How can I select good food

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Sometimes food is bad even before it is cooked or stored. Here are some things to look for when selecting food.

Fresh (raw) foods should be:

  • fresh and in season.
  • whole—not bruised, damaged, or eaten by insects.
  • clean (not dirty).
  • fresh smelling (especially fish, shellfish, and meat, which should not have a strong smell).

Processed (cooked or packaged) foods should be stored in:

  • tins that look new (no rust, bulges, or dents)
  • jars that have clean tops.
  • bottles that are not chipped.
  • packages that are whole, not torn.

Strong-smelling fish and bulging cans are signs that the food has spoiled.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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