How Do You Wash Your Cutting Board – The Renegade Health Show Episode #406

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In this episode, I’m back to answering questions…

I’ll answer what raw foods have vitamin b, how we wash our cutting board, and a few more pressing questions from you!

There have been a lot of comments recently about all different types of things. Please keep posting, watching and tuning in… we really appreciate it!

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Here’s the video…

Your question of the day: What superhero would you want to be?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Katie says:

    I tried to write the letter and could not get the link to work and then forgot about it until now 🙂
    I thought the Health Food Store experiments were very interesting and loved it!

  2. I would want to be Fred Rogers. He had a show called “Mr Rogers neighborhood”. He was so loving and kind. Was also vegetarian. A true superhero in my book.

  3. Russ says:

    I don’t know if Popeye is a super hero but I love what he stands for. EAT YOUR SPINACH

  4. Frances says:

    While I agree that people tend to be too passive, complaining but not acting and, if people felt strongly about the Smart Choice issue and/or posted strong reactions on your site, they SHOULD have written in (I did), they shouldn’t do so only because you tell them to (which is how you came across in your video: “Next time we ask you to, you should…”)
    I don’t think I’m splitting hairs too much here, it was questionable the way you worded it…

    ANyways, enough of that! I’d shapeshift into all kinds of animals. That would be my wicked superpower

  5. Tara Burner says:

    great info…
    I’d be Wonder Woman…she kicked butt & had hella costume!
    plus gotta love the lasso of truth!
    She rocked…lol

  6. Julie says:

    I wash my cutting board with 2.5 water it kills all germs, e coli, samonella etc. in 30 seconds and its just water, no harsh chemicals either. I wash my fruits and vegetables in 11 pt alkaline water and it takes all the junk off of my food. I never worry about the out breaks there have been, like the spinach out break I was fine wasing it in my water. To learn more and learn how water can take the place of so many things you don’t need to buy anymore check out and Change your water, Change your life!

  7. Marie1225 says:

    Hey Kev and Annmarie,

    Thanks so much for answering my question about how you clean your cutting boards.

    So I’ve used the hydrogen peroxide before, and usually that’s my route as well, but sometimes I get some really stubborn stains.

    I find that tomato and spinach really like to staina nd stick to the cutting boards. Do you ever experience this problem, and what do you do?

    My husband and mother both say use bleach, but I am really very opposed to that method. Bleach is so unhealthy, although I realize many people use it for cleaning. it makes me uncomfortable.

    I appreciate your help.


  8. Marie1225 says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention my superhero of choice, I would be Bible Girl from the Bible Man dvds.

    I really liked the “health food store” science experiments. I found them to be educational. We, my children and I, love doing science activities and experiments with our home school. So I really could appreciate what you were doing.

    You two are really fantastic, and I appreciate all you do. I also have to commend you for working so hard to deliver healthy, quality products to the public. Its difficult to know which products to trust, so thanks again!

  9. Dawni says:

    You are quite the Super Hero — Kevin Gianni. Perhaps, a bit of that Renegade action hero stuff might rub off on me!

    Honestly, I do admire you both! What you are doing matters to me and I am not alone.


  10. RW says:

    The best way I have found to clean a wooden cutting board is use a combo of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. For light stains I will put salt on the board and use a wedge of lemon to rub the stain out. If the board becomes heavily stained I will use sand paper, making sure to rub with the wood grain and then thoroughly rewash with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. As far as being a super hero I would like to emulate Jack LaLanne. His diet and exercise regimen is a testament to achieving and maintaining good health at age 95. And he is still going strong!

  11. Sharon says:

    B12: Spirulina, preferably fermented will ensure more than adequate amounts.

    Cutting boards don’t need extra treatments unless you’re using meat on them. Wood boards don’t collect bacteria (neither does glass) vs. plastic that can trap it. I throw my plastic one in the dishwasher. Stains don’t mean they’re dirty. Don’t worry about it. It’s just a cutting board. It will get stained again next time you use it;-)

  12. natalya says:

    As I remember. Kevin, you were going to sell some kind of very good probiotics in your store.
    When do you think it’s going to happen? Any time soon?

  13. Dede says:

    Is it important that the hydrogen peroxide to clean your cutting board be labeled food grade? – or does the regular hydrogen peroxide at the drugstore work? – – oooor – – maybe the only difference between the two is the words on the label? Anyone know? thanks, Dede

  14. RW says:

    Can a wood board absorb any bacteria? Here is the answer from ‘Cooking For Engineers’: “Wood boards actually absorb the bacteria into the wood. After the surface of the wood has been cleaned and dried, the bacteria near the surface dies. It turns out the wood near the surface forms a hostile environment for bacteria to live in. There are lots of bacteria living in the cutting board, but about 1/8 in. below the surface. (If your board is pine, the natural pine oil in the board can serve additionally as a disinfectant.) This is deep enough that a heavy handed chop into the wood is unlikely to release bacteria (unless the wood splits).” So if you are using a pine cutting board your probably ok not to worry about bacteria, but other woods have deferent results.

