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Eating Raw Produce

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Created April 15, 2013 at 2:11 AM

My office is located 50 feet away from a supermarket. This is convenient. I go there daily for green tea, sardines, olives, almond butter, raw nuts, fruits to snack on during work, and sometimes buy my groceries from there and take them home.

Recently I started adding raw vegetables to my daytime snacking. This includes tomatoes, carrots, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers. Sometimes I'll buy a little container/bag of salad greens, and make my own salad inside the bag/container (with a dressing I prepared myself at home and brought in).

My question is this: Since I have no kitchen here, there is no way for me to properly wash off these vegetables. This isn't a whole foods, organic grocer, or farmers market. This is your typical run-of-the-mill "supermarket" providing the veggies. Are these unwashed vegetables poisoning me? I like biting into a raw pepper, and savor the healthfulness of it. I fear that secretly these peppers and tomatoes (which taste like garbage anyway because they are mass-produced, and shipped thousands of miles) toxic and harmful?

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You always save money when you plan rather than shop impulsively. That's what it says in the bible, and I believe it because I'm an atheist. Seriously though, yeah, planning your lunch will save money.

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on April 15, 2013
at 03:45 AM

Yep. This confirms what I thought. Thanks January.

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at 03:44 AM

That makes sense. Buy them Monday for Tuesdays lunch, and transport them both ways. Would also make them easier to eat, because I can cut them up into strips. How does this work out to saving money though?

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at 03:35 AM

And organic veggies can carry the same bacteria, so even if there was a whole foods etc near you, you still should wash any produce.

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on April 15, 2013
at 03:17 AM

The peppers are for sure a problem, because they have a wax on them as well. They definitely need to be washed. Why can't you take them home, wash them and package them for work? Or take some water from home and a colander and wash them at work, even if it's outside.

Are they poisoning you? Well, I can't say for sure. It would be better for you to plan lunch a bit better, though, and it will likely save you money.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 15, 2013
at 03:44 AM

That makes sense. Buy them Monday for Tuesdays lunch, and transport them both ways. Would also make them easier to eat, because I can cut them up into strips. How does this work out to saving money though?

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:10 AM

You always save money when you plan rather than shop impulsively. That's what it says in the bible, and I believe it because I'm an atheist. Seriously though, yeah, planning your lunch will save money.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on April 15, 2013
at 03:32 AM

Do a google search for 'bacteria unwashed vegetables' or 'bacteria unwashed greens.' Plenty of cases of sickening and even deadly e. coli originate with unwashed produce. I'd worry about that before pesticides, honestly.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

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on April 15, 2013
at 03:45 AM

Yep. This confirms what I thought. Thanks January.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on April 15, 2013
at 03:35 AM

And organic veggies can carry the same bacteria, so even if there was a whole foods etc near you, you still should wash any produce.

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