Here is Why Experts Say That We Should Never Wash Raw Chicken Before Cooking It!

Everyone is familiar with the fact that raw chicken is “abundant” with harmful bacteria like listeria or salmonella. So, it is totally logical that the first thing that comes up on our mind is to wash the chicken before we cook it!

Whyhealth experts advice us to stop washing it?

The answer will definitely surprise you and maybe shock you!

How a Simple Raw Chicken Wash Could Kill You

Experts say that when you wash raw chicken the only thing you do is spreading all of its bacteria around the meat and the surface it’s on.

We do not get rid of the bacteria because washing does not kill the bacteria. However, there is only a chance that it will spray that bacteria.”

This process is called aerosolization. It leaves your kitchen looking like this – but less cartoonish.


When you wash raw chicken all that green stuff is the bacteria that go flying.

Remember, bacteria like listeria continuously lives on chicken and can be very harmful! It can actually kill you.  Unfortunately we have only one of five chance of dying if listeria enters in the circulatory system. Children, with their weaker immune systems, are at an even bigger risk.

Even if you survive an infection of raw chicken bacteria, you don’t get off so easy. You could catch campylobacter. It is another “great”  germ that lives on raw chicken.

Campylobacter is a common cause of food poisoning and can cause symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration

Salmonella  can cause the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Severe dehydration
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Reactive arthritis

Who would’ve thought that the process of washing raw chicken could be so serious?

How Safely To Handle Bacteria On Raw Chicken

How Safely To Handle Bacteria On Raw Chicken

According to Dr. Quinlan’s study –you don’t have to wash your chicken at all. Instead, just cook it to a minimum internal temperature of 75 C or 165º F. This will kill any bacteria you’ve got to worry about.

Of course, you still need to be very careful with the surface that comes into contact with the raw chicken. Clean regularly those areas and keep the meat away from other foods.

90% of people actually wash their raw chicken before cooking it. That’s a lot of people who need to read this and know the truth!

That’s why Dr. Quinlan and co. have put together the “Don’t Wash Your Chicken” campaign! Watch the following video for more information on the campaign.

Be sure to share this information with your friends!


Source: DavidWolfe

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