A dinner of fungus and bacteria…yum! As a cancer patient, you can’t control much. So my plan is to control any little things I can. Again, I want an A++, so when I was told to eat more fruits and veggies, the first thing I thought was, salads! That’s easy! Waaait! Don’t make a B- line to the salad bar just yet. Apparently, lettuce is the most difficult vegetable to get clean. Bye bye salads…. Hello just about everything else.
So, quickly rinsing off fruits or veggies in water doesn’t get them clean? Eating a grape on the way home from the grocery store isn’t a healthy practice? We’ve all done it, but not anymore! We need to be cautious about what’s lurking on the skins of these nutritious edibles. My oncologist has instructed me to boil a kettle of water and put any fruit or veggie that I plan to eat into a colander. Briefly pour the hot water over them and then rinse with cool water.
If you are still confused, here’s a quick guide:
Cantaloupe, Kiwi – yes, rinse the skin before you cut into it and allow your knife to carry the bacteria into the delicious fresh fruit inside.
Grapes, cherries, strawberries, broccoli – yes, rinse, toss, rinse, toss…repeat until they are all washed
Bananas, oranges – yes, anything you peel needs to be washed too. Do you really want that bacteria and those pesticides on your hands while you touch
your healthy snack?
Apples, pears, carrots, potatoes – anything you eat the peeling of, needs to have a hot bath
Lettuce, spinach, kale – well, I just avoid them if I can or wash as well as possible
I know it sounds like a hassle but it really isn’t as much trouble as it sounds. You will be surprised, it does absolutely nothing to the look, quality or taste of the food. It just rids it of all the creepy bacteria that we don’t want to consume anyway.