In our fast-paced culture, 'life hacks' are popular and easily found online. Some promise to save time, money at the grocery store,
and make culinary activities more efficient, but others are harmful, especially those designated for usage.
After hearing about a TikTok food hack, the FDA advised against it in an interview with Good Morning America.
Avocados are a store staple, but they don't last long once cut open. To keep chopped avocados fresh and avoid brown flesh from oxygen
exposure, store them in water. The FDA warns that this can cause hazardous bacteria to proliferate.
"The main concern is with the possibility that any residual human pathogens (i.e. Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., etc.) that may
be residing on the avocado surface may potentially multiply during the storage when submerged in water," a spokeswoman for the FDA said.
The spokesman also stated that decontaminating the avocado's peel before eating wouldn't eliminate the risk.
Submersion and refrigeration can allow Listeria monocytogenes to enter avocados within 15 days, according to FDA research.
Nylon cooking bags and plastic-lined coffee cups can leak trillions of nanoplastics, according to an American Chemical Society study. Despite the FDA's acceptance