  15. Dede says:

    Oh – btw – my superhero – WonderWoman – gotta love those bracelets she wore 🙂

  16. Laura W says:

    Kevin, I did try and I just couldn’t get the letter to copy to be sent, so yeah I gave up. It was something I felt moved to do. I guess I could have retype the whole letter and sent it off. Maybe next time.

    I do agree with your strong words on getting people to move into action. I also believe people will be moved in a more positive way when asked to take a stand for what they beleive to be right instead of you will or you should. We humans tend to shut down when they hear those “childhood” words! Just some thoughts to share.

    Peace and much love for all! Laura W.

  17. shane hamilton says:

    Flash Gordon, now that’s fast!


  18. Katie says:

    I would like to be…AQUA (WO)MAN! Imagine having access to all the mineral rich seaweeds from the deepest, most pure areas of the ocean. And everything would be ocean grown :). Marine Phytoplankton would be my sidekick, longevity and hardcore energy as the superpower. Wow, that would be awesome.

  19. Kathryn says:

    I clean our cutting boards with grapefruit seed extract and sometimes just lemon juice.

    No super hero I’m ok just being me 🙂

    Love you all XOXOXOXO


  20. Steve says:

    Hey Kevin –
    How do you guys STORE food and keep it fresh for more than a few days – especially while on the road? I work some long and irregular hours and do not have access to “real” food as easily as I’d like, so I have to pre make stuff and carry it with me. There may not be a refrigerator or other storage place where I’ll be working at that day. Any suggestions?

    I’ve found that the “green bags” do keep some things from spoiling for a longer length of time, but are they SAFE?

    What chemicals are given off or taken in by the food while in these bags?

    Also, I just looked in your “store” and did not find the vitamix that you used to have available with a discount on the side-bar to your old website. I’ve been saving for over a year to get a nice one. I did find the very small blender that uses glass Mason Jars, but will this do the job of a Vitamix?

    – Steve

  21. crow says:

    I agree we have no right to complain if WE are not willing to take action.

  22. Nick says:

    that who saves the world from celebrity cult so the peoples band together to save the remaining scraps of biodiversity so there can be a posterity, an indefinite future, like that we’ve enjoyed for about 6 million years when they found the first Lucy

  23. Jackie Ryan says:

    I use food grade peroxide and I think it was pretty expensive so I’d like to know if it matters as well.
    I also have a big finger pointing at me re: the letter to the University. I agree that we do have a responsibility and I will step up next time. Why? Because I would choose to be SUPER GRAMMIE! TA DAH!
    Love you guys!

  24. Yasmine says:


    I want to be SuperWoman.

    Do you recommand taking vitamins supplements. If so, should we take them every day ? When I do, I get super hungry. I wonder if the supplement is just to make me eat more and therefore having all the nutriments I need.

    Thanks once more.

  25. Steve says:

    If I could be any super hero, I’d be Peter Petrelli from the tv show Heroes. 🙂

    As for how I wash my cutting board, I use hot water followed by some hydrogen peroxide followed by more hot water. This is after the normal dish soap and scrub brush. I’ve been a vegetarian for years, so no meat has ever touched this cutting board, but I still like to sterilize it every few days just to be sure. It’s nearing the end of it’s lifespan though, and I’m hoping for a bamboo cutting board for christmas so I’ll have to look into how to best clean that.

  26. Nick says:

    Hmmm…or should i confidently say this? Yes I should, cuz it seems successful, so far, anyway. I just rinse the food off cutting boards, and use hotter water if there’s any question.

    I feel anything that cleans should be clean, not have a polluting influence. besides, if i get all the food off the board i don’t see anything that can get me 😉 It’s only us North Americans so brianwashed into antimicrobial antibiotic (anti-life), as if we don’t have immune systems. Well, we do. But if we behave like we don’t then it atrophies & contracts, as opposed to strengthen & extend. Extends? For instance, if we ferment at home, say, sauerkraut, then we’re inviting in the local beneficial microbes. Once we have them inside then the same type of microbe act as allies out there around us. this extends our immune system beyond our skin & acclimates us, finally, to our region.

