Texas to Mexico

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Great Veggies, Fruits & Bacteria~get that stuff washed~pronto!

When a Gringo moves to Mexico the first thing they are warned about is water consumption & food preparation. The culture & cuisine offer many new things but chief complaint above all is how it can totally wreck a non resident's digestive system! The water treatment has been brought more the the world health standards in the last 20 years but is still sorely lacking when compared to water purification else where. We do not drink the water ever!!! End of conversation. All of our water here is purchased, any ice we consume is made from this water. I have learned how to spot the water purification certificate in the restaurants we frequent. Something as innocent as a poorly washed salad here or bad ice can make you want to curl up & die!!! We wash all of our produce in Microdyn Drops, this prevents us from falling ill from bacteria, amoebas, etc. It is a rather big undertaking to come home from the store with the groceries & produce & have to wash everything you buy before putting it away! I can't imagine our life with out these purification drops. The local water supply here also has a high level of Arsenic that comes from the soil here in the desert. If it is not one thing is half a dozen others!! We don't ever skip the all important washing step however & haven't had to pay the price by being hit by the dreaded Montezuma's Revenge! Most people who have ever traveled South of the Border know from whence I speak!! I am also thinking with the recent Spinach & Green Onion drama in the States the disinfectant drops are a good idea! Our useful drops advertise that they are "El Mas Efectivo"~let us certainly hope so.


Blogger Nancy said...

I remember a book I read, I think by Ann Tyler, and one of the crazy characters, the father, insisted on EVERYTHING being washed! All the food, meat, whatever that came in to the house.
You post made me think of that!
The lettuce looks so good you would never think it could make you sick!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

That is the deceptive part! All the fruit down here is great, you just have to not eat it before you clean it! Glad I don't have to wash the meat too!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

hey, with everything we've got here...spinach, green onions, ecoli, we might need that here!

7:30 PM  

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