In today’s processed food industry we are often scared to indulge in our favourite fruits or food items because there are hundreds of random studies surveys on the net which makes us convinced that they are chemically poisoned and no matter how much we scrub our juicy apples or apricot the pesticides do not wash away, or we are actually eating sulphur not our favourite dried fruits as they are treated chemically. So much so that we are now almost petrified to eat anything out of the shelf without thinking about our mortality. Trust us most of these sensational facts are pure fake and nonsense and we are here to bust those myths so that you can munch on your favourite food salad without fear or guilt.

1 The waxing of fruits

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Eating your apples which have been soaked in wax? How disgusting…but actually it’s a foolish notion. As it’s proven by the FDA, that the fruits and vegetables are coated in edible wax for preventing their spoilage during their long transportation, they are completely safe for consumption.

In fact, freshly picked fruits and vegetables are anyway covered in natural wax which prevents it from drying or shrivelling, but since we wash the fruits before eating the natural wax gets washed away too therefore the artificial waxing just restores the lost wax cover on the fruits and veggies so that it remains longer without rotting.

2 The artificial ripening of bananas

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The moment we hear the term “artificial ripening’ we start imagining all horrid images of gassing the bananas like they gassed the victims of war. But it’s not as scary or morbid as that at all. Usually the bananas are raw while picked and transported all across the globe through reefer ships. They are just put in gas room for a single day to replenish the lost nutrients of the bananas while travelling. The ripening gas consists of nitrogen (95%) and ethylene (5%) which is a part of air we breathe and well Ethelyn is emitted by the fruit itself.

Also, there is a misconception that bananas are for some weird reasons are dipped in formaldehyde but in reality, it’s treated with thiabendazole to save it from rotting and fungal attack. Beside the amounts used for this purpose is so miniscule it cannot be possibly toxic for humans and can be easily washed by water.

3 Deep freezing fruits and vegetables

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Many people are fed with this notion that fruits and veggies lose all their precious nutrients in the process of deep freezing. But experts of university of California have proven it to be a stupid myth. In fact, they found that the concentration of 4 basic vitamins namely C, B2, E and A is much higher in frozen food than the fresh fruits themselves which are stored in shelves or at home at room temperature. Only thing which shouldn’t be frozen is tomatoes because they lose their flavour.

4 Ultra-pasteurization of milk

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Consumers who believe that fact that UHT milk has no vitamins in it are not entirely wrong but they must also remember that milk contains much more stuff like calcium, minerals, proteins and fats and carbs which is still very much there in the UHT milk. Basically, the contents of pasteurised milk and UHT milk are more or less the same except for vitamins. But if the user has a well-balanced diet rich of vitamins, he/she will not be deprived at all. Besides the UHT milk doesn’t go bad if not stored properly.

5 Heating of buckwheat

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Green buckwheat is hailed as the healthy and the “in thing” to eat these days because the usual roasted buckwheat have slightly fewer nutrient contents in it as compared to their green brethren. Besides the fact that the loss of nutrient is insignificant, the majority of important nutrients like vitamin B, iodine, iron, potassium, manganese and phosphorus is still alive and kicking in the roasted buckwheat. In fact, they are really effective even after cooking. The green buckwheat may enhance their vitamin content a bit by being soaked overnight in water but not much difference is achieved.

6 Sulfiting

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Many major fruits and dried fruits are treated with sulphur dioxide the scientific name of the preservative is called E220. This process is called sulfiting. This substance actually helps preserve the fruit and retain their natural colour. People are uselessly suspicious of sulphur treated fruits because these methods of preservation have been followed for many decades now and they are no risk in consumption at all.

7 Deep-fried foods

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Although it’s a common knowledge that deep-fried food items are bad for heath but there are some exceptions to that. Deep frying vegetables like eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes and pumpkin increase the phenolics and the anti-oxidant capacities of these food items, which we know reduces many diseases. The only thing is the oil should be extra virgin olive oil.