  27. kerry in oregon says:

    no doubt … wonder woman! i have her bobble head on my desk to inspire me everyday! : )

  28. Dear Kevin and Annmarie –

    I, too, am interested in how to best store produce. I use those green bags, too, because I haven’t found another method that keeps food fresh for the few days it’s in my fridge. I keep everything else in glass jars except my produce. Ideas?

    Re: cutting boards… One of my very good friends made me a pine cutting board ONLY for my raw foods prep. (Others in my house eat some cooked vegan, too, so they use other cutting boards.) I just rinse it and never worry about the stains.

    Re: the superhero question… I’d love to be Dope-Slap Grrrl! I’m usually pretty well-behaved, but there seems to be this other side of me that comes out (only in my head though! : ). A recent incident where Dope-Slap Grrrl would have intervened… I was standing in line at a grocery store with my produce and the person behind me started unloading their cart on the conveyer belt. They were laying down Swiss Cake Rolls, Gatorade, hamburger meat, frozen dinners, etc. I hear this person turn to their friend and start complaining about a doctor’s appointment they have to go to get their cholesterol checked. They were concerned because they thought the dosage might need to be increased. In my mind, Dope-Slap Grrrl would turn around and administer said Dope-Slap and the person would stand there for a second stunned… and then turn to me with a beatific look and say, “THANK you, Dope-Slap Grrrl! I’m going to return all these groceries and go 100% raw from now on! Screw that doctor!”

    But that’s just MY fantasy… ; )

    Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt
    Rite Food and Company

  29. Luisa says:

    A couple of questions:
    1. What is the best Vitamin D supplement to use?
    2. How do you know if you have a Candida problem? Is there a test?
    Thank you

  30. Susie says:

    Fav Superhero:

  31. Genevieve says:

    I use glass, plastic and wooden cutting boards for various purposes and use only hot water and soap on them all. Works just fine.

    Superhero? Jesus of Nazareth, although I wouldn’t want to be Him, just more like Him. Each one of us have a calling on our lives, superhero or not, and we should try to be the best that we were created to be, following our own purpose in life and not trying to be someone else.

  32. sarah says:

    i wanna be jesus christ cos he can do everything, he even helped god make the earth then they made all the cute animals and fab food then people in their likeness……. thats me right, hey maybe i already am a super hero?

  33. Ann Marie Huntington says:

    I have been using grapefruit seed extract to clean my cutting boards. GREAT disinfectant for cleaning anything .If you have a stain, try rubbing a little baking soda on it and scrub.
    If I could be a super hero, it would be ‘ Nutrition Girl” and find a way for people to listen to me and try my advise rather than go to the doc for drugs.

  34. Jean says:

    Kev is a super hero along with and not leaving out hiw pretty wife. Kev I asked this before but now am really concerned, I ordered your kids super powder and as yet did not recieve it. Do you know is there a hold up or what? Please say something about this.

  35. Sandy Jo says:

    Well….my intentions were good about writing the letter. I was going to do it from work on my break since I don’t have a printer. Then my mom was put in Hospice and passed away shortly after. I’m been a bit preoccupied.

    I’d like to be Super Women. How awesome to be able to fly and be so strong.

  36. Moira says:

    Enjoyed your show! Thanks so much. I remember you saying you had a fight with candida and won. Whether that is my problem or not, I am waging a war with terrible itching all over that is started by ingesting corn, vinegars, sugars, milk (all things I am trying to eliminate, but not 100% successfully). I am having severe problems with itching and usually don’t feel good. Very tired and don’t sleep well. Could you refer me to any show where you address this (in your archives) in order to give me some ideas? Nothing I have tried has worked so far (and I have tried A LOT). Any advice would be much appreciated.

  37. Kaye says:

    Hi All! Have been a lurker for quite some time and love love the show and the info. Top of the line resource for myself and family!!
    Anyway~Kevin, you posted a list of your top 10 favorite supplements last year. Do you still like your top 10 or have you made changes to it since then?? Also, I have been reading a lot about D3 levels in relationship to immunity, what are your thoughts on that being that our sunshine isn’t adequate for 1/2 of the year?
    Do you recommend a D supplement through the winter. Thanks for all that you guys do~~
    If I could be a super hero, probably Super Woman… sexy AND can take care of herself and take care of others.

  38. Kaye says:

    Also…. I loved how you addressed the B vitamin question. Whole Foods Rock!

  39. Marilyn says:

    New to the show and loving it! Thanks everyone for the great info on cleaning the cutting board and B-vitamins, very useful.

    If I were a super hero, maybe Elasti-girl as she is very flexible and that is so good for all of the bodies processes and her alter-ego is Supermom and she is married to Mr. Incredible! With that in mind her kids are also supers, ugh that would make for some interesting diaper changes!

