The Safety Zone: Diabetes and Foodborne Illness

The Safety Zone: Diabetes and Foodborne Illness

Two basic household items can save your life and ensure you enjoy your meals, NutriBlasts, snacks and soups! Care to guess which two items we're talking about?

  1. A thermometer can be used for cooking and there should always be one in your refrigerator, too.
  2. A clean sink that has been cleaned with a dilute bleach solution, a vinegar solution, or my favorite, an essential oil blend called Thieves by Young Living. There are similar blends at other essential oil companies. This helps me avoid chemicals in my home.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “A consequence of having diabetes is that it may leave you more susceptible to developing infections – like those that can be brought on by disease-causing bacteria and other pathogens that cause foodborne illness.” Afterall, we know that diabetes affects our digestive system and as much as 70 percent of our body’s immune system is in our digestive system.

Now, for those of you making your cold Blast and drinking it right up, you are the least at risk if you have washed your produce with vigorous hand-rubbing or a brush prior to cutting it and placing it in your NutriBullet cup.

If travelling with your mixture and enjoying it throughout the day, it needs to STAY at a temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you have made a hot soup from one of the many pureed recipes, this must STAY at a temperature warmer than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the safe temperature zone and plays a critical role in food safety.

UNDER 40 degrees Fahrenheit and GREATER THAN 140 degrees Fahrenheit

If your food falls short of this temperature zone, you have 2 hours to consume it or dispose of it. This time is cut down to one hour if it is hotter than 90 degrees outside.

Although those with Diabetes are more susceptible to food borne illness, it rings true for everyone. I hope you will consider this when enjoying your latest and greatest Blast recipe. Afterall, being healthy is the reason we use our NutriBullets!

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Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

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