Q: What's up with the compost trend? Is the bin unhealthy?
Oz Says: Composting's popularity is surging, and the container can get pretty gross. Still, it shouldn't pose any health risks. "The main issue with having a container of rotting food scraps in your kitchen is that it can attract fruit flies, which may carry germs," says Rhonda Sherman, a waste management expert at North Carolina State University. "That's usually solved by keeping a tight-fitting lid on the bin." Take down the ick factor by storing scraps in a bowl in the freezer. This prevents odor and bugs, she says, and food that's been frozen decomposes faster once it's on your outdoor compost heap.
This story originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.