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Foods to Never Keep in the Refrigerator

By Sara Butler

Many people think that any food is better off in the refrigerator, thinking that it helps to keep it fresh for longer. While this is true for many different foods, there are some that really aren’t better off in the refrigerator. The cold temperatures of the fridge can accelerate the process of decomposition in some foods, altering their flavor and important enzymes. It may not make the food dangerous to eat (in most cases), but it will make it taste better and result in less food waste. Here are some foods you should never store in the refrigerator!

Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, and Yams

Putting your potatoes in the fridge will turn their starch into sugar, impacting their texture and causing them to taste overly sweet once cooked. Plus, when they are cooked, the sugars will combine with amino acids in the potatoes to produce a chemical called acrylamide, which is potentially carcinogenic.

Instead of storing your spuds in the fridge, try keeping them in a dark but well-ventilated space. And never store them with onions, since the potatoes can cause the onions to decay faster.


Yes, tomatoes should be stored on the counter. That’s because the cold air of the refrigerator can keep the tomatoes from ripening, ruining the flavor and consistency. Tomatoes like heat and won’t thrive even after harvest in cold environments. Store your tomatoes on the counter and out of direct sunlight, then enjoy once they’re ripe!

Tropical Fruit

If you’re taking a little culinary excursion to paradise with mangoes, papayas, pineapples, and bananas, don’t keep them in the refrigerator. These tropical fruits have an aversion to the cold, and low temperatures can cause them to lose flavor and may even damage them. Keep them on the counter so they can retain all their nutrients and ripen.

As for melons, those should be kept on the counter too, since cold temperatures can cause them to lose their antioxidant content -- one of the things that makes them so good for you!

Let’s face it, you can keep all the healthy foods you want in your home, but if you’re not storing them right for flavor, consistency, and longevity, then you may never get around to eating them at all. Storing your foods the right way encourages good eating habits, so do it right!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gahanna, Ohio.

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