Stay away! Artificially ripened fruits can land you in hospital
Most fruits like mangoes, banana, papaya that are currently being sold in every nook and corner in every city can be artificially ripened using harmful chemicals like carbides. Their consumption causes several harmful effects, including neurological disorders, doctors and experts claim.
Fruits are a good source of vitamins and minerals, and play an important role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who eat fruits as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends five servings of fruits and vegetables every day for a healthy living.
However, health benefits of fruits depend on how they are ripened. The best course will be to allow them to ripen on the plant itself. After proper maturity, fruits ripen in nature by using many physical and biochemical events. This process is irreversible and leads to senescence.
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How to identify artificially ripened fruits, by Nutritionist
“Fruits such as bananas, mangoes, apples, watermelons, orange, peers, among others, should be properly checked.
“Most times, the colour of the fruits will not be uniform; it may have yellow and green patches unlike when it naturally ripens.
“The texture will also be hard even when it appears yellow.
“The fruits will also be low on flavour, less juicy and often will not be as sweet as they should,” .
The nutritionist advised to ensure adequate washing of fruits and vegetables before consumption and once the taste is odd, they should discontinue its intake.
" Fear God and stop artificial ripening of fruits and related commodities because of its inherent health dangers."