Everyone loves a good hack – after all, they can make life easier. One that recently went viral, however, got banned by the Food and Drug Administration.
Storing avocados in water in your fridge is a popular internet hack, but unfortunately it could also be dangerous, according to the FDA.
If you’ve seen the hack before, people throw their avocados in a big container, fill it with water, and then put it in the fridge. According to those who have tried it, the trick can preserve avocados for up to a month.
So what is the problem?
Well, unfortunately, avocado skin can carry bacteria and germs, including listeria. The FDA has warned that human pathogens could be transferred through water. Then, once submerged, these bacteria could continue to thrive. Over time, they might even leak through the avocado’s skin and into the flesh. This means that disinfecting and cleaning them after storage will not protect you.
The problem with the hack is similar to why you should actually wash your avocados before eating them. If bacteria are on the skin of the fruit, they could come into contact with the flesh when chopped.
To avoid exposure, the FDA recommends washing fruit with warm water and a fruit scrub brush before consumption.
While there are legitimate ways to extend the life of your lawyer, unfortunately this social media hack has been debunked and is best avoided.