When traveling to certain foreign countries, tourists are warned NOT TO DRINK THE WATER.
However, it turns out we import fruits and veggies from those very same countries.
Didn't they water their veggies with water?
What am I missing?
asked byCaveMan_Mike (3275)
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on May 09, 2012
at 08:42 PM
it's usually suggested not to eat RAW veggies in those instances
on May 10, 2012
at 05:44 PM
It doesn't apply to all countries, just generally 3rd world ones. Our water is pretty sterile so basically anyone can drink it. Those countries don't treat their water so well so you'll find micro organisms in the water supply. It's not a problem for the people that live there but it is for those who are visiting since their immune systems aren't adapted to the bacteria. You'll adapt as well given enough time (typically a few months) and lose that adaptation over about the same time period. Water in the fruit and vegetables doesn't suffer from this problem since that organism has had to defend itself from the contamination. Water on the surface can still be problematic, though, which is why people generally stick to cooked fruits and vegetables. And as I learned the hard way in India (requiring a short trip to the ER), roadside yogurt isn't a safe food either, despite the probiotic bacteria that you'd think would take care of the contamination.
on May 09, 2012
at 08:48 PM
This does not cover all circumstances, but many:
The vegetables are watered by stuff from the sky and the stuff that comes from the tap gets there through human endeavour... which might include dodgy plumbing materials, unsanitary collection methods etc etc