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Expert reveals why ‘washed’ lettuce has nearly 10 times as many bacteria as loose leaves

The truth behind ‘ready-made’ salad: expert reveals why ‘washed’ lettuce has nearly 10 times as many bacteria as loose leaves

  • An Australian scientist has revealed why it is important to wash sack lettuce
  • Glen Pinna discovered that the packaged products contained 9.5 million microbes per gram
  • For comparison: unwashed loose lettuce contains 470,000 microbes per gram

An Australian scientist has revealed the reason why you should always wash ‘ready to eat’ lettuce before you consume it.

Glen Pinna, from Biotech Laboratories, compared bagged lettuce claiming to be washed with a fresh piece of product.

The food expert then revealed the astonishing amount of bacteria in the two different variations on the Show today on Tuesday.

Glen discovered that unwashed loose lettuce contains 470,000 microbes per gram, while bag products contain 9.5 million microbes per gram.

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An Australian scientist has revealed why you should always wash 'ready to eat' lettuce before you consume it (stock image)

An Australian scientist has revealed why you should always wash ‘ready to eat’ lettuce before you consume it (stock image)

“The conditions they create really promote bacterial growth,” he said.

He continued: “Everything that you cut into pieces and put in a bag and seal and not keep below five degrees, that insects will increase.”

Glen Pinna (left), from Biotech Laboratories, compared bags of lettuce with fresh produce and revealed the amazing amount of bacteria in the two different variations

Glen Pinna (left), from Biotech Laboratories, compared bags of lettuce with fresh produce and revealed the amazing amount of bacteria in the two different variations

Glen Pinna (left), from Biotech Laboratories, compared bags of lettuce with fresh produce and revealed the amazing amount of bacteria in the two different variations

Glenn also discovered that washed fresh lettuce has 63,000 microbes per gram, while unwashed products contain six times as many bacteria.

He further said that both lettuce and leafy vegetables must be washed before they are consumed.

He also discovered that microbes on apples, tomatoes and strawberries did not differ much when washed or unwashed.

He discovered that unwashed loose lettuce contains 470,000 microbes per gram (left), while the products in bags contain 9.5 million microbes per gram (right)

He discovered that unwashed loose lettuce contains 470,000 microbes per gram (left), while the products in bags contain 9.5 million microbes per gram (right)

He discovered that unwashed loose lettuce contains 470,000 microbes per gram (left), while the products in bags contain 9.5 million microbes per gram (right)

According to NCBI, microbes are ‘small living things that are found all around us’ and ‘live in water, soil and in the air’.

Microbes, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, that can make individuals sick and some are responsible for diseases.

Some types of bacteria need oxygen and a cold environment to survive, while others like heat.

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