Sometimes, we make certain choices that, as we sincerely believe, are better for our health, but really aren’t.
Let’s see together what are these habits that could do more harm than good: this week we will talk about the first 5, next week we will analyze the other 5.
Of course, this is a simple list and we don’t want to create panic! It’s just about being aware of what we do and, if possibile, improve our habits to make us healthier.
1. Following the 5-Second Rule: according to this rule, it is safe to eat fallen food if you picked it up from the floor within 5 seconds because it takes more than 5 seconds for the germs to contaminate your food.
This rule has no scientific basis behind it: the truth is that bacteria get on your food the moment it reaches the ground, and there’s nothing you can do about it, so if you want to play safe, just toss the unfortunate ice cream into the trash and satiate your craving with a different treat.
2. Defrosting Food at Room Temperature: the USDA warns that any perishable foods (foods that spoil fast, both frozen and not, such as meat, dairy, fish, fruit, vegetables, etc.) should not be left to thaw at room temperature, as after the 2 hour mark, as it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
3. Ignoring Minor Cuts and Scratches: even the smallest cat scratch, a paper cut or a skinned elbow can become infected. It’s necessary to disinfect each and every minor wound you get. Dry and clean the wound and make sure you’re touching the affected area only with clean hands. Then, bandage the wound and let it heal. If any itching, redness or swelling occurs, get it checked by a doctor.
4. Washing Raw Meat: by washing raw meat, you are actually increasing the likelihood of getting food poisoning. When you do it, the bacteria can spread all over your sink, cooking gear and nearby food through water.
5. Washing Your Hands With Antibacterial Soap: the disadvantage of most antibacterial agents is that they don’t discriminate against good bacteria, but they majority of bacteria in our body (and on the surface of our skin) are essential for our health. While it may be beneficial or necessary to wash your hands with an antibacterial soap when your immune system is compromised, or when you know you’re in a contaminated environment, it is crucial not to do so at home, as it can cause frequent colds, the flu, and other infections. Just stick to regular soap and water.