We separate truth from myth to keep you healthy this season.
Summer is the season when food poisoning is most likely to occur, according to the American Dietetic Association. Since harmful bacteria don't take a vacation, be extra vigilant about preparing, transporting, and serving food this summer. Here are five myths about what's safe, what's not, and how to protect yourself, your family, and your friends from getting food poisoning this summer:
Myth: Mayonnaise is a major culprit in food-poisoning outbreaks.
Truth: Store-bought mayo can actually retard the growth of food-borne bacteria thanks to some of its ingredients, including salt and lemon juice. But many dishes that contain mayonnaise tend to be handled a lot - you add celery or parsley to egg salad and then spread it on bread, for instance - so there are more opportunities for the food to be contaminated.
Safety Tip: Wash and dry veggies before adding them to a salad, use separate cutting boards for meat and