Are the fruits still good to eat?

@yanzalong (10151)
Indonesia
March 1, 2012 1:06am CST
I watch TV program featuring on imported fruits no longer safe to eat due to preservatives applied to the fruits. The purpose of using preservatives is to make the fruits stay fresh at the place of destination. What worries us most is that the preservatives used are not safe for our health. The effect may be apparant in the long term. Unplucked fruits are pesticide-sprayed in order that they are free from pest. When we eat the fruit, the pesticide still remain in the fruit. The side effect of this pesticide in the eaten fruit is not felt straight away but in the long run,it may cause serious health problems like cancer an other disorders. What do you think of this? Is there a better way to consume fruits?
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@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
1 Mar 12
This makes me think a lot too. Fruits are considered healthy, but maybe we eat more poison with them than with different processed foods. I don't really know what the solution is for this. By peeling the fruits we can remove a big part of the pesticides and chemicals, but probably a lot remains inside the fruit. Unfortunately not everyone can afford to buy organic fruits and veggies.
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
1 Mar 12
Unless you grow your own fruit in the backyard. Don't you think there are sections in the supermarket where they sell organic fruits and veggies?
@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
1 Mar 12
A fruit rinse is a good idea. We can't remove something that is inside the fruit, but removing those chemicals from the skin counts a lot. Supermarkets seldom sell organic fruits here, there are organic food stores, but they are very expensive. Since I don't have a garden but some of our neighbors do, they share their fruits and veggies with us if they have too much for themselves. Another option is buying from local farmers that you know and know what they use.
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
4 Mar 12
That's right, supermarket never sell organic fruits as they easily become rotten if stored for a long time. Supermarkets keep fruits for a long time without having all fruits destroyed. What I am afraid of is that for certain fruits, supermarket management have fruits injected with sweeteners. If this is the case, the vitamin and mineral in it will be rotten.
@topffer (33797)
• France
1 Mar 12
I had the same thoughts about vegetables last year, I stopped to buy them in supermarkets, and I started to grow some in my garden. I have joined since a group of consumers and I get weekly a full crate of bio veggies and fruits, with nothing -- or only natural things -- added to grow them, for about $15.
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
1 Mar 12
That's great if you can do it. However, it is indeed difficult for busy people to grow the fruits. They don't even have time for their children let alone grow fruits of their own.
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@topffer (33797)
• France
1 Mar 12
It is not difficult to plant trees if you have enough room to do it, but you need to wait a few years for fruits.
• Philippines
1 Mar 12
I agree with you topffer, that it would be best to grow your own fruits and vegetables. But like what yanzalong said it's a it difficult to self produce if you don't have the time and space. We're happy we have a wide area for fruit bearing trees. The mangoes are the only fruit trees we intentionally planted and the other 3 trees just grew where we threw the seed. :)
@toniganzon (49185)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
Unless they're organic, no food is really that healthy as it used to before. So i agree with you. So i would rather eat the fruit from my own backyard rather than buy somewhere else.
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
5 Mar 12
I find it difficult to find the organic ones now. I doubt fruits in supermarkets are good to eat. If you have no choice, you will need to really wash the fruits completely.
@toniganzon (49185)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
Even washing them won't help at all because of the chemicals that was sprayed on them to help them grow big enough for the farmer to profit a lot. There are organic stores and sometimes in the supermarket they do sell organic vegetables and fruits.
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
1 Mar 12
Fruits are healthy for us. To eat it in a safe way, we have to make sure we wash them clean before consumption. Another way is to eat without their skins where it's alright too. THere's no way for us to eat fruits without pesticide unless they are organic ones. Organic fruits are lot more expensive because of the fact that they are pesticide free. It's either we choose the latter or former. At the end of it, we are still eating the same things.
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
6 Mar 12
Appreciate it
@rollylolly (2707)
• India
1 Mar 12
This is a matter of great concern indeed . I wash all veggies and fruits in lukewarm water and soap after bringing them from market . I don't know whether this is a safe method but I live in an apartment and it's not possible for me to grow them .
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
1 Mar 12
I have witnessed new cases regarding fruits that have been injected to make the taste of the fruits better. When this happens the vitamin contained in the fruits will be destroyed by the injected sweetener.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
1 Mar 12
A lot of people are concerned about this. That's why I think there's a growing market for organics. Groceries in our country are now allotting aisles just for organic fruits and vegetables. These are pesticide-free but they cost almost thrice the price of non-organic vegetables and fruits. There should really be a conscious effort on all governments to minimize if not totally stop the use of pesticides on crops. I think there are natural ways to eliminate pests. These pests are insects and bugs which I'm sure have natural enemies. Well, just a thought :)
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
1 Mar 12
I've been told that to get rid of this dangerous substance from our body (due to eating pesticide-loaded fruit or veggie) is to fast 24 hour once in a week. I've done this but haven't maintained it regularly.
• United States
2 Mar 12
Wash any fruits you buy and you shouldn't have any problems with pesticides or preservatives. Peel apples, pears, etc., because they may have a thin layer of wax on the outside to protect them. Fresh fruits will always be a best choice when you want something to eat. Hugs, Maggie
@Metatronik (5911)
• Pasay, Philippines
2 Mar 12
Honestly I would be scared about that if that is the case. Seems like no things are safe now. Even the vegetables that are considered as healthy foods as well can't be also safe. And think of it if there was a pest then that couldn't be really safe as well. I don't even want to have a cancer or any kind of diseases. I don't really want to suffer on that.
• Philippines
1 Mar 12
I don't think there is any other better way of eating fruits nowadays. Unless you're fortunate enough to buy organic produce. But I don't know why organic produce are more expensive when they don't need to spend for any pesticides.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
1 Mar 12
pesticides you can partly wash off or remove the skin of the fruit. but even if pesticides are not used fruit or vegetables can be "poisoned" since also the rain is not clean anymore (the air) nor is the ground water. if it comes to real healthy food I am afraid there is nothing left over. No fruit, no vegetable, no meat, no milk (products) and surely not fastfood.