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The cutting board!! Hygienic or a bacteria nest?

The cutting board is an essential tool that we use in our kitchen on an almost daily basis. Yet, too many of us tend to overlook the importance of buying the right type of such an accessory which is in direct contact with our food. Should it be made of wood, plastic or glass? What type of boards should we choose? Such a choice is critical because, after repetitive cutting and chopping all kinds of foods, some types of these boards would scratch and crack and thus become a real nest for various germs and bacteria which could not be removed by washing.

1- The wooden cutting board: Since wood is porous by nature, bacteria could easily penetrate in it and cause mold growth inside such material. Moreover, and over time, this type of boards becomes cracked and attracts all types of bacteria that are present in the food being cut. Also, we should note that these wooden boards could retain the odor of the treated food (onions, for example).

2- The plastic cutting board: A few years ago, the plastic cutting board has come to replace the wooden cutting board. However, it was not able to solve the problem of lack of hygiene noticed with the wooden cutting board. In addition, this board has created other problems because of its constituent material (BPA or phthalates) which is harmful to our health. Result: This type of cutting boards is also a bacteria nest and, therefore, is still not the right choice to retain.

3- The glass cutting board: Here is our favorite board for now. The glass cutting board has come to market with its virtues which turned to be much more hygienic than wooden or plastic cutting boards. This board is impervious to bacteria and it is ideal for cutting meat and poultry. In addition, it has the advantage of withstanding elevated temperatures, of eliminating the problem of cracking due to its contact with knives, and of being so easy to wash adequately. Moreover, it is better that we choose the cutting board fitted with non-slip edges so that it remains stable while being used.

Finally, and if such an option is possible, we could try to buy several glass cutting boards to use for various foods and thus avoid cross contamination between such foods: One for meat and poultry, one for fish, and a third one for fruits and vegetables.

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