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Guide to washing your food

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If you place a high value on your health, you know how important it is to wash your food well.

While the process is simple – turning on a faucet and rinsing your food, there are a few nuances that are essential for you to remember.

Below are products we wash incorrectly:

1. Frozen fruits and veggies

While frozen fruits and vegetables tend to save us more time in the kitchen – no chopping required – before freezing, vegetables are washed with water. However, most people do not wash frozen products before using them, which is fine if they are being cooked at a high temperature. But for al dente vegetables, they should be washed thoroughly to get rid of the dirt and bacteria.

2. Rice

Rice, particularly long grain rice, should be rinsed 3 to 4 times before cooking. The main danger lies not in the dust but in the starch covering rice. The starch is what causes the rice to clump together, making it look unappetizing. Other starchy grains like corn or wheat grains should be rinsed until the water runs clear.

3. Mussels and oysters

All seafood in shells, including mussels and oysters, should be thoroughly rinsed – even if you buy the frozen packet, as they are full of sand and grit.

4. Milk and dairy products

The packaging of milk, yogurt, and other liquids should all be washed before opening. Thousands of customers touch these items, pick them up and read the information on the labels. As soon as we open a bottle, the bacteria from people who have previously handled the container can easily be passed on.

5. Fish

Unless you are going to eat fish raw, there is no need to wash it as high temperatures all bacteria. Furthermore, if you rinse raw fish, there is a risk of spreading the bacteria all around your kitchen. Bear in mind that after handling the fish, you should wash your hands, the cutting board and the knife.

6. Cabbage

Cabbage must be washed thoroughly no matter what type of cabbage it is. Cauliflower, which comes from the same family as the cabbage should be cleaned well, in all its nooks. To cook red or white cabbage, remove the upper two layers as they tend to hide dirt and dust. To get rid of bugs and bacteria put the cabbage in the sink and fill with water, adding some vinegar and leave for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with clean water.

7. Canned beverages

Don’t gulp a can of soda without washing it or wiping it down first. Cans travel in dusty trucks and are handled by many people. In fact, it’s all the better if you pour the contents from the can into a glass.

8. Lettuce

Greens are extremely tasty and healthy. But when preparing lettuce, don’t forget to rinse it first. To get rid of sand or dirt in the leaves, you need to tear the lettuce and leave it to soak in cold water for a couple of minutes. Once you take the lettuce out, place in a colander or on a clean kitchen towel and let it dry.

9. Apples

Apples, like most fruits, need to be thoroughly rinsed & scrubbed to remove the wax coating. Studies show that if you soak fruits in water and baking soda for 12 minutes, the majority of the chemicals will be washed away.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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