  40. Alena Liska says:

    I would like to be a SUPER-MUCKRAKER to get our beautiful country and Planet back to Harmony (leaving greed behind).
    So… here’s my pitch today about FOOD and ANTI-Trust issues…

    Dear Friends,
    Massive seed corporation Monsanto — through acquisitions and cut-throat business practices has cornered 90% of the soy, 65% of the corn, and 70% of the cotton market, and has rapidly growing presence in the fruit and vegetable market, all without government anti-trust officials raising an eyebrow.

    Not only that, but in order to grow to maturity, the entire line of Monsanto’s seeds all but require the use of Roundup herbicide, trapping all of their customers into buying it. And who owns Roundup? You guessed it, Monsanto.
    There is no question, Monsanto has become a monopoly.
    I just sent a message to President Obama’s antitrust chief Christine Varney, asking her to investigate Monsanto and its abusive business practices.I hope you will, too.Please have a look and take action.

    Love & Light, Alena

  41. andrew says:

    Hi Dede

    Your question about Hydrogen peroxide:

    Use only food grade (non food grade uses heavy metal as a preservative) (google it if you want). ALSO dilute well (as food grade 35% hydrogen peroxide spilt on skin/eyes can burn skin and blind at 35% hydrogen peroxide), keep away from eyes and skin and kids!

  42. Irisha says:

    I’ve heard that spinach, as well as some other greet leafy and other vegetables contain significant amounts of oxalic acid, which can interfere with absorption of some minerals. What you think about the oxalic acid issue?

  43. What superhero *would* I want to be? I AM a superhero — EarthGirl! Saving the planet…one green smoothie at a time.

  44. Jehan Sandra Salem says:

    Hi Kev! I’m reading your book “High Raw” and I wanted to say thanks for giving me the opportunity to get it for free, I was really interested in reading it, but can’t buy online. So many thanks, is really helpful and is a good support for everyone that want to start this path and have no clue about any of this. I can tell, I come from a family very ignorant about health, nutrition and green life style. Now that I’m having health issues with my digestive tract I started to do research and I wanted to ask you, when you said you had problems digesting raw food, what did you do exactly to overcome it? I have a bloating feeling every time I eat a fruit, vegetable or nut or anything. Is this due to lack of enzymes only?

    I hope you can make a program about digestion issues that can present in a raw diet.

    Thanks and I’ll continue reading your book. Hi to Annemarie.

  45. Jehan Sandra Salem says:

    Oh! Right, the hero: If I could be a super hero I would like to be original, so this is my personal prospect of a super hero:

    “Captain Carrot”, the best eye out there.

    With a nice orange cape and a big C in the chest.

    Save the cheerleader,(is anorexic), save her with a carrot juice.

    My fake identity will be a regular teenager, with big glasses, not calling a lot of attention, the classical nerd.

    And my main theme would say: Is a man…nooo. Is a bird….no. Is a veggie….Yes is Captain Carrot!

  46. livingandlearning says:


    Please answer soon. I would like to take advantage of your free shipping offer ending tomorrow.


  47. Didiydi says:

    Kevin, I understand your frustration in not having many people act proactively. It’s hard to be among the first and alone. On the other hand, people are never really lazy, rather have lack of energy and enthusiasm due to toxic bodies. Lots of people who follow you here are not because they are 100% healthy.
    I was also wondering how many of your followers live outside of US, so wouldn’t be prompted to act on the issue. I live in the UK for ex.

    As for the superhero- I just want to be super me and not anyone else. Me to the fullest of my potentials:). I already am a superwoman, just have to remember it…

  48. Kim says:

    MEGA MAMMA!!! oh wait, I am MEGA MAMMA!!!

  49. C. Ben Jones says:

    I would be Magic Mushroom Man. Being a 60’s super hero would be a trip! I think a lot of energy for the raw lifestyle came from that place. Whenever GWB would say something stupid I would sling a fresh shroom out of the cow discard of the field and he would then sprout out some enlightned…. naw … maybe sprouting would be good enough.

  50. chris says:

    BATMAN! no doubt… the coolest MOFO

  51. Sharon says:

    I also would like to know about which Vit D supplement is best. We are heading into winter, and admittedly I don’t get outside enough even in the summer. Also, besides the cutting board cleaning, what do you use to clean your fruits and vegetables? Increasing my raw food consumption is new and as a bit of a germaphobic, I spend so much time spraying every berry and vegetable with both vinegar and peroxide before I eat it. I would quit that if I could find some reliable information about germs on produce from either a picker or all the other middlemen handling the produce after wiping their noses because they have the flu. 🙂

  52. livingandlearning says:

    Yikes! :-O

    my post looks really crazy out there dangling without the reference post appearing first in the queue. i hope it posts soon. (It was about different chlorella strains and the source of the organic chia seeds in the store.)

