How to know if mango is ripened with chemicals
The summer season has officially arrived and one can see an abundance of fruits in the market. However, to maintain a steady supply as the demand for juicy mangoes rises, marketers artificially ripen them by injecting them with chemicals. If you enjoy mangoes, here are some pointers for spotting chemical-laden mangoes.
News reports state that earlier this month, food safety officials seized two tonnes of mosambis and roughly 12 tonnes of mangoes, both of which they claimed were artificially ripened. Such reports have been verified in many regions of the nation, including Tirupur, where 1.5 tonnes of mangoes that had been chemically ripened had also been seized.
These occurrences highlight the necessity of raising consumer awareness because many customers are unable to distinguish between these counterfeit fruits and real fruits. Furthermore, these chemicals are harmful and can lead to a number of health issues, including cancer.
In a poll of 13,000 people, it was discovered that 78% had no idea how to recognise mangoes that had been artificially aged, according to a Times of India report from 2019.
Calcium carbide is injected into the mangoes, and when it comes into contact with moisture, it releases acetylene gas. This can hasten the ripening of the mangoes, but it also poses major health hazards to people, including skin irritation, respiratory troubles, and digestive problems if swallowed.
In addition, fruit traders also apply a process known as "ethylene treatment" that includes exposing the fruit to ethylene gas. This gas is a hormone produced naturally by plants that initiates the ripening of fruits.
Side effects of Calcium Carbide
Calcium carbide is frequently used in welding. According to the FSSAI, its accessibility and low cost in local marketplaces encourage its indiscriminate usage.
In addition, the chemical contains amounts of arsenic and phosphorous hydride, which can cause poisoning and cause vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, skin ulcers, chronic eye damage, and shortness of breath. Additionally, it may have an effect on the nervous system, resulting in symptoms such as oedema of the brain, memory loss, confusion, and headaches.
Ways To Check If The Mangies Are Chemically Ripened
1) When you eat a mango that has been artificially ripened, your taste buds will experience a small burning sensation. People may occasionally develop stomach pain, diarrhoea, and throat burning.
2) Mangoes that haven't been chemically ripened will be luscious instead of having very little juice within.
3) Mangoes that have been chemically ripened may have a surface that is a blend of yellow and green colours, with the green standing out from the yellow in places. On the other hand, it will be a consistent mixture of green and yellow in organically matured mangoes.
4) Place the mangoes in a pail of water and keep an eye on them. Mangoes are chemically ripened if they float on water. They naturally sink, thus this happens.
5) When purchasing a mango, you should lightly press it to feel the texture. When the mango becomes soft, it is said to be ripe. However, if you press on the mango and feel some hard spots, it may not be fully ripe and may have