My whole life I thought the peel of the banana protected the inner banana (that's totally a scientific term) from germs and dirt and things. But when I googled it myself, apparently we've all been eating bananas very wrong!

My whole entire life, bananas, oranges, clementines, and other fruits with peelable skins, I have NOT been washing them, but apparently you're supposed to!

Even Brittany from the WKDQ Facebook page was as confused as I am!

Here's what FoodAndNutrition.org says:

Consider this: As you cut through a banana or grapefruit, dirt and bacteria can be transferred from the peel to the inside, edible portion of the fruit. And even if you’re not cutting the fruit, dirt and bacteria may be transferred as you peel, or simply handle the food.

Bottom line: When it comes to produce with inedible peels like bananas, melons, oranges and grapefruits, always wash them, peel and all, with these simple steps:

  • Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables with cool tap water immediately before eating. There’s no need to use soap or a produce wash.

I feel like I'm living in the twilight zone here!

Now, after learning this information, am I going to wash bananas before I eat them?  Eh...probably not.  But it's still an interesting question to ask your friends.

So let me know below, do you ever wash your bananas?

 

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