I don't have to wash bananas too, do I?!
Sorry, but you do need to wash bananas. It may feel silly, but the truth is that, like all other produce with non-edible skin (oranges, avocados, cantaloupe, etc.), bananas should absolutely be washed. Bacteria and other microscopic threats can get transferred from the outside of the skin to the part of the fruit that you're eating, either when you cut it or when you open it with your hands. The only thing you don't need to wash is "washed and ready-to-go" or "triple-washed" bagged lettuce -- why it's washed three times and not two or four is beyond us, but it's officially good to go.
So there you have it: washing produce is officially the way to go. But please don't get overwhelmed and stop eating fruits and vegetables altogether -- they're still super good for you, and well worth the extra trouble.
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Marina Komarovsky is a freelance writer for Thrillist, and she's always thrown off by fruit baskets at continental breakfasts. For more on food and nutrition, follow her tweets: @MariKomarovsky.