Although many of us are taking all proper precautions and recommendations to keep ourselves and our families safe in the midst of COVID-19, it’s important to watch out for other illnesses and nasty bugs out there that can still pose a risk to our health. For instance, recent studies have shown that foodborne outbreaks keep increasing year over year. A recent food cleanliness survey found that nearly 20 percent of people still don’t regularly wash their produce before consuming and nearly one in four Americans wash their refrigerator vegetable drawers every six months to a year!
Thanks to optimal temperatures, access to nutrients, high moisture, and zero UV rays, your refrigerator drawers make the perfect environment for bacteria growth. If you’re not sanitizing your drawers every one to two week, they can actually end up being up to 45 times dirtier than a public toilet seat — yikes! If you’d like to know what some of the dirtiest spots in your kitchen are and the best way to wash fruits and vegetables to avoid catching a nasty bug or a foodborne virus, be sure to check out the infographic below!
“Sticky fruit labels don’t only exist to annoy us, leave glue on our apples and end up on the bottoms of our shoes. They serve a useful function as well, like telling us if they’re conventional food, real food, or frankenfood.
So maybe you don’t care about where your fruit comes from. That’s fine. But I can tell you that lots of big corporations and lawyers and stockholders and accountants and bankers and politicians would prefer if you didn’t ask.“
We can only advice you: Prefer buying fresh local produce or in the farmer’s market, usually they sell fruits and vegs without a sticker or even better, grow your own food 🙂 That way you can also skip the litter that these stickers are part of.
Eating seasonally is the best, but it can be a little tricky to keep track of what’s available when. While one could always just take a stroll through the market to find out what’s at its prime, that can make meal planning a bit tricky. Instead, check out this guide PopSugar has put together (which you can also download/print), and you’ll know what to expect at your market, what to look forward to in months to come, and what to get your fill of before it’s gone.
If you are unable to tell which tomatoes are ripe or if that lettuce is fresh, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a helpful guide on how to select vegetables at the supermarket that LifeHacker has put it in an easy-to-scan, printable infographic format to save it on your phone or print it out and take it to the store, and you’ll always have the freshest veggies. Check it out below.