How to Keep Food Safe and Nutritious

Part of the Nutrition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Clean hands plus clean prep space plus appropriate hot or cold temps adds up to safe food. The rules are simple, and the rewards are great. Here’s what you need to know to keep your food safe and nutritious:

  • Wash your hands before (and after) touching food.

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables before you use them.

  • Follow the directions on the food package for storing and preparing food safely.

  • Handle all raw meat, fish, and poultry as though it were contaminated (sometimes, it is!).

  • Cook foods thoroughly.

  • Keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold.

  • Never eat or drink anything containing raw eggs.

  • Use a separate cutting board for raw meat, fish, and poultry.

  • Never taste any questionable food “just to be sure it’s all right.” When in doubt, throw it out.

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