Should you wash all food

    Washing is one of the primary ways to reduce risk of food poisoning. From hands to kitchen counters, it is important to wash properly to stop the spread of harmful pathogens. However, when it comes to food, the rules of washing are not as clear. There are some foods that should always be washed, and others that should be kept far away from the sink according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reports Extension Educator Andrea Nisley.

Always Wash
    • Fruits and Vegetables with Edible Peels: Wash all produce, no matter whether it is organic or conventionally grown, with cool tap water immediately before eating or using in a recipe. Skip the soap because the porous surfaces on fresh produce can absorb the ingredients in soap. Dry with a paper towel to further reduce the harmful bacteria that may be present on the surface of fresh produce. Misting produce at the grocery store does not clean it.
    • Fruits and Vegetables with Inedible Peels:  What does bananas, avocados, grapefruit, lemons, limes and squash have in common?  You guessed it, inedible peels. Wash all produce, even if it has an inedible peel, because dirt and bacteria can be transferred from the peel to the inside of the fruit, as it is sliced or peeled.
    • Can and Jar Lids: Wash lids before opening them so harmful particles don’t fall into food. Be sure to wash all cans before opening, including canned beverages and soup.

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