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Does Wood Cutting Boards Harbor More Bacteria?

by Uldreich Sam Crisostomo September 27, 2017

Does Wood Cutting Boards Harbor More Bacteria?

They say that using a wooden cutting board will result in tiny scratches and cuts from your knife, and if you use that cutting board with meat, especially raw meat, that all those meat juices will settle into those tiny cuts in the board, and no matter how much you scrub, those germs aren’t coming out. The solution is to use plastic cutting boards, which can be dishwashed and sanitized, and therefore must be safer, right? This solution gotta be right and correct. After all, germs really do not leave on plasticware.

Unfortunately, there’s a great deal of research that disputes this notion. One of the most famous studies was conducted at the University of California: Davis, by Dean O. Cliver, Ph.D of the UC Davis Food Safety Laboratory. His research points out that there’s no significant antibacterial benefit from using a plastic cutting board over a wood one. He notes that even if you apply bacteria to a wooden cutting board, its natural properties cause the bacteria to pass through the top layer of the wood and settle inside, where they’re very difficult to bring out unless you split the board open.

Dr. Cliver’s study tested 10 different hardwoods and 4 different plastic polymers. In the end, the result was a very scientific one: if you want a plastic cutting board, anti-bacterial properties is no reason to buy one. If you want a wooden cutting board, bacterial infection shouldn’t scare you away. Which is better? It's totally up to your preference. It would also fall unto another topic for a discussion, but not today.

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You may read more about the research here 

Uldreich Sam Crisostomo
Uldreich Sam Crisostomo



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