Before you eat any food, you should make sure it’s good and not rotten because your life can depend on it. If you eat food that is bad or spoiled, you could end up getting really sick. Here are 11 common foods as well as tips on how to know when food is good or bad before you buy, cook, or eat them.
1.Read the Label
Food can be deceiving when it says “all natural” or “fat free” or other things that make them sound good. Don’t go on what you read but instead read the labels of the food to avoid buying food high in trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, or preservatives and additives. When you read labels, you will be an informed consumer.
2.Sugar or No Sugar
Don’t fall for the “no sugar added” trick since that doesn’t meant the products doesn’t have sugar. It simply means they manufacturer has not added any additional sugar to the product. The food might still contain more sugar than you’re willing to eat in your diet so read the label to make sure you know what you’re eating.
3.Yellow and Tailed Banana
Bananas are one of the most common fruits we eat. They are also easy to find and most people know to look out for slightly greenish-yellow banana to make sure they all don’t get rotten in one day. But what most people don’t know is to make sure you buy bananas that have their tails still attached to prevent bacterial going into the bananas from holes made from detached tails.
4.Check your Chicken First
Fresh chicken should not be transparent since that means that it has been sitting out for too long and no longer as good as you want it. Fresh chicken should also not be gray or discolored but instead should be pinkish before you buy or cook it. If you buy your chicken pink and freeze and unfreeze it, it might be lighter pinkish and that’s still okay to cook.
5.Check Package Date, Best Before Date, and Expiration Date
Before you buy any food, read the labels to make sure you are not buying food that is expired, about to expire or have no visible expiration date. Make sure you get food that was recently packaged, is still within the best before date, and has not expired. Read the labels to find the dates and pick the products with extended expiration or best before dates.
6.Check Color and Texture of Beef
Before you take that beef home, make sure the color is red and it looks fresh. Beef that is old or going bad will look dark red or even a little brownish. Also, fresh beef should be sticky to the touch so if it’s not, don’t eat it. If you buy fresh beef, freeze and unfreeze it, it might look a bit darker red but that’s still okay to cook and eat.
7.Cucumbers should be Colored Right
Most of us love cucumbers and the fresh ones are mostly green, and juicy. They are also hard and not soft or soggy. So, check that your cucumber is green, hard, and not too thick. If it’s yellow or white or discolored, you might want to opt for a different one. So, look for firm cucumbers and make sure there are no unnatural spots on the flesh of the cucumber.
8.Multigrain doesn’t mean healthy
Sometimes people mistake multigrain for healthy but they are not synonymous. Being a multigrain product means that is made for many grains which might or might not be healthy. This is different from getting a 100% wheat or 100% whole grain bread. So, if you’re looking for 100% wheat or whole grain, read the label to make sure you’re getting the right bread for you.
9.Eggs Should Not Be Cracked or Slimy
Check your eggs when you buy them at the store or market. Never buy eggs that are cracked as they will be rotten or can make you sick. Eggs should also not be powdery as they may be molded. They should also not be slimy either as that can mean that they have been exposed to bacterial and other pathogens.
10.Check for Chemicals in Foods
If you want to get fancy, there are food sensors that will let you detect the chemical in several foods such as fruits and vegetable before you eat them. Most of the food we eat do not come with the right nutritional label so a good food sensor can help you determine to an extent, what your food contains before you eat it.
11.Don’t Mind the Fancy Packaging
Naturally, we are drawn to fancy packing and fun things so manufactures will try to entice you by packaging food in colors that appeal to you. Go beyond the attractive label and read labels to make sure the food is free of preservative and additives that you might not want. Fancy labels be distracting but once you know this, you’ll be a smarter consumer!