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Prepare Flavorful Foods With Food Safety In Mind: Home Food Safety Tips For National Nutrition Month

CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Proper preparation, cooking and storage can keep foods safe while maintaining their flavor and nutrients. For National Nutrition Month® and its 2014 theme "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety program offers ways to get the most flavor out of foods while reducing the risk of food poisoning.

"Taste is typically what we have in mind when we prepare food, but it's also important to consider how we're preparing foods and how this could affect food safety," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy spokesperson Bethany Thayer. "Each year, 48 million Americans are sickened by food poisoning. By following a few simple steps, you can reduce your risk while enjoying the flavorful, nutritious foods you love."

The Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising awareness about food poisoning and helping Americans easily and safely handle food at home. Thayer's tips include:

Preparing Foods with Nutrition, Flavor and Safety in Mind

"Properly handling and preparing food is key to food safety, and can also affect the quality of foods," Thayer said.

  • Whether they are organic or conventionally grown, wash all fresh fruits and vegetables with cool tap water. Avoid soaking fruits and vegetables as you wash because some nutrients dissolve in water.
  • Leave edible skins on vegetables and fruits such as carrots, potatoes or pears, and trim away as little skin as possible. Most vitamins and minerals are found in the outer leaves, skin and areas just below the skin, not in the center. Peels also are natural barriers that help protect against nutrient loss.
  • Cut vegetables that need to be cooked longer into larger pieces. With fewer surfaces exposed, fewer vitamins are lost.

Cooking for Nutrition, Flavor and Safety

"How food is cooked can enhance or destroy flavor. Get the most flavor and nutrition out of your food, while also reducing the risk of food poisoning," Thayer said.

  • Overcooking meat can detract from its flavor. Use a food thermometer to determine when meat has reached a safe minimum internal temperature and to prevent overcooking. Cooking foods to a safe temperature is the only reliable way to determine the doneness of cooked meats, poultry, egg dishes and leftovers.
  • Cook vegetables or fruits in a small amount of water, or steam them in a vegetable steamer, covered pot or a microwave oven. Steaming retains nutrients and there's a flavor advantage, too: Unless they are overcooked, vegetables retain the color and tender-crisp qualities that make them appealing.

Storing Foods for Safety and Flavor

"Poor storage destroys flavor and quality, while storing food correctly helps keep nutrient loss to a minimum and flavor and food quality at their peak," Thayer said.

  • Keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below to slow bacteria growth that spoils food and ruins flavor.
  • Store opened packages of dry foods, such as rice and pasta, in dry, airtight containers. This will keep out insects and rodents and keep food from obtaining odors.
  • Leave food in its original wrapping unless the package is torn. If you have to rewrap, seal storage containers well to prevent moisture loss and absorption of other odors. Wrapping raw meat, poultry and fish in separate plastic bags also keeps raw meat juices from contaminating other foods.
  • When freezing, pack food items in freezer bags or airtight containers. Squeeze air from bags before sealing and leave some space in containers in case foods expand. If moisture escapes, frozen food can become dry, tough and tasteless and may develop freezer burn.

For more food safety tips, visit the award-winning www.HomeFoodSafety.org and download the free Is My Food Safe? app for Apple and Android devices.

Learn more about National Nutrition Month and how you can "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" at www.EatRight.org/NNM.

All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of food poisoning and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens. More information can be found at www.HomeFoodSafety.org

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded foods found 99 percent of America's households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club stores and drugstores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong commercial foods presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.

SOURCE Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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