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How fast do you know you've eaten bad food?

Asked by AdventureElephants (1397points) January 27th, 2016 from iPhone

I’ve got horrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. I ate breakfast about an hour ago, and I was questioning how fresh the eggs were as I was cooking them… Then again, I ate Chinese buffet for dinner last night. Which one, if either, might be responsible for my bubble guts?

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Pachy's avatar

It depends on a number of factors including whether one’s stomach already has food in it or is empty, what’s actually “bad” about the food, and I suppose one’s overall physical condition is. Based on the details of your question, I’m thinking the buffet is a more likely culprit than the eggs.

I recall eating at an airport cafe something right before boarding a plane and getting violently sick as soon as we took off. Worst flight of my life.

CWOTUS's avatar

There are different kinds of food poisoning depending on the agent that is causing the problem and other factors, including your baseline state of health. Here is a good place to start, at

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’d say it was the breakfast. I got food poisoning once. I knew within half an hour.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Depends on the food. Food poisoning hit me almost 2 days later! We were at a big event where 34 of us got sick due to the cheese or something containing yogurt.

zenvelo's avatar

I’d lean towards the buffet last night, but knowing which caused it won’t make you feel any better right now.

Get some pepto bismol or imodium, stick to bland low sugar low fat food, and stay hydrated. Maybe some diet ginger ale.

Why did you question the eggs? Eggs if stored in the fridge will last a long time, generally 3–4 weeks past the sell by date.

This too shall pass, out of one end or the other.

Mariah's avatar

Not sure imodium is a good idea. You get diarrhea after food poisoning for a reason (to get the bad stuff out fast) so I wouldn’t mess with what your body is trying to do. Just drink a lot of water and Gatorade to keep hydrated and keep your electrolytes up.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think the same things too, @Mariah.

elbanditoroso's avatar

In my case, I threw up and had diarrhea about 30 minutes after the meal. Simultaneously.

Uncooked ground beef.

I couldn’t keep anything down for days.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Food poisoning can hit after a short period or quite a long period. This site suggests two-six hours, but it can be a shorter or longer period of time.

I remember going to a Mongolian BBQ place and people were running to the loo within an hour of eating. Other times, it’s come a few hours after eating.

ucme's avatar

When our chef gets his coat & leaves before dessert.

JLeslie's avatar

Could be either. Most likely the breakfast I think, but impossible to be sure.

Dutchess_III's avatar

One things for sure, you’ll be a lot more careful about what you eat! It’s a misery.

Buttonstc's avatar

One of the important questions here is WHY you were questioning the eggs. Was it something about the way they smelled or tasted? If there was a bad smell or taste, then likely the eggs.

However , if they smelled and tasted as usual and your concern was just about their age, then it’s the buffet from last night.

Generally, when eggs go bad, your nose tells you. Or the taste is so off putting that you can’t get beyond a mouthful or two. If you ate all of them without difficulty then it’s last night.

BTW: ALL that I’mmodium does is slow down bowel motility. That’s not what you want when dealing with food poisoning cuz it just sits in your gut longer.

If you’ve got a decent health food store near you, there is something that will help greatly as it will act both as an absorbent (for all the excess liquid of the diahrrea ) and as an adsorbent.

And no, I did not misspell it the second time, look it up.

Anyhow, ask for Bentonite, preferably colloidal, since it’s easier to deal with already mixed in liquid. But powdered if that’s all they have.

It’s a clay ( Montmorillinite) and it acts to absorb all that excess liquid and firms things up somewhat. (similar to the clay used in clumping cat litter, except this is edible).

In addition it also acts as an adsorbent, drawing out toxins, and binding them to itself. That will help your body rid itself of the poisons for which food poisoning is named.

The FDA classification is GRS (generally recognized as safe)

Both people and animals have been instinctually eating clay therapeutically for centuries so, quite literally, it’s a recipe as “old as dirt” ha ha.

But seriously, it is better for diahrrea than anything on the market.

As a matter of fact, another clay called Kaolin clay was originally the chief ingredient in Kaopectate (get the connection here?) so this is not coming out of left field.

There is no woo here. This is not magic or miracles. Just plain time tested common sense. It just works. Extremely well.

I’ve been using Bentonite clay for over 10 years and it usually stops diarrhea in its tracks with 2–3 doses. I usually get it in a quart bottle with the product name Sonne’s #7 ( in case the clerk is unfamiliar with Bentonite) just ask for that.

Naturally, don’t just take my word for it. Do your own research.

Hope this helps. Feel better soon.

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