You are in the local supermarket, and you see apples so red or cauliflower so huge that you want to buy them all. But before you shop in bulk, you need to remember that all that glitters is not gold. The markets are full of artificially ripened fruits and vegetables that can cause you harm. How do they harm you, and how to avoid the artificially ripened fruits? Read on to know.
Why Are Artificially Ripened Fruits Bad?
The chemicals used to create artificially ripened fruits are bad because they contain traces of phosphorous and arsenic that can affect your body dangerously.
How Artificial Ripening Works?
A chemical compound known as calcium carbide is industrially used to produce calcium cyanamide for welding and fertilizer. When it comes in contact with water, it creates acetylene gas which escalates the ripening of fruits like apples, mangoes, and bananas. This chemical also contains arsenic and phosphorous.
How to Detect Artificially Ripened Fruits
- The Water Test
If you doubt that the fruit you have bought is artificially ripened, you should put it in a large container filled with water. In case the fruit is artificially ripened, it will float, not sink. But if it sinks, you can be assured it is good for eating and naturally mature.
- Eliminate the Chemicals
Before having any fruit, you should keep it under running water for a few minutes. It will help in washingaway the chemicals.
- The Color Test
If you doubt that fruit is artificially colored, you need to look at it closely. If it is ripened, there might be a lack of uniform color. For instance, you might be able to see yellow and green patches around the surface. If that’s the case, the probability is high that the mango is artificially ripened. Also, if the fruit is artificially ripened, the probability is high that it won’t be fully ripe inside or won’t taste sweet. It might also be less juicy as compared to a naturally ripened fruit. It might also lack the sweet aroma that comes with natural fruit.
- Another Option
In case you don’t want yourself or your loved ones exposed to artificially ripened fruits, you should consider buying them from organic farmers who are certified for not using chemicals. It will reduce the probability of you getting access to artificially ripened fruits. It will not eliminate it because there are many people who misuse the word organic and sell artificially ripened fruits by claiming they are organic.
- Consider This Too
People who are scared of buying artificially ripened fruits can consider starting a vegetable garden and grow some fruits at home without chemicals. Start slow and then expand when you are getting success. For instance, you can start with easy to grow fruits like strawberries or grapes and then move to other options when you get success.
In essence, avoiding artificially ripened fruits is easy if you stay alert and don’t blindly trust the local vendor. Consumer Voice urges you to be a sensible customer and research the source before you pay a hefty amount for fruits that may do more harm than good.