Betamax, kwek kwek, IUD are just few of the weirdest words I knew on my first pace on CM Recto.
My mom told me not to eat food from ambulance vendor. Hence she taught me what might
happen to me after eating it.
Thypoid fever, Hepatitis are two of the most common diseases a person could have from eating this kind of food. I thought my mom was doing a sort of lying to scare me and my
dad who loves eating street food.
As I walk along the streets of Recto I learned that there is an existing place called
‘HEPALANE’ a street where all kinds of street foods are dinned. Most of the stalls serve shoamai or steamed dumpling. For only 27 pesos , 5 pieces of steamed dumplings and a cup of rice are all yours.
Moreover, the kwekwek or the coated quail eggs are also in for most of the residents of Recto. For 10 pesos you may enjoy 4 pieces of it.In other words a single dime could fill you.
Perhaps street foods are cheap, but we must know the facts behind the food we enjoy along
Quail eggs are mostly eaten by foxes, because it has more protein than an egg. Quail eggs
are packed with vitamins and minerals. Even with their small size, their nutritional
value is three to four times greater than chicken eggs. Quail eggs contain 13 percent
proteins compared to 11 percent in chicken eggs. Quail eggs also contain 140 percent
of vitamin B1 compared to 50 percent in chicken eggs. In addition, quail eggs provide
five times as much iron and potassium. Unlike chicken eggs, quail eggs have not been known to cause allergies or diathesis. Actually they help fight allergy symptoms due to the ovomucoid protein they contain.
Hence, quail eggs have 4 to 6 times of a regular egg basically those who have hypertension
must avoid eating too much.
On the other hand, other street foods like isaw, and IUD can cause trikinosis or
trichiniasis trikinisis, parasitic disease caused by the roundworm Trichinella spiralis.
It follows the eating of raw or inadequately cooked meat, especially pork. The larvae are
released, reach maturity, and mate in the intestines, the females producing live larvae.
The parasites are then carried from the gastrointestinal tract by the bloodstream to
various muscles, where they become encysted. It is estimated that 10% to 20% of the adult
population of the United States suffers from trichinosis at some time. In many people the
disease exhibits no symptoms and is discovered only at autopsy. In others it causes
diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms as the worms multiply in the digestive tract.
When the larvae circulate through the bloodstream, the patient experiences edema,
irregular fever, profuse sweating, muscle soreness and pain, and prostration. There may be
involvement of the central nervous system, heart, and lungs; death occurs in about 5% of
clinical cases. Once the larvae have imbedded themselves in the muscle tissue, the cysts
usually become calcified; however, the infestation usually causes no further symptoms
except fatigue and vague muscular pains. There is no specific treatment.
Therefore we must be aware of what we are eating some may cause good effect and sadly
others really do not.