Have you eaten street foods? How healthy are they?

@Fulltank (2896)
Philippines
October 19, 2009 5:26pm CST
Street foods are common in most places. Every variety of street foods are offered to all walks of people. While still in high school, my classmates and I loved to eat them. Not until one of my classmate got Hepatitis A that every one in my school stop eating street foods. It was found out that the most probable cause is eating street foods. I still eat street foods until now, but not too often. My friend commented that the dirtier the food is prepared, the tastier it is. The preparation, utensils and cleanliness are disgusting, but still many people eat them. I know he's wrong, but I have to admit that street foods are very appetizing. Do you eat street foods and how often?
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17 responses
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
19 Oct 09
I used to eat street foods a lot before. Yes, they are indeed tasty and good to look at. But the risk of getting sick is high being exposed to pollution and the elements. Sanitation and hygiene is also a problem and chances are one will pick up bacteria and viruses in all forms. I tend to be careful in my eating habits now. enjoy life!
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
I guess the reason why eating street foods when I was younger is that my immune system can handle these bacteria and germs. But now, with new viruses and high profiled sickness, I didn't eat that much. Better to buy it in a grocery store and prefer it my self.
@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
I used to eat street food too but not anymore because I'm afraid of catching a disease, especially now that there are lots of diseases spreading, the scariest of all being the ah1n1 flu. It would be better if people would be a lot more careful to protect their health.
@rhycolez (82)
• Indonesia
20 Oct 09
Sometimes I ate them. But, they are not healthy in my opinion. The ingredients used wasn't natural currently. It can cause a side effect on our health. If we eat them oftenly, maybe we would get sick. So, be careful.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
So the key here is to be "careful".
@Mickie30 (2633)
20 Oct 09
I eat some street foods at times it depends whether I think the van looks clean or not. I have no problem eating things like doughnuts, chestnuts and chips, but if it is meat or something like a proper meal then I have my reservations.
@winiepu (42)
• United States
20 Oct 09
When I was in my childhood, I enjoyed the street food a lot. Each time I got off school, my friends and I would like to find something to eat near the street food vendor. There were so many things to choose, such as candy, skewer and some special snacks. Some of them were made by the local people and it was difficult to buy them from the market. It has been an impressive memory in my brain so far. Now I rarely go to eat street food. I am concerned with the hygiene and cleanliness in these places. However I still want to try some street food, If I could find something I was very interested in.
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
That's what everyone told me, and everyone believes. It's not bad to eat it though it's not healthy, as long as you don't each much, like every single day ^_^ I eat streetfoods whenever I'm hungry and my penny is short for meal ^_^ haha
@shilley (157)
• India
20 Oct 09
Yes,street foods are not hygienic.But still we prefer to eat road side food.I am a college going student and i am aware of the ill effects of having road side food,but still i prefer because its cool to hang out with friends and quite affordable for students.
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
20 Oct 09
In NYC we use to get hot dogs from street vendors, they were really good. I do agree that they aren't the cleanest places to eat, but they are really popular.
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
I like eating street foods! though it's not so often anymore, because they are not allowed here in Makati CBD... though when I go home in laguna, I like eating fishballs, and chicken skin, and isaw... hmm. this is making my mouth water..
• India
20 Oct 09
Well our streets in India offer a tremendous variety of food.Very mouth watering and very unhygienically prepared.But every now and then I cannot resist having them , they are so delicious.I know they can cause diseases but the ratio of illness to the number of times I have tasted these foods is remarkably low. So frankly I do not care that much about getting ill, I would carry on experimenting with street food.
@Sreekala (24272)
• India
20 Oct 09
Hi Fulltank, Street foods are common in every places and it is usual that many are eating street food. Every time there will be a rush near to the street vendors (food). It will be tasty because they are using more oil than the needed and some other ingredients to add the taste but it is not good for health. Normally people are not bothered about the health in first hand but attracted to the taste and consuming the same just because of the taste. Cleanliness may not be there, but the dirty thing won’t add the taste. I don’t like to eat the street foods and I prefer home made foods.
• India
20 Oct 09
I’ve eaten street food since childhood and have never fallen sick because of it. Street food is present everywhere in the world mainly because they provide with a variety of food at affordable price to the poor and middle-class. A lot many people suffer from hepatitis, chronic stomach problems and indigestion and such but I don’t think street food is the culprit. Until and unless the hygiene part is really compromised, street food causes so problem. You have to get used to it and the body automatically adjusts its immunity level. And yes, you really have to enjoy the food...food that is not enjoyed in eating or which you eat with a doubt, never gets digested properly.
@hamdanic (11)
• Indonesia
20 Oct 09
sure, when i think the food is health, even in street selling, i not confuse to buy, cause usually they sell their food to get a profit so they must pay attention to everyone whos buy ...
@irefed (200)
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
I enjoy to eat street foods because I find it delicious and there some street foods server in a clean pot and I love to eat it. I eat street foods most of the time after my work.
• India
20 Oct 09
hi i usually go for street foods in my childhood days.i have a opinion that those are very good and healthy.but now i change my opinion on street foods.because i heard a news regarding this type of foods.in mumbai 2 small children has effected by aids.their parents has got a doubt how it their children effect by aids.they inquired about that and finally they knew unbelievable truth.aids came from chef who was working at their nearby hotel.those children usually eat food at that hotel.while that chef cut the vegetables usually their fingers cut by the knife.then his blood drop mix with the food and the children ate that food.the reason why they got aids.that's i am not going for that food.
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
19 Oct 09
When it comes to street food, there is rarely any middle ground with it:you love it or hate it. Concerns of freshness and cleanliness often discourage people from eating street food, which is often connected with take-out, junk food, snacks or finger and fast food. But from where I stand, street food can bring us some unexpected happiness and experience. It is really an amazing thing to go out for street food if you are getting together with your friends. For some travellers, street food is really a part of a region’s food culture, which is attractive for people from other places.
@BART78 (2932)
• Canada
19 Oct 09
i agree with you, they are appetizing and cheap but people who eat street food is playing russian roullete with there health, me too i used to eat street food but when my friend got Hepa-A and there eyes is turning yellow, i stop eating street food until now..
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I think the most common street food around here would be hotdogs. I probably have had food from street vendors a few times in my life. I agree though, it's not very healthy to do.