  53. Michelle says:

    Regarding B vitamins: It might be important to note that Dr. Gabriel Cousens recommends supplementing vitamin B12 when on a vegan or raw/vegan diet. He recommends “Stress B Nanoplex” which is assimilated very well by the body. Peace!

  54. Elaine says:

    I would be Reading Woman-to try to teach literacy to the whole world so that they can all read and teach themselves God’s Word and how to be healthy.

  55. Dede says:

    hey Andrew – – thanks for the hydrogen peroxide info!! ..Dede

  56. Katherine says:

    I would be Compassion Woman…my get-up looks a lot like Quan Yin, Goddess of Mercy. I did send a letter to Ms. Kennedy. Im great at the public/political actions…but still need to be better at taking action in my own diet. If we were all perfect we wouldnt need to be in this human body I suppose. Smile and be kind, Katie

  57. livingandlearning says:

    Just found out why my question never appeared here: I posted it on the “light illumination” vlog page. 🙁

    Well, here it is again as this vlog says K is answering questions so I guess it’s more likely to be addressed here (or maybe not b/c the day has already passed???) idk. Anyway . . .

    Hi K&AM,

    Is there a “proper” place to post questions that aren’t directly related to the day’s video, cuz I have two! 🙂

    QUESTION #1:

    Would you please tell me how you decided which strain of chlorella (chlorella pyrenoidosa) to offer in your store?

    There are different strains of chlorella that all have benefits slightly unique to each strain. From what I have read, the chlorella sorokiniana offers the “highest” benefit to health but of course it is scarcer therefore, more expensive. There is Chlorella vulgaris as well . . .

    So, was it just an availability/cost::benefit ratio decision? Will you elaborate on this please?

    Enjoy your daily show so much. Thank you both for the great effort. 🙂

    QUESTION #2:

    WHO certifies the chia seed sold on your site as organic? WHERE is it grown, GMP? etc.?

    Thanks so much.

  58. GoRawMe says:

    I am the superhero I want to be.

    Hey Kevin, I didn’t click the link … but I haven’t been complaining either.

  59. Bonnie says:

    Sponge Bob – and just keeping soaking up more and more information on healthy living! Annmarie, I just received your wonderful face mask moisturizg product today and the body oil. They both smell wonderful! It made my face feel nice and soft. I put a couple of drops of the oil in my bath water.sooooo soft!

  60. Sylvia says:


    Loved your view on the shape-shifting Eileen Kennedy!

    I’d like to see action to improve our lives in whatever form it takes. I teach classes in emergency medicine at the local college and try to be an example and also present information that will promote healthful living and personal responibility.


  61. FeralKevin says:

    I though the Health Food Store Science was great science. Modern science has lost perspective, and lost track of its roots. Your study takes modern science a bit back to where it wasn’t so divorced from Phenomenology, what I call Encounterable Science. Which is ontologically more “real.” Does it make the light come on or not? You know?

  62. Sherry says:

    I clean my cutting board with vinegar and baking soda.Learned that in a restaurant I worked in.

  63. Carachi says:

    I don’t need to use desinfectant if you have a wood cutting borad. Wood are naturally bacteria repellant. Just rinse it in water. Plastic is a home for bacteria – that, you should just avoid.

    As for the letter – i live in Europe, so I’m not really ready to dive inte US internal affairs. 🙂
    I am an aktivist though. I sign all petitions that touches me. 😉

  64. Carachi says:

    “YOU don’t need to use desinfectant” that is…

  65. dominika says:

    Marie, I pop my stained chopping boards outside for a bit of a sun bleach – gets anything, including stains from chopping fresh turmeric. only takes a few hours here in Oz – the sun is SO good !

    Steve, I work outdoors, sometimes there’s an esky in the ute, but usually it’s all on me to figure out. I prepare my meal(s) the night before, pack them into a glass jar (what I use instead of plastic lunch boxes), & in the morning I take them out of the fridge & into a fridge bag – I found one designed for keeping bottles of infant’s milk cool – it’s the perfect size. if it were bigger I’d be squeezing an ice pack in there to keep it cool during summer (I took to leaving the little fridge bag in the shade beneath the ute on super hot days). I eat the things that would ferment or spoil first, the more stable stuff for the meal break towards the end of my work day. fresh fruit & whole veges are good through the day (hurrah for cucumber with red dulse, or a whole mango).

    Kevin I AM a super hero. my special power is smell.

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