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Don’t Wash Your Chicken!

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Many people wash their chicken figuring it's the right thing to do...but it turns out that it's not...and here's why: just look at this animation.

This person is washing their chicken.

But look!

Those germs are getting sprayed everywhere...

On the sink, on the counter, even on the person who's doing the washing.

One study found that the germs can go as far as three feet away.

And here's another reason - it doesn't work!

That's right. Studies have shown that you can wash and wash and wash your chicken and you'll still have harmful bacteria on the surface of your poultry.

So, don't do it because it doesn't work and don't do it because it actually might make you even sicker.

We're talking about bacteria like salmonella and campylobacter.

hat you should do instead is cook your chicken and cook it thoroughly, that does kill the bacteria.

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