The refreshing food during summertime is the consumption of fresh watermelons. They are everyone’s favorite dish, however when these watermelons are concerned then for sure you will have to stay away from them.
We are referring to the watermelons grown in eastern China or to any other areas which have been exposed to a growth accelerator known as forchlorfenuron. This growth chemical is widely used in Chine that made watermelons literally to explode.
Check the video below, and find more about this phenomenon:
What is forchlorfenuron?
The U.S. EPA declares that: “Forchlorfenuron is a cytokin which improves fruit size, fruit set, cluster weight and cold storage in grapes in kiwifruits.”
The Chinese regulations do not ban the use of this chemical, however this drug is also allowed in the states in the growth of grapes and kiwi. Yet, there are reports that the Chinese farmers are abusing the use of legal and illegal chemicals as many farms are overusing pesticides and fertilizers.
Unfortunately, most of these used chemicals are considered to be safe. The EPA pesticide fact sheet lists forchlorfenuron is not necessarily harmless.
This is what it states:
Slightly higher toxicity levels in the avian population.
Moderate toxicity to freshwater fish.
Elevated pup mortality and reduced litter sizes in rat studies
If you find this watermelons unhealthy, which definitely you should, you need to know the following fact: Watermelons grown with hormones will show cracks on the inside. This is a clear indication that the watermelon was grown faster than it was supposed to.
Produce Showing High Levels of Pesticides:
Produce with Less Pesticide Residue:
Fruits and veggies
Frozen sweet peas
Another way to find out whether the produce you consume is grown faster than what it is supposed to is the flavor. Faster grown produce contain diluted flavor as growth enhancers stimulate cell division, which in turn changes the flavor of the vegetables and fruits.
Therefore, do not get exposed to pesticides and chemicals, purchase organic foods and avoid those ones which have the highest levels of pesticides. However, no matter if you buy your produce organic or conventional, take steps of precaution by washing all your produce thoroughly and if necessary peel them off, in that way you will manage to lower the present contamination.