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    The 5 dirtiest foods - Healthy Living on Shine

    How would you rate your food-safety IQ? I know someone who never washes their fruits and vegetables after bringing them home from the market because he believes that they're washed at the store. Um, no. Read on to learn about what some call the "5 dirtiest foods" and for a food safety wake-up call...
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    The dirty food list, according to this fascinating piece I found over at AOL Health include the following:
    Eggs: While most eggs aren't going to make anyone sick, experts estimate that more than 2 million germy eggs (as in Salmonella infected) get into circulation each year, sickening 660,000 people each year and killing as many as 300. Um, maybe we should think twice about eating that cookie dough (or, judging by our conversation on Vitamin G, perhaps you'd rather take your chances?). How to buy cleaner eggs? Make sure the carton says they're pasteurized and never buy a dozen that contains any obvious cracks or leaks.
    Peaches: They're pretty, but that's just skin-deep. Health experts warn that peach skins are doused in pesticides before they make it to grocery store to prevent blemishes. On average, a peach can contain as many as nine different pesticides, according to the USDA. This is one fruit you might want to buy organic (which may have blemishes, but won't have pesticides). (Here's How Peaches Can Help You Build Muscle.)
    Pre-packaged salad mixes: Surprise! "Triple washed" doesn't mean germ-free say experts. Pathogens may still be lurking so be sure to wash your greens before tossing in your salad bowl. (Don't make these salad mistakes!)
    Melons: Get ready to be grossed out. According to the article, "when the FDA sampled domestically grown cantaloupe, it found that 3.5 percent of the melons carried Salmonella and Shigella, the latter a bacteria normally passed person-to-person. Among imported cantaloupe, 7 percent tested positive for both bugs." Ewww. Your best bet: Scrub your melons with a little mild dish soap and warm water before slicing.
    Scallions: Blamed for several recent outbreaks of Hepatitis A, and other bugs like the parasite Cryptosporidium, Shigella and Salmonella, scallions present a food safety problem because of the way they grow (in the dirt) and lack of proper washing. While you can't control what happens in restaurant kitchens, you can give them a super-duper washing at home before cooking with.
    Other dirty foods in the article include chicken, ground beef and turkey, raw oysters, and cold cuts. Click here to read 5 more.
    The bottom line: Don't be afraid to eat these foods, just be aware of the precautions you need to take before enjoying them. Most food-borne illnesses are the result of hygiene carelessness somewhere in the food chain. Protect yourself!

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    Eggs freak me out.

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    Have you ever smelled the prepackaged salads? Gross
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    Eggs freak me out.
    Me, too!

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    Shoot, I hardly ever rinse my fruit before I eat it even though I know I should. Guess I'm lucky to be alive,lol.
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    I don't get too paranoid about it but I do wash fresh fruit and veggies because you don't know that the person who put them out on display bothered to wash their hands after taking a dump that morning. Shudder. And I do wash "pre-washed" salads - they are notorious for causing gastro.
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    When Chef Duff on Ace of Cakes mentioned that germs also live on the egg shell, I began to wash the outside of the egg before cracking it or putting it into the water for boiling. I don't know if this habit does any good, beyond making me feel better.

    And I'm utterly squicked I licked the bowl for the raw dough when I made cookies. Didn't even think of the raw eggs.

    Ugh. I love canned peaches, and I assume given the price I'm getting the ordinary peaches doused in toxins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    Have you ever smelled the prepackaged salads? Gross
    Yes. What the hell is going on in there? It's disgusting.
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    these people wouldn't want to see our eggs. they still have straw, feathers & chicken poop stuck to them.

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    Have you ever smelled the prepackaged salads? Gross
    i agree...it's repulsive. i stay far away from those.
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    They use chlorine to wash those salads. Very healthy.

    I wash eggs because I buy free range and they do have all sorts of "stuff" on them sometimes.

    On the other hand it's easy to get totally paranoid and germ phobic about things and it's not really necessary. When was the last time you contracted gastro from food?
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    I will remember to scrub my melons

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    i am so glad i dont like eggs.
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    what about the lemon you get in your tea or water at a restaurant. yuk....i say no lemon please save it for the next person

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    Can't shy away from admitting I love eggs.
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    I love eggs, too. Egg farts smell terrible, though.



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