Healthy Eating – Does This Smell Funny To You?

By Cindy Bishop on 03/12/2007
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Am I the only one who’s become a bit more paranoid about food safety these days? Maybe it’s a result of the tainted spinach from Northern Calfornia and then the Taco Bell E coli scare and most recently the 425 cases of food poisoning from peanut butter in 44 states. I mean who can you trust if you can’t trust Peter Pan?

With all the focus on food poisoning and cleanliness I’ve become more and more nervous about what I’m putting in my mouth. I suppose some of my overly cautious concern is partially due to my age. The thought of fighting off a foodborne illness is beyond distasteful (no pun intended).

When I was growing up we kept food in the refrigerator until there was the first sign of mold, or it had a funky odor. That might have been waiting a bit too long, but now I’ve gone the other direction. If food looks even the slightest bit ‘tired’, I throw it out. With the high cost of food these days, no one can afford to throw out good food, but how far is too far?

Eating healthy means purchasing and consuming more whole food. Food with no preservatives and less sodium that processed food commonly uses to ensure food lasts forever.

Here’s a useful food tutorial from Health Forums, which takes you through a cyber grocery shopping experience with helpful guidelines for most food categories.

This just in today: FDA Announces New Safety Guidelines for Fresh Produce.

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4 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Deb says:

    This reminds me of an awful experience when I got food poisoning from preparing chicken. I also became very paranoid after that experience. I hate to throw food out but you are right, it is the safest and smartest thing to do!

  • Cindy says:

    Deb, was your issue cross contaminaion? I handle chicken like it’s plutonium. I know we need to be careful, but jeez! I’ve just gone over the top. ;-)

  • I know I’m just lucky I haven’t gotten samonella yet, I’m so careless when handling uncooked meats. I mean I wash my hands but I’m not exactly careful about using just one hand to hold the uncooked meat and the hand for cooked meat and my counters…well-that’s another story. This is a really great blog. I’m going to put a link to it in one of our posts at http://www.gosmelltheflowers.com/blog. Go!Smelltheflowers people!

  • Cindy says:

    Hey, gosmelltheflowers! (Gotta love the name) ;-) When I look back on my childhood I’m surprised I’m still alive! My most famous faux pas is putting chicken in a pan to be cooked with a fork and then using the same fork to pull the cooked chicken out. Duh. Oh well, w/ any luck we’ll stay out of the ER! Thanks for sharing your blog.

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