Nutrition: Fruits and Vegetables

Eating fruits and vegetables every day can help lower your risk of heart disease and possibly some cancers. Fruits and vegetables add flavor, vitamins, minerals and fiber to meals and snacks. Fresh, frozen, canned and dried varieties can all be great choices.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we shop for and prepare food, including produce. These tips can help you and your family safely and easily incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet.

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The risk of getting COVID-19 from touching fresh produce or food packaging is low. These tips can help lower your risk of getting many types of infections:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. This includes after you go to the market and before and while you prepare food.

  • Order food and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup (if possible). Only visit the grocery store when you absolutely need to go, and make a shopping list before you go.

  • When you are in a market, only touch the items you are purchasing.

  • Consider shopping at a farmers market. Many are still open and are practicing physical distancing measures.

  • Wipe down the handles of shopping carts or baskets. If you use reusable shopping bags, make sure they are cleaned or washed before each use. Stay at least 6 feet from others while shopping and wear a mask while in the store.

  • Rinse fresh produce under running water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten. Remove outer surfaces such as lettuce leaves before eating. Scrub firm produce with a clean produce brush. Do not clean produce with soap, sanitizer, disinfectant or any other chemical.

  • Wipe down the lids of canned goods before opening.

  • Keep produce away from raw meats, poultry or seafood. Use separate cutting utensils and preparation surfaces. Wash surfaces, cutting boards, dishes and cooking utensils with hot soapy water after each use.

  • Regularly clean and sanitize kitchen counters. You can make a sanitizing solution by adding 4 teaspoons of unscented liquid chlorine bleach and 4 cups of water to a spray bottle. Do not use this mixture on produce.

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