Mar 24, 2009, 8:26 PM
Post #3 of 17
I am much less cautious than that, but I believe we all have different tolerances to bacteria. I wash all my produce at home with microdyne, unless I am going to cook it. Then, just tap water. I drink bottled water, but usually brush my teeth with tap water. I eat fresh salads in restaurants, with no hesitation, because the places that serve what gringos call salads normally prepare them hygenically (or they would be out of business soon). I do not eat the fresh salsa that is served at taco stands unless I know it is fresh and cold. A local newspaper in Mazatlán warned that salsa was a major source of stomach ailments during the summer months, and reports are that in the US, salsa also is often a problem in restaurants. I have no hesitation eating peeled fruit of any kind in a restaurant or even on the street. I wash my hands a lot, in fact, whenever I come into the house. I have never been sick in Mazatlán, and I have lived here over 6 years. I have been sick twice in México, once at a very nice ($$) place in Vallarta, right after eating a wonderful shrimp curry, and once after eating a Chinese dinner in Guadalajara. And once in the US after eating a hamburger. Each event lasted about 24 hours. These incidents span almost 50 years. Could have happened anywhere.
Please don't limit yourself too much, or be too frightened. If you go to a restaurant Lakeside, eat the salad, the fruit, don't worry! If you eat on the street, go where everybody else does!
Have a great and healthy experience. Dee