Kitchen Gloves – A Must-Have or Not?

do disposable kitchen gloves make food prep more hygienic?

As someone who might have heard about the risks of cross-contamination, food poisoning, and harmful germs and bacteria on our hands and kitchen instruments, you may find that using disposable gloves in the kitchen helps soothe your worries.

But do kitchen gloves really help make food preparation a more hygienic practice? And are kitchen gloves a must-have or something that we can go without?

The truth is that disposable gloves offer several benefits. They are perfect for protecting your hands from certain foods such as raw meat, highly pigmented foods like beetroot, or foods that cause irritation and burning to the skin such as chilies.  Gloves can also give you a better grip on food and knives, and protect your hands against minor scrapes, cuts, and burns.

However, there is no scientific proof that using gloves is more hygienic than using your bare hands when they are washed properly and thoroughly. In fact, gloves provide a false sense of hygiene and can cause an increased risk of cross-contamination and food poisoning if not changed often enough. Additionally, you would have to wash your hands before putting on gloves and after taking them off, too. Using disposable gloves without following a proper glove policy can cause more harm than good.

At the end of the day, there really is no need for disposable kitchen gloves if the people preparing the food wash their hands properly and at the correct times. 

If you would like to learn more about food safety and how to tell if food is safe to consume or not, it would be helpful to consider taking a food safety course. The Australian Institute of Accreditation offers an excellent Online Food Safety Supervisor course in Melbourne. With complete knowledge about safe food preparation practices, you can forget all about worries regarding cross-contamination and food poisoning.

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