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Old 12-11-2016, 08:12 PM   #15
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Stuff with an outer shell/peel/skin that I don't eat - no rinse. Otherwise, yes, rinse before enjoying. 63 and not dead, yet. (-:
This. I have never heard of washing bananas.

The paranoia and OCD on this sight is high.
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:05 PM   #16
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I was thinking about this thread as I was cutting a banana up to put in my cereal. I have no idea how many people handled the thing before I got it. I also have no idea where those hands were before they handled it. To each his/her own, but I plan to err on the side of safety.

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Old 12-15-2016, 03:58 PM   #17
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For me it's the issue of contaminates on the skin can be transferred to the inside fruit because I'm touching both the outside (skin) & inside (flesh) when peeling certain fruits. That rarely happens with canned goods, cereals..etc. Although I do wash off the top of a can, so the can opener blade doesn't transfer anything to the contents because it seems there's always some juice that oozes out when using one.

I know!... the media & internet have made me too paranoid. Ironic because, as a kid, I drank water out of a garden hose that came from a cistern (does anyone even know what that is anymore?) that I used to drop dead frogs/bugs..etc, down the hole in the stone slab covering it.

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Have you ever been to a place that cans food? I sometimes worry about the contents IN the can as much as the outside of the can.
That applies to anything packaged, how did it get in there? Who handled it before it got there?

I never drink out of a can whether it be a soft drink or beer or anything else.
How long has it been stored and where and what had been on it?

Paranoid? probably, but I have seen some things in these places that I won't share.
I have never washed Banana's, never really thought about that! HMMM!
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:02 AM   #18
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Just ate my first "bought in US" banana in over a year. God it was awful, maybe washing it first may have helped. They taste like wood.


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This is such an interesting thread to me! I was raised playing in dirt & barn type surroundings. Then I got a rare cancer that actually works havoc on your immune system, long story short: bone marrow transplant and lifetime immune suppression.

There is a LOT of research and documented guidelines for sterilization and cleaning that is critical for immune suppressed patients. I had never seen washing of bananas or oranges recommended until now. The thing to think about, as more than one poster mentioned, is whether contents could be contaminated by exterior. So if you slice your banana, orange, watermelon etc from UNwashed exterior and across interior, yes, contamination could occur. As mentioned, this could also happen when opening cans and cracking eggs.

What I've come to realize after years of being forced to consider all this is - if you don't have to think about it, DON'T. You'll just drive yourself crazy and be unable to eat in a restaurant or use a public bathroom ever again :-)

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This is such an interesting thread to me! I was raised playing in dirt & barn type surroundings. Then I got a rare cancer that actually works havoc on your immune system, long story short: bone marrow transplant and lifetime immune suppression.

There is a LOT of research and documented guidelines for sterilization and cleaning that is critical for immune suppressed patients. I had never seen washing of bananas or oranges recommended until now. The thing to think about, as more than one poster mentioned, is whether contents could be contaminated by exterior. So if you slice your banana, orange, watermelon etc from UNwashed exterior and across interior, yes, contamination could occur. As mentioned, this could also happen when opening cans and cracking eggs.

What I've come to realize after years of being forced to consider all this is - if you don't have to think about it, DON'T. You'll just drive yourself crazy and be unable to eat in a restaurant or use a public bathroom ever again :-)

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Yep. your right on. I try not to think of these things. My immune system is out of wack too and I have to be careful as well but where does it end.
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I delivered to a hotdog factory a long time ago... Didn't eat another hotdog for years !!!!!
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:12 PM   #22
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We do try to wash our hands and keep things clean but we don't get out of sorts about being too clean. I don't think my parents washed half of the food they ate. It finally killed dad at 95 and mom is 97 and still drives.
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Wonder why there are so many allergies now?
We are too clean. Yes we should wash our hands often, but everything we touch, NO.
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Wonder why there are so many allergies now?
We are too clean. Yes we should wash our hands often, but everything we touch, NO.
***unless ordered to do so by your doctors :-)
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I am 79 years old. When my 1st child was born my Mom who had 8 children came to help out. My wife got upset with her about sterilizing things. My Moms reply, all my children are healthy and doing well. Mom passed away this year at 100 years of age. All 8 of her offsprings still kicking. Just stop worrying about everything.
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Just ate my first "bought in US" banana in over a year. God it was awful, maybe washing it first may have helped. They taste like wood.


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how would washing a banana help the taste?? or are you eating it skin and all
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Do they turn faster after washing them?
Everyone, so far, has missed what I perceived to be the jist of the question.

I think OP is asking if there is some kind of processor-added rinse (wax,chemical, who knows?) on a banana that inhibits ripening. And, if so, will washing off that inhibitor help the banana to ripen faster?

It seems like a very good question and I wish I knew the answer. So... will washing a banana help it to ripen faster?
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