Temperature and Food Preservation

Storage of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses at refrigeration temperatures (approximately 4°C) retards food spoilage because it limits the growth of otherwise fast-growing mesophiles. Psychrophiles and psychrotrophs, however, can still multiply at these temperatures, and consequently spoilage will still occur, albeit more slowly. Because of this, foods and other perishable products that can withstand below-freezing temperatures should be frozen for long-term storage. Microorganisms, which require liquid water to grow, cannot multiply under these conditions. It is important to recognize, however, that freezing is not an effective means of destroying microbes. Recall that freezing is routinely used to preserve stock cultures. ■ low-temperature storage, p. 124 ■ food spoilage, p. 811

Detox Diet Basics

Detox Diet Basics

Our internal organs, the colon, liver and intestines, help our bodies eliminate toxic and harmful  matter from our bloodstreams and tissues. Often, our systems become overloaded with waste. The very air we breathe, and all of its pollutants, build up in our bodies. Today’s over processed foods and environmental pollutants can easily overwhelm our delicate systems and cause toxic matter to build up in our bodies.

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