Thursday, June 25, 2020

Don't use color-changing chopsticks again

What should be paid attention to when using chopsticks?

The chopsticks have a life span of 3-6 months.

The survey found that when ordinary chopsticks are used within 3-6 months, their own color will become darker or lighter with time and frequency of use. In addition, the edible paint on the surface of the chopsticks suffers from wear due to the frequency of use. As long as the chopsticks change from the time of purchase, especially the color, they need to be replaced immediately. The color of chopsticks changes, which means that the nature of the material itself must change. The factors that cause the color change are usually caused by the adhesion of food, detergent, air, and residues in the dining cabinet during use. The long-term accumulation of bacteria is also the main factor for color changes.

Smell it and see if the chopsticks have expired

When you use chopsticks, you should observe every day whether there are spots on the surface of the chopsticks, especially mildew spots. Bamboo products and wood products are the favorite living environment for mildew, and as long as the environment is not dry and the moisture content of the substance itself reaches a certain level, it can be generated in only one day.

Expert suggestion: Once you find mold on the chopsticks, you must stop using it for the first time

Reminder: If there are non-bamboo or wood spots on the chopsticks, it means that the chopsticks are likely to have been mouldy and cannot be used any longer; the chopsticks appear wet or bent or deformed, which means that the chopsticks have been damp or have been left for a long time, and may have passed. Shelf life has expired; if you smell it, if there is obvious sourness, it is a sign of contamination or expiration, and you can not continue to use it.

Chopsticks are dried and stored to avoid mold

It is understood that the chopsticks used in ordinary people's homes are mainly bamboo and wood, and very few are metal and other materials. However, the use of these two materials is relatively special, but people are usually accustomed to cleaning chopsticks before placing them in chopstick holders or cabinets. After the chopsticks are not completely dried, the humidity is so high that they are prone to mold and affect the health of the chopsticks. When using chopsticks, it must be ensured that the chopsticks are placed or stored dry, and as far as possible, no mold breeding environment is provided. Expert suggestion: put the chopsticks in boiling water for half an hour every week, and then put them in the air to dry them before use, so as to achieve the disinfection effect, and can effectively and conveniently remove the mold in the chopsticks.

Buy new chopsticks and wash thoroughly

Experts remind that chopsticks are easily contaminated with viruses, bacteria and certain chemicals during production and transportation. Newly bought chopsticks can be cleaned with tap water first, then with dishwashing liquid a second time, and finally put in a pot, boiling water for half an hour. Normally wash chopsticks thoroughly. First rinse the surface of the chopsticks, then carefully wash the chopsticks with detergent, and then put them in a disinfection cupboard for disinfection and drying. You can also rinse and drain the water before putting them in the chopsticks box.

Wash chopsticks, don't rub

Experts point out that most households use chopsticks to wash their chopsticks very aggressively: hold a pair of chopsticks, rub them with a few detergents, and then rinse with water. In fact, it is easy to make chopsticks, especially "bare chopsticks" without protective layers. It becomes rough and produces many small grooves and cracks, leaving pathogenic microorganisms remaining. Chopsticks box should be hollowed out, the bottom will not accumulate water, and do frequent cleaning and disinfection. Do not choose strong acid and alkaline detergents, as the residual chemicals may cause harm to the human body.

How to choose good chopsticks?

1. Do not use chopsticks painted with paint, because the heavy metal lead and organic solvent benzene in the paint are carcinogenic. Moreover, as the paint on the chopsticks comes off with wear and tear during use, it will seriously harm the food with the food. Human health. In particular, some families like to use brightly painted chopsticks for their children. Children have a low tolerance to lead and benzene, so they must avoid using them;

2. Secondly, plastic chopsticks have a relatively crisp texture, and are easily deformed and melted when heated, producing harmful substances to the human body; bone chopsticks have a good texture, but are easy to change color, and the price is relatively expensive; silver, stainless steel and other metal chopsticks are too heavy and feel Not good, and strong thermal conductivity, easy to burn your mouth when eating overheated food;

3. It is recommended that you choose chopsticks made of natural materials. Bamboo chopsticks are the first choice. It is non-toxic, harmless, and very environmentally friendly. You can also choose natural wood chopsticks. However, due to the material, bamboo chopsticks and wooden chopsticks are not easy to clean and will be contaminated by pathogenic microorganisms, so you should pay attention to frequent disinfection and keep clean.

Hygiene issue

affect health

In life, most household chopsticks are mixed, and the method of cleaning chopsticks is incorrect. If you use such chopsticks for a long time, you will easily get gastrointestinal diseases, such as hepatitis, dysentery, and acute gastroenteritis.

Disposable chopsticks will breed various molds for a long time. If you use moldy disposable chopsticks for a long time, the mild ones may cause infectious diarrhea, vomiting and other digestive system diseases. Severe moldy chopsticks will breed Aspergillus flavus and produce "aflatoxin", which has been widely recognized as a liver cancer inducer.

Compared with disposable chopsticks, household chopsticks are more likely to deteriorate. Household chopsticks are used frequently and washed with water for a long time, which results in a particularly high water content in chopsticks, which becomes a hotbed for bacterial growth. Such as yellow staphylococcus, E. coli, etc. Long-term placement of chopsticks in a cupboard can increase the chance of chopsticks becoming more than 5 times. Generally, chopsticks should be replaced within six months of use.

When using chopsticks, some colored chopsticks are best not to use. Although the color paint chopsticks are beautiful and the shape has changed a lot, it is precisely these beautiful chopsticks that are not recommended. Because of the heavy metals, lead and organic solvent benzene in the paint, it will cause many unknown hidden dangers to the body and affect health.

Replacement period

On August 5, 2013, Huang Yahui, chief physician of the Department of Gastroenterology, Xi'an Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, said that the bacteria hidden in the small grooves of chopsticks may cause diseases such as dysentery and gastroenteritis. Therefore, it is recommended that citizens should chopsticks for 3 to 6 months Replace regularly.

Huang Yahui reminded that chopsticks should be cooked in boiling water for half an hour every week, placed in the air to dry and use, so as to achieve disinfection, and can effectively and easily remove mold on chopsticks. In addition, it is best to use half a year to replace the new chopsticks, so that you don't have to worry too much.

Overdue hidden danger

Nearly 50% of the human body has Helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach diseases, and most of these bacteria are spread by the family. Chopsticks are one of the important transmission channels. Therefore, chopsticks should be replaced like toothbrushes every 3-6 months. Chopsticks can only be cooked in boiling water at 100°C for more than 5 minutes to achieve the desired sterilization effect. It is best to use a disinfection cabinet. The use of moldy chopsticks can cause liver cancer, and household chopsticks also have a shelf life. It is best to change them every six months.

Expired authentication

If there are non-bamboo or wood spots on the chopsticks, it means that the chopsticks are very moldy and can't be used any more.

Chopsticks appear wet, or bent or deformed, which means that they have been damp or have been left for too long, which is probably past the shelf life.

If you smell it, if it has obvious sourness, it is a sign of contamination or expiration, and you should not continue to use it.

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