Health Watch - Spring Fling: Decorated Eggs

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about springtime. The weather is warmer, flowers are blooming and we’re celebrating spring holidays. One spring tradition is the Easter-egg hunt with decorated hardboiled eggs. Make sure you handle eggs safely.

Eggs are prone to causing food-borne illnesses, so take precautions when planning your Easter egg hunt. Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that if you plan to eat your decorated eggs, make sure the dyes and decorations you use are food-safe, and wash the eggs before dying them. Hardboiled eggs should be kept refrigerated as much as possible. They’ll keep about a week in the refrigerator, but they’ll spoil quickly when out in warm weather. You shouldn’t eat any hardboiled eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. When hiding Easter eggs, don’t put them where they can be contaminated by lawn chemicals or animals. 

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April 2011


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