[Sca-cooks] More on packing lunches and food safety

Kingstaste kingstaste at comcast.net
Sat Feb 7 10:12:12 PST 2009

Reading up on the food safety issues of packing lunches in hot weather here:


I found an interesting list of antibacterial foods: 

"New USDA- and NSF-funded research on foods with antibacterial properties
has yielded a number of foods that fit nicely in the world food lunchbox.
The strongest antibacterial foods (killing all bacteria) are evidently
garlic, onion, allspice and oregano. The second strongest (killing up to 80%
of bacteria) include thyme, cinnamon, tarragon, cumin (and lemongrass). The
third strongest (killing up to 75% of bacteria) are capsicums, including
chilies and hot peppers. The fourth strongest (killing 25% of bacteria)
include white and black pepper, ginger, anise seed, celery seed, and lemon
or lime juice. Honey has antibacterial properties, and the dodecenal
compound in cilantro/coriander (both fresh leaves and seeds) is evidently
one of the stronger antibacterials as well."


I knew about cinnamon and of course vinegars, but it is interesting to see
them ranked like this. 


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