5 Myths About Washing Produce
I’m not obsessed with using produce wash, nor am I cavalier about biting into unwashed organic fruits and veggies. The fact is I wash my produce before I eat it, but I don’t do it in the shower. In addition I don’t take my lettuce to a car wash, and, according to Modern Farmer extraordinary measures aren’t needed to ensure healthy, clean produce:
- “Produce wash is a must”: Yes, produce wash claims to destroy more bacteria, but the Center for Food Safetyreports that tap water is as good or better.
- “Organic and homegrown produce is clean”: Uh, no. Organic farms may control conditions, but people still feel those apples in grocery stores. As for homegrown, play it safe and wash unless you irrigate with drinking water and are “confident in your soil quality.”
- “Prewashed lettuce needs re-washing”: Nightmare exceptions aside, don’t bother. Just make sure that pre-washed produce isn’t contaminated by your messy cutting board.
- “All veggies with skins need peeling”: No, but you might get a produce brush to wash them.
- “Wash produce the second you get home”: Only if you’re super-obsessive, but then wash again before eating. Problem is, washed produce may spoil faster and all produce can grow bacteria while stored.
Read about the 18 foods that can kill your pet or read some advice on how your dishwasher can help you avoid food poisoning.