Are Prepackaged Salads Healthy Salads?
Is Salad From A Store Healthy At All?
It is really convenient to buy prepackaged salads in a supermarket. You just put it in a bowl, add your favorite sauce and healthy meal is ready.
But is it really healthy? How do they wash your prepacked salad? And do they wash it at all?
It looks fresh and well cleaned, but it is not always like that.
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E. coli is a bacteria which is widespread in the human gut (we can see it enlarged in the picture above).
In the human faeces was found more than 100 billion bacteria E. coli, but only some serotypes can harm human and cause disease.
"Salad bars are like a restaurant's lungs.
They soak up the impurities and bacteria
in the environment,
leaving you with much cleaner air to enjoy."
How is your prepackaged salad washed?
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Packaged salad looks clean, but is usually washed in a water with added chlorine to destroy bacteria (research has shown that for example E.coli is resistant to chlorine).
In addition, chlorinated water is not changed often enough, which reduces the desired effect on destroying bacteria.
Washing with chlorinated water also reduces the amount of vitamins in a salad (chlorine does destroy vitamins) and the taste is not exactly the best (we all know the taste of water in the pool).
To avoid all these problems it is the best to wash packaged salad ourself if it is possible.
Salad Spinner - ...and you can wash and dry your salad...
You can wash and dry your salad with OXO Salad Spinner. It's really easy to use, you can use it for herbs and greens too. OXO salad spinner is dish washable.
This one is large one and measures 10.2" x 10.2" x 6.8".
Small OXO salad spinner is available too and measures 6.0" x 7.9" x 6.8".
What can we do?
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Let's eat salad which has not been packaged for a long time (the more in the bag, the more bacteria proliferate).
Before use, let's always wash hands, otherwise we'll transfer bacteria from hands to food.
Before using packaged salad it is best to store it in a refrigerator (but not for too long).
"I'm a hygiene freak. I'm like obsessive-compulsive when it comes to washing your hands."