As hungry as we are, when we find hair in our dish – the appetite goes down immediately. This is certainly one of the most repulsive things, but is it also something that is harmful to our health?
How delightful is the moment we sit in a restaurant and get the dish we ordered. We start eating it with pleasure but if by chance a hair emerges from the dish, our appetite drops to half.mast, and we unhappily serve the dish back to the embarrassed waitress, who hurries to offer compensation.
Hair in food is a pretty disgusting thing. It is repulsive when it happens in our house, when the hair is ours and all the more so when it comes to the hair of an unfamiliar person placed after honor in a dish for which we paid quite a few shekels. About a year ago there was an incident where a diner at Aroma hung her private hair in a dish and demanded compensation, she just did not know there was a photocopied record of her actions. You may receive compensation or not, but is swallowing hair harmful to our health? Here are some things to know:
Let’s start with the bottom line: no
Hair in food will not kill you and probably will not affect your health either. Hair is made up mostly of keratin, a protein that our nails are also made of, and it does not pose a threat to our digestive system or create medical complications in other areas of the body. Of course, our hair is not sterile, and Staphylococcus aureus sometimes clings to it, but even this will not cause gastrointestinal distress.
To see: Look at the FDA memo
U.S. Food and Drug Administration – FDA Do not at all think that occasional swallowing of hair can be harmful. In the list of dangerous food defects published by the organization, human hair is not mentioned at all. The only place that is mentioned is in the food code of the FDA, Which advises food workers to wear “hair cover means such as hats, hair or net covers, beard cover means, and clothing that covers body hair.” In addition, manufacturers may include an average of up to 11 rodent hairs per 25 grams of ground paprika or ground cinnamon, for example, and many other food products may also contain rodent hairs.
You may feel uncomfortable
“Swallowing hair can cause discomfort in the throat or swallowing area but is not dangerous. There is a condition of swallowing hair or inhaling without being noticed. Especially very small hairs. In case of inhalation can feel discomfort in the airways,” says Dr. Ilan Balu, a nose specialist. Otolaryngology – Clalit Sharon Shomron District and Meir Hospital.
Have you heard of Rapunzel Syndrome?
Unlike a healthy population that occasionally finds hair in a salad, and sucks about it, there is a psychological disorder called Rapunzel Syndrome (or in its medical name: trichophagia) in which people swallow their hair forcibly, scalp hair accumulates in the gastrointestinal tract, and can cause blockage of the gastrointestinal tract. Many such cases are not known in the medical literature, but people who suffer from tachyarrhythmia – a more popular disorder that causes obsessive hair pulling – are at increased risk of developing trichophagia. A few months ago a massive lump of hair was discovered in the abdomen of a 17.year.old girl from England, the girl was operated on and the lump of hair was removed. “In trichophagia, these are very rare cases of ingesting hair in large quantities that can cause damage due to intestinal obstruction.”
Not harmful to health, but replace the dish
Although a single hair on a plate does not pose a risk, it can indicate non.compliance with the sanitary standards where the dish was prepared, at most, you can always ask to replace the dish.