Worms in Strawberries Shown on TikTok Videos
TikTok trend is soaking strawberries in saltwater because worms and bugs inside. Soaking strawberries in salt water makes them come out. Why? These worms come from the maggots of a type of fruit fly, known as the Spotted Wing Drosophila, or SWD. Small worms in strawberries found on TikTok
How to Naturally Clean Fruits or Vegetables
Organic is better than conventional if you are eating any fruit or vegetables, but either way, a good way to eliminate or reduce pesticides, bugs, and other contaminants is to let them soak in saltwater for 5 to 30 minutes (I like 30 minutes). Other ways:
- 1 teaspoon sea salt or Redmond real salt – 1-quart pure water
- 1 cup Vinegar in 3 cups pure water
- 2 teaspoons Baking soda in 1-quart pure water
- Apple cider vinegar – 8 cups pure water with 2 tablespoons ACV (This is my favorite way) – 20 minutes
Studies show that using these methods can remove all or some pesticides from the fruits but many are absorbed into the fruit so that’s why I eat only organic. Here are other tips
More tips for washing fruit:
- Rinse produce BEFORE you peel it, so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.
- Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers.
- Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
- Remove the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.
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I Never eat Strawberries
The reason I never eat strawberries is because they are on the top of the list every year of the “dirty dozen” which are fruits that have the most pesticide residue in them.
Here is their list of the most contaminated produce (most important to buy organic) known as the Dirty Dozen:
And here is their list of the least contaminated produce known as the Clean 15:
- Sweet corn*
- Sweet peas, frozen
- Honeydew Melon
And since strawberries have no skin like avocado or bananas, you’re eating it all, and they are toxic for you.
Strawberry growers rely on some of the riskiest and hardest-to-control pesticides used in agriculture. This is terrible for the environment and the people in the surrounding areas according to the article linked in sources below.
Organic Strawberries still have exposure
Even organic strawberries have pesticides and that’s because in California where most of them are from, they start in a strawberry nursery, which are all conventional, according to the article linked below and brought to organic farms to mature to mimic the winter growth phase.
In addition to being all skin, Strawberry seeds that are on the outside make an indent in the strawberry making a perfect place for chemicals sprayed on them to gather.
There are multiple types of cancer associated with pesticide exposure, and that and that Children’s and pregnant women’s exposure to pesticides was positively associated with cancer, and some are linked below for you.
Pesticides also will kill your gut bacteria which is crucial for your mental and physical well-being.
You can learn more about how to create good bacteria and foods that can help that in my series on fermented foods that can have a powerful effect on your overall health.
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Can these bugs harm you?
The typical bug that you might find in strawberries nowadays are small white ones called spotted wing drosophila (SWD). “It’s an invasive species from East Asia that infests berry crops and has been in the USA since 2008,” that is according to entomologist Sriyanka Lahiri, the University of Florida, and they are tiny whitish worms are actually the maggots of a fly. Sriyanka and other experts have said that there is no harm that can come to you from eating them.
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