets to Avoid During Food Poisoning

Fatty foods, dairy products, spicy foods, fried foods, food with high sugar content, highly seasoned foods, etc.

Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning

  • Cooking the foods thoroughly.
  • Refrigerating the leftovers immediately.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be washed well before consuming.
  • Washing hands before and after preparing and consuming food.
  • Soft cheeses such as camembert should be avoided by pregnant women and people who have compromised immune systems.

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