Fruits and vegetables have been the recommended food for a healthy living because of its naturalness and not processed in factories with various chemicals. Fruits and vegetables are the basic ingredients of antioxidant and anti-aging products. But what if eventually they also contain chemicals that you have avoided?
When shopping at the supermarket you will find some fruits that look very fresh, with bright colors with no defects, the shape can be good, unlike the fruits that you see in the tree. The fruit before it reaches the merchant’s hands requires shipping and hand transfer from farmers to the hands of buyers like you. You can imagine if the ripe fruit is moved from one box to another, from one truck to another, and so on. The ripe fruit can be depressed, and finally rotten. That is why the fruits are picked from the tree before they are cooked, so that their texture remains strong, not easily dented and rotten during shipment, and before they are sold the fruits are given chemicals to ripen quickly, even if they no longer stick to the tree. This can also be the fruit of unripe vegetables, trimmed from the tree and ripe after they are ready for sale.
You can see the bananas and tomatoes that remain good in the supermarket without defects, the color of one banana with the others look the same, and long-lasting. This is because the chemicals that keep it look fresh and not rotten. Chemicals commonly used to ripen fruit are ethane (ethylene), calcium carbide, and ethephon that are used to ripen fruit. This fruit ripening process passes through gas emission system or ethylene generator system.
You do not like to buy fruit that is still raw, is not it? Surely everyone likes to buy ripe fruit, but unfortunately, the ingredients that make those fruits ripen faster have a bad impact on health. How do these chemicals work so that they can harm our health? Here are the chemicals used to ripen fruits and their effects on health.
Impact of chemical compounds on fruit
This is a compound that can affect the nervous system in humans. It can affect vision, skin, lungs and memory function, and can worsen hypoxia or lack of oxygen supply to our body.
The chemicals that regulate the growth of the plant, this can make the fruits ripe before the time, such as apples, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, morello cherry, citrus, raisins, figs, tomatoes, sugar cane, coffee, and pepper. Ethephon can join the ethylene compound easily, and both can interfere with our health.
In addition to using chemicals that accelerate ripen fruit, farmers also use pesticides to eradicate pests, the fluid that attached to the plants can also damage our health.
If the fruits and vegetables you eat every day contain chemicals that are harmful to the body, you need to follow the effective steps in dealing with them by:
- Wash the vegetables and fruit you eat with water mixed with salt and lime juice. You need to drown the entire fruit and vegetable and keep it quiet for 5-7 minutes. After that you can rinse it with water, and then let it dry before you eat it.
- In choosing fruit, see the surface of the fruit, is there any stabs or injections, nail marks or powdered applications. If you find it, do not take it. Choose fruit with a surface that is completely flat and clean and not suspicious.
You may not be able to stop the farmers from making ripe fruits and vegetables, or changing their way of farming. But all you can do is take care of yourself and stay alert to the chemicals present in the plant. With a wary, you can reap the benefits of fruits and vegetables for health.