When you tote your fruits and vegetables home, they bring along dirt, pesticides and insects that have adhered to their surfaces. Give those healthy treats a good washing!
Rinse fresh fruits and veggies thoroughly under the faucet, even those you plan to peel, such as avocados, onions or hard squash. They still need to be washed since the contaminants on the skin can touch the parts you plan to eat as you peel and chop. To prepare vegetables that you'll cook with the skin on, such as baked potatoes, peppers and possibly carrots, hold under running water and scrub the skins vigorously with a vegetable brush.
Even if you buy bagged, pre-washed vegetables that you plan to eat cold rather than cooked, such as spinach, it's safer to give them another rinse. It can't hurt!
What can hurt is not being careful when you prepare meat. Read on to see how to prevent meat mishaps.