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Healthy Eating Tip: Wash Produce You're Going to Peel

Healthy Eating Tip: Wash Produce You're Going to Peel

You're probably already eating a good amount of fruits and vegetables but are you washing them all? I recently went to eat a banana and someone said, "Aren't you going to wash that first?" I thought, well no because I am going to peel it. But should I? So I did a little investigative work and here is what I found out: you should wash all fruits and vegetables, even those that you only eat the inside of, like bananas, kiwis, mangos, etc. Imagine how many hands and things touch the fruit before it actually gets to your mouth. Your hands could pick up the bacteria on the unwashed peel and transfer it onto the part you eat. This goes for all fruits and vegetables that you may peel before eating, so why not wash them first? It only takes a few seconds.

Do you already wash produce you're going to peel or not eat the skins of?


itsthatgaljay itsthatgaljay 8 years
To me, health is about fighting the germs, not avoiding contact with them. That seems like saying, i have good fitness because i don't do anything that gets me out of breath. Besides, the vast majority of bacteria aren't harmless, and the ones that are, often are difficult to kill.
nv27 nv27 8 years
Pass. I'll take the germs.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
i never wash the food im going to peel now i think im going start but i can see my self getting lazy doing that then going back to my old ways but im going to try to stick to it anyways thanks for the advice!!!!! Fitsugar :)
rpenner rpenner 9 years
wow, never thought of that
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I don't really think you need to do this.
idawson idawson 9 years
yes to other fruits but never considered washing bananas.
linds1019 linds1019 9 years
I usually wash fruits and veggies, but not bananas. I've never gotten sick after eating a banana, so I guess it's not that big a deal...
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I wash ALL fruit except banannas...
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
There is no way I am doing this.
emalove emalove 9 years
It seems a little unnecessary to me to wash a banana...or an orange.
taratootie taratootie 9 years
Blondambition: You should wash eggs if you are using them raw, or plan on eating any of that cookie dough/ cake batter (like I ALWAYS do!). Other than that, youre good... no washing needed. Salmonella lives on the eggshells, so you could cross contaminate. If youre cooking its okay, but like I said for the cookie dough...
7bits 7bits 9 years
I love eating bacteria. It's the non-pansy route.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It depends. I only wash things like melons that I'm going to cut because you can transfer germs from the outside to the inside with the blade. Bananas, oranges, etc., I don't wash because I'm not peeling the banana and then touching it before I eat it. Don't most people peel them and just bite directly off the freshly peeled fruit?? People really ARE getting really germophobic these days.
Lindira Lindira 9 years
Well, what about the bacteria and microbes in tap water? Are we gonna start washing our fruit in purified water now? This is getting just more than just a little insane. People need to be exposed to germs every now and then to build their immune systems. Not only do we need it, it's unavoidable. Even if you get rid of the germs on the banana, there are normal bacteria everywhere - in the air, on the clean knife you cut it with to put it in your cereal, on your clean hands... The over-sanitization actually makes the situation worse. Sure, you can clean your kids' toys with a bleach solution like in the commercials, and they'll get rid of 99.9% of bacteria. But what about that .1%? You just killed off all the weak bacteria and let the strongest ones survive. Then they'll multiply and make you even sicker. *gets off soapbox* :P
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
There's no way I'm washing my banana before I eat it. I eat it because it's a good on the go food.. meaning I don't have to be near a kitchen/bathroom/anywhere before I eat it.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
yeah, this seems a little crazy to me...
JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
No, I don't wash fruit I peel. I rarely even remember to wash half the fruit I DON'T peel. I'm totally the anti-germaphobe, and so far it's working - neither of my sons (2 and 4) has ever had to go to a doctor because of an illness, my husband and I haven't visited a doctor for an illness in 5+ years. I think regular exposure to minor germs probably protects our immune system and helps to prevent reactions like allergies.
blondambition02 blondambition02 9 years
My boyfriend and I always argue about whether you need to wash eggs. I was thinking that you shouldn't but I guess you should wash them because other people touch them!
hebrew-hunny hebrew-hunny 9 years
It never would have even occurred to me to wash the outside of a fruit that I would peel...but I think I will start. Thanks.
taratootie taratootie 9 years
This is getting ridiculous. A moderate amount of germs are good for you. It builds up immunity and antibodies. If your body is never exposed to them, then it wont know how to fight them. Basically unless you are on chemo or SCID then I think youll be fine and even benefit from it. Im going to go eat a dirty banana now...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
As much as I get the logic behind it, I'm way too lazy to do this, especially for bananas and oranges.
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