Greens Are Still Good For You—Just Wash Them First

Take a peek at my produce.
Take a peek at my produce.

There’s a lot of buzz in the health world about a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that finds produce, including leafy vegetables, responsible for making more than 4 million people sick each year. Nutritionists everywhere are concerned this kind of news will scare you away from putting fruits and veggies on your plate.

Listeria, salmonella, norovirus, and e. coli, are all pathogens that can wreak havoc on your digestive track—causing stomach pains, vomiting, gas, diarrhea, and in really severe cases death. They’re worthy of being feared, and they’ve all been found on your favorite fresh foods, including cantaloupe, spinach, and peanuts.

One snapshot inside my refrigerator proves those nutritionists don’t have to worry about me. Still, the thought of spending the night in the bathroom after enjoying a big salad isn’t exactly appealing. So you can imagine my elation upon discovering a super-secret, super-easy way to cut the risk of food-borne illness: Wash everything before it goes into your mouth.

It’s really that simple. Soap up your own hands first. Then take a few minutes to soak and rinse your veggies in cool water. (Even the “pre-washed” stuff!) Wipe them down with a clean cloth and you’re good to go. Now, who wants kale for dinner?

Are you afraid veggies will make you sick? You’re planning to eat them anyway, right?

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