Green Living Tips: Use Wood Cutting Board

We often use plastic cutting board, but did you know that wood [tag]cutting board[/tag]s are much safer then plastic ones?

A study done at the University of California at Davis, done by Philip H. Kass and his colleagues in 1992, confirmed that people who use plastic or glass cutting boards were two times more likely to be exposed to and contract salmonella poisoning as those who opted for wood cutting boards.

Further research was done at the University of Wisconsin in 1993 by food-microbiologist Dean O. Cliver and Nese O. Ak at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The two microbiologists impregnated a plastic and wood cutting board with raw chicken juice enriched with up to 10,000 salmonella, listeria, and E. coli bacteria. After three minutes, over 99% of the bacteria on the wood cutting boards were gone or dead. The bacteria on the plastic cutting boards were still alive and well.

The scientists then decided to leave the cutting boards out overnight at room temperature. The next day the plastic cutting board was still going strong with bacteria growth while the wood cutting board was free of any bacteria.

Bottom line is that these studies confirmed that wood cutting boards absorb and kill bacteria while plastic and glass cutting boards encourage [tag]bacteria[/tag] growth.

Think you have the cleaning solution for plastic and glass cutting boards? Think again.

Also, the same scientists discovered that used plastic and glass cutting boards can not be effectively cleaned. They tested different cleaning methods including cleaning it with hot water and detergent, running it through a dishwasher and putting it in the microwave. None of these solutions effectively cleaned and removed dangerous bacteria.

What’s the solution?

Simple! Get rid of your plastic cutting boards and choose wood cutting boards!



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