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April 7 is World Health Day and this year s theme is Food Safety.
If you are someone who takes care of what you eat and how safe it is for your health then you probably know that eating food that is prepared hygienically is of utmost importance to avoid falling ill. However, some common practices that you employ in your day-to-day life, like washing cut vegetables, eating fruits without washing them, and storing vegetarian and non-vegetarian food in the same section, increase your risk of food contamination. So, to help you make the best choice when it comes to storing and eating safe and healthy food, here s are some steps you should follow.
Rule#1: Store your grains and pulses the right way
When stored for long time at room temperature, there is a high possibility that whole grains and pulses might get spoiled. Although these food products have a high shelf life, here are few tips to ensure that these products are safe to eat for a long period.
Rule #2: Store and clean your meat and eggs the right way
Like most people, do you also face a problem in storing meat, cold cuts and eggs the right way? Well, you need to keep in mind that these products are very prone to getting contaminated and thus, extra precautions should be followed to ensure their safety. Here's how you can do that.
Rule #3: Ensure your dairy products are refrigerated
Milk and milk products get spoiled easily due to the presence of microorganisms that enter during various stages of milk processing. Although heating the milk and storing it in the refrigerator lowers the chances of bacterial growth, milk products require extra precautions.
Rule#4: Do not eat unwashed fruits
Fruits available in the market are sprayed with pesticides, which if consumed can be harmful for your health. Therefore, it is always a good idea to wash them before consuming them. Apart from this, here are few tips you should follow to ensure you eat healthy food.
Rule #5: Cleaning and sorting your vegetables before you cook is essential
It is a common habit for most people to store cut vegetables in order to simplify their household chores. However, not all vegetables can be stored in the cut form as they tend to lose their nutritive value and make them unfit (sticky or soggy) for consumption. Here are few more tips to store vegetables the right way.
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