Every year, millions of people get sick from foodborne illnesses. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food each year, and of those, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick from contaminated food is to practice proper hand-washing techniques. That means washing your hands before you begin cooking and not just for a few seconds, but for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Here’s why it’s so important to make sure your hands are clean before beginning to cook.
1. To Prevent The Spread Of Disease:
Bacteria can cause many diseases such as colds, flu, and diarrhea. If you do not wash your hands well, you can spread these diseases to other people by touching them or by contaminated surfaces. Washing your hands thoroughly will help to remove harmful bacteria and will prevent the spread of disease.
2. To Avoid Cross-Contamination:
Cross-contamination is when bacteria from one food item is transferred to another food item. This can happen if you do not wash your hands properly after handling raw meat, for example. Cross-contamination can also happen if you use the same knife to cut raw meat and then vegetables without washing the knife in between. Washing your hands well and using separate cutting boards forraw meat and vegetables will help to avoid cross-contamination.
3. To Prevent Food Poisoning:
Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food. Bacteria can contaminate food at any stage of the food chain, from farm to table. If you do not wash your hands properly, you can contaminate food with bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Washing your hands thoroughly will help to remove any bacteria that could cause food poisoning.
4. To Ensure Food Safety:
Food safety is important to preventing illness and ensuring that food is fit for human consumption. There are many things that you can do to ensure food safety, but washing your hands is one of the most important things that you can do to prevent bacterial contamination of food.
How To Wash Hands Properly
You might think that you know how to wash your hands properly, but according to the CDC, most people don’t wash their hands correctly. To do it correctly, wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap to your hands. Rub your hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds, and be sure to scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Rinse your suds off under clean running water and dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
It’s important to wash your hands with soap and water rather than just water because soap helps remove dirt, grease, and other contaminants from your skin. In addition, scrubbing with soap creates friction, which helps loosen contaminants so they can be rinsed away more easily. And remember to use clean towels or air-dryers to avoid recontaminating your now-clean hands.
The Dangers of Not Washing Hands Properly Before Cooking
If you don’t wash your hands properly before cooking or if you don’t wash them at all, you increase the risk of contaminating food with bacteria, viruses, or other microbes that can cause illness. That’s because our hands are constantly coming into contact with potentially harmful contaminants like feces (from using the bathroom or changing diapers), saliva (from coughs and sneezes), soil (from gardening), and blood (from handling raw meat).
And once contaminated Hands can contaminate anything they touch including cooking utensils, countertops, food preparation areas, and of course food itself. If someone else then consumes that contaminated food without first washing their own hands properly (or cooking the food properly), they too can become ill. That’s why it’s so important to make sure everyone in the kitchen is washing their Hands well before cooking and not just once but every time they come into contact with potential contaminants.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. It’s especially important to wash your hands well before you cook. Cooking can spread germs if you don’t wash your hands properly.
You can pick up germs from raw meat, poultry, and seafood. You can also get them from cutting boards, countertops, and utensils that have been contaminated with these foods.
One of the most important things to do when cooking is to make sure your hands are clean. This means washing them well before you start preparing food. It’s also one of the easiest things you can do, so there’s no excuse not to do it. Encourage everyone in your kitchen to do the same. Your family will thank you for it!