Seriously, Refrigerating These 12 Foods Will Do Harm To Your Health

Whilst we tend to treat the fridge as a safe box for all foods, it turns out that, for some foods, refrigeration can do more harm than good. Here is an amazing list of 12 common foods that you do not need to keep in the fridge. We bet that some of these are in your refrigerator right now!

1. Potatoes

Never ever store potatoes in the fridge! Cold temperature can convert the starch within the potato into sugar, and thus you will end up eating sweet and gritty potatoes every day. It is recommended to place them in paper bags instead.

2. Bread

You might think it’s best to keep your bread in the fridge. However, you are wrong. Refrigeration can easily dry them out. Try to keep your bread at room temperature for their fresh taste.

3. Garlic

Once placed in the fridge, garlic will not only taint the taste of your other food but will also go off pretty quickly. Believe it or not, Garlic does best in a dry and ventilated container.

4. Honey

Honey doesn’t go bad, so why store it in your fridge? In fact, honey will crystallize when put in the fridge. That’s why you should just store it at room temperature away from direct sunlight.

5. Avocados

If you’ve purchased underripe avocados just now from the store, make sure you do not put them in your fridge! They’ll need a long period to ripe properly while refrigeration will definitely impede that process.

6. Olive oil

Refrigeration will cause olive oil to crystalize, turning it into a butter-like solid. It is best kept in a dark and cool (not cold) environment, such as your kitchen cabinet.

7. Tomatoes

Tomatoes, even fresh-picked ones, will lose all their flavor permanently after one night in the fridge. They will become mealy and mushy because refrigeration can break down the membranes inside their fruit walls. Cold temperatures can also spoil the texture of this fruit.

8. Coffee

If you have been storing coffee – ground or bean – in the fridge, you have been doing it wrong all this time. Why? You may ask. Well, coffee naturally absorbs the smell of the ingredients surrounding it, and thus the fridge, full of food, can change your coffee into something else. Leave your coffee in an airtight container in the pantry to retain the flavor and freshness.

9. Pumpkins

If you’re in the habit of placing your favourite pumpkins inside a fridge, then stop immediately! Pumpkins require a well-ventilated, dark, cool and dry environment. What comes to your mind? Yes! Basements are perfect places for them.

10. Melons

If you haven’t sliced your melons, then it is best to keep them outside of the fridge. Research has demonstrated that refrigeration will reduce nutrition values of melons by accelerating the oxidization process. However, you have no choice but store the melons in the fridge after cutting them.

11. Basil

Resist the temptation to put fresh basil in the fridge. Basil wilts faster in the crisper than anywhere else, as its leaves are extremely tender. Additionally, basil tends to take in smells from the food nearby. To retain the texture and flavor of your basil for as long as possible, treat it in the same way as you would do with flowers: keep it in a bowl of fresh water.

12. Jam

Some people are used to keeping jams in their refrigerators, but this is indeed unnecessary. Containing high amount of preservatives, jams can be stored without refrigeration even after being opened.

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