If you have opened up a box of pasta, a bag of flour or a box of cereal that may have been older than you calculated, you might have spied a few mites or mealy worms. A bit of a surprise, and definitely gross, most of us just throw it out without incident and hope we can find something else to eat. After all, it’s pretty rare that this happens, right?
Did you ever consider the possibility that it’s not all that rare or random? No, this isn’t some trick question or the lead in to my foray into Sci-Fi writing.
If you knew what’s lurking in your frozen spinach or canned peas, would you still eat them? This is a question I had to ask myself the other day when I came across a series of articles about the various nasty things that make their way into our food. And I don’t mean because you left a container slightly ajar or because you placed it on a shelf and forgot about it. I mean food that in the process of picking, canning or freezing, bugs (some harmless and some not so harmless) were never washed off or inspected before they made their way to your dinner table. And to make matters worse? Up to a certain percentage are allowable by the HPFB or the US’s FDA.
Many would say, without thinking of course, “just use pesticides.” But two things to consider here: bugs and insects are part of the ecosystem, whether we like or not and the other is, last time I checked, most pesticides have been linked to cancer.
Lurking in your canned tomatoes and mushrooms, tomato paste, frozen spinach, peas and bunches of other frozen vegetables are the following:
It wasn’t my intention to have you clutching your stomach but was there any real way to sugar coat this? So, do we have options? Yes, which is to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and wash them very carefully before we eat them. If you have another one, I am all ears!
Until next time,
Peace, love and vitamin C!