The debate over which cutting board material is best for your kitchen continues to be debated. The opponents are wood, which includes bamboo, versus plastic. The main issue is whether a board can be effectively cleaned so that the cutting board does not harbor bacteria which has the potential of contaminating other foods and elements that touch that cutting board.
This continued debate prompted the University of California, Davis
(UCD) to conduct their own research to ultimately address this issue. Researchers discovered that U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Meat and Poultry Inspection Manual and the FDA's 1999 Food Code, which outlined regulations for restaurants and retail food stores, did not authorize plastic boards or specify how plastic surfaces should be maintained.
Furthermore, researchers found that disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella could not be recovered from new bamboo cutting boards
even shortly after they were put there. The bacteria placed by researchers on bamboo cutting boards did not multiply and gradually died. However, the surfaces of new plastic boards enabled the bacteria to persist.
Comparing the bacteria found on bamboo cutting boards, to those found lurking on plastic ones, when both have been cleaned manually, the researchers found more bacteria on a used plastic surface than on a used bamboo cutting board.
So, what makes bamboo cutting boards the best choice? The bamboo fibers which construct bamboo cutting boards contain anti-bacterial qualities. This unique anti-bacterial quality is due to an antimicrobial bio-agent called "bamboo kun" which is naturally found in the bamboo fiber. This "bamboo kun" makes bamboo a naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odor resistant fiber.
A spokesperson from ZestyNest
, a leading provider of kitchenware including bamboo, non-slip cutting boards, commented: "We have been aware of this research, and have been actively working to ensure that every kitchen replaces their plastic cutting boards with bamboo cutting boards. While the best boards are made from natural bamboo, any wooden cutting board is better than plastic. Our ZestyNest Bamboo Cutting Board
s boast anti-bacterial properties,is made from premium all-natural bamboo, and is formaldehyde free."
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