Q: To wash or not to wash? Which foods really need a bath?
Oz Says: Tempted to rinse the chicken but not the apple? Don't invite me to dinner until you've read what Jennifer Quinlan, Ph.D., food safety researcher at Drexel University, has to say.
- Chicken, Meat, Seafood: Don't rinse! These harbor more nasty bacteria than produce, but washing just spreads them around. Rest assured, cooking will get rid of them.
- Vegetables: Rinse even if you plan to strip off the skin. Bacteria and dirt can get lodged in knives and peelers and make their way into your dinner.
- Melon: Really scrub these—ridges and waxy coatings collect germs, and your knife can transfer those to the flesh if you aren't thorough.
- Tree Fruit and Berries: Think shower, not bath: Running water beats a soak at washing away dirt and residue.
This story originally appeared in the October/November 2014 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.