Dirty Secrets Restaurants Don't Want You to Know

When you're dining out, you shouldn't have to worry about putting your health at risk. But certain restaurant violations and food choices could be doing just that. Learn the secrets restaurants keep that could be making you sick and the small changes you can make to protect yourself.


Secret: The water pitchers rarely get washed – and they hold onto more than water.

Secret: The water pitchers rarely get washed \u2013 and they hold onto more than water.

Water pitchers are sometimes washed only once a day – at the end of the night. That means during the day, they just get recycled and used over and over again. Just because there is fresh water in there doesn’t mean it’s clean! When the waiter comes around to refill your water – watch! – does the pitcher actually touch your glass? If the waiter is touching all the other patrons' glasses with the same pitcher, think about all those germs you are about to drink!

Solution: Avoid drinking directly from the glass. Always ask for a straw, at the very least.

3 Dos & Don'ts for Microwaving Popcorn

Microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

Microwave popcorn is one of the best snacks! But sometimes it's difficult to get that perfect bowl. So microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

DON'T USE THE POPCORN BUTTON

As tempting and easy as it may be, don't fall for the "Popcorn" button on your microwave. Not all microwaves are made the same, so they won't cook your bag the same way either. And there's no sensor to determine when the bag is ready, so it'll just keep cooking your popcorn until the set amount of time finishes.

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