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Do you always wash your fruits before eating them? Be honest. It seems reasonable to dust off an apple in a hurry, and I bet you rarely think about scrubbing that cantaloupe before you slice it open. According to the CDC, foodborne illnesses affect nearly 46 million Americans each year, and cross-contamination is one of the most common causes for an outbreak.handling of food in the kitchen can go a long way in protecting both you and your dinner guests from food poisoning. Still, not all contaminants can be washed off once they have made their way into your porous produce.
In any event, it never hurts to handle your raw fruit with care to ensure the safety of your friends and family, but cleaning it properly isn’t exactly as simple as it sounds. A debate involving the efficacy of tap water over vinegar has led to multiple studies being conducted to decide the absolute best way to wash your fruit.
The long and winding road that delivers your fruits from the field to the grocery store includes several points of potential contamination, which makes these five steps for washing fruit vital in ensuring your family ingests the nutrients and not the pesticides, insects, and pathogens lurking on that apple.
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Angela Carlos is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @angelaccarlos.