What Really Happens When A House Fly Lands On Your Food

Contamination with Bacteria: House flies are known to carry a variety of bacteria and pathogens on their bodies and legs. When they land on your food, they can transfer these microorganisms to the food surface. 

Regurgitation and Digestive Enzymes: Flies have a habit of regurgitating and excreting digestive enzymes onto solid food surfaces before they consume it. This helps them break down the food externally before ingesting it. 

Transmission of Parasites: In addition to bacteria, flies can also carry and transmit various parasites and their eggs. 

Spoilage and Odor: Even if a fly doesn't directly transmit pathogens, its presence can lead to food spoilage. Flies may lay eggs on food, which hatch into larvae (maggots), accelerating the spoilage process and producing unpleasant odors. 

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Health Risks: Consuming food contaminated by flies can lead to gastrointestinal infections and other health problems. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and in severe cases, systemic infections. 

To prevent contamination from flies, it's important to cover food properly, especially when dining outdoors or in areas where flies are present. 

Use fresh herbs as garnishes to add color and flavor to your dishes. Sprinkle chopped herbs over soups, salads, grilled meats, or roasted vegetables just before serving. This simple addition enhances the visual appeal and taste of your meals. 

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