Nutrition For Dummies
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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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Carol Ann Rinzler is a former nutrition columnist for the New York Daily News and the author of more than 30 health-related books, including Controlling Cholesterol For Dummies, Heartburn and Reflux For Dummies, The New Complete Book of Food, the award-winning Estrogen and Breast Cancer: A Warning for Women, and Leonardo’s Foot, which the American Association for the Advancement of Science described as “some of the best writing about science for the non-scientist encountered in recent years.”

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