Come summer and the sight of a juicy, luscious watermelon would have your mouth watering for a slice. But before you put that in your mouth, read the following text to know how sweet that watermelon really is.
The recipe for the watermelon you get in the market is simple, a dash of red colour, handful of calcium carbide, an injection of Oxytocin and a liberal sprinkling of saccharine.
It is common knowledge that vendors inject the fruit with colouring in order to make it bright and saleable. The colours so injected normally have high quantities of toxic lead and other carcinogenic compounds. According to some scientist, the use of chemicals such as Sudan red and other colorants injected into food can also cause mutation in the DNA. No wonder we are not behaving like humans anymore.
The name calcium carbide itself sounds like it is used in the making of a bomb; the effects are no different, having calcium carbide in your food can kill you. The traders ripen our fruits – watermelons, mangoes, bananas and papaya using this chemical which is banned under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006 and Regulations (FSSR), 2011. Calcium Carbide is a carcinogen and is used in gas welding for steel goods and in batteries. Mere proximity with this chemical can cause headaches, dizziness and in extreme cases, even seizures and strokes. Regular intakes of the chemical may cause irritation of the digestive system, diarrhoea, jaundice, liver failure and even cancer.
Remember the times when our mothers would ask the fruit vendor to cut open a fruit to test if it is sweet? Now there is no need, for all the fruits in the market are sweet and uniformly so, throughout the year, even if the fruit is not seasonal. Sometimes the fruit is so sweet that you cannot really have more than a few bites. The sweet fruits that we are consuming are no less than sweet poison, the poison being Saccharine. Saccharine is a by-product of coal tar and its ill-effects range from cancer to various allergies. Those who go on an all-fruit diet to lose weight, be informed, consuming large amounts of fruit laced with saccharine would not only add to those kilos but also could increase your insulin levels dangerously.
The chemical is injected into fruits and vegetables to ensure that they ripen and double in size almost overnight. This artificial hormone can play havoc with your reproductive and nervous system.
Not just the watermelon, these and more chemicals are finding their way in everything around us. What all will we give up eating?
- Choose organic foods. You may contact organic food suppliers such as Nature Organic
- Grow your own food
iii. If you come across any vendors who you feel are adulterating their food, kindly write to the food commissioner in your area, the list of which can be found online at:
You may also register your complaint at their direct helpline number – 1800-11-2100