THE TRUTH: If fruit and vegetables are not washed before you cut into them, any bacteria, pesticides, etc., will be transferred to your hands, then to the part you plan to eat, thus contaminating your food. This could lead only to a mild case of diarrhea, or it could lead to a serious case of salmonella or e-coli. Why take a chance? Wash your fruits and veggies before you peel them. This is especially important with apples if you plan to eat the peel, too. Myth #6 addresses the difference with apples.