3 Food Myths For Friday The 13th

It's Friday the 13th today! Are you scared of crossing paths with a black cat or perhaps stepping under a latter? Whether you suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th, or you're just a little superstitious, you've probably heard many of the common fears. But, have you heard of these 3 food-related myths?  The Last Supper: Most fears of this date are related to mythology and Christian ideology. 13 guests attended the last supper, which was followed by Jesus' crucifixion, which by some accounts occurred on Friday the 13th. Additionally, Judas, Jesus' betrayer, was the 13th guest.

Dinner Parties: Many hosts will avoid a party of 13 guests. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt never gave dinner parties for 13 guests. (Washington Post) and in France, socialities even make themselves available as supplementary guests to dinner parties in danger of this dubious head count. Theya re known as "quatorziens" or "fourteenths." (Huffington Post)

Spilling Salt: Not just on Friday the 13th, spilling salt is considered bad luck. Many superstitious spillers counter the faux-pas with a toss of salt over the shoulder to "keep the devil away."

Do you have any food-related superstitions?

Food Safety Myths

With fear-mongering the media about food safety, sometimes it can be tough to tell truth from fiction. Anastacia Marx de Salcedo debunked five food safety myths in a fascinating article for PBS.

First, de Salcedo takes on the myth that "food safety is worse than it used to be." She argues that food safety has gotten better-most illnesses have decreased since the mid-1990s when the Centers for Disease Control implemented a new monitoring system. Then, de Salcedo moves on to the idea that "the biggest danger to your health comes from livestock feeding practices, food industry negligence and the terrorist threat to our food supply." To debunk this myth, de Salcedo claims that more than 90% of foodborne illnesses happen because of restaurants. Many of these illnesses are caused by sick food handlers.

To read about de Salcedo's three other myths-salmonella, washing produce, and the Food Safety Modernization Act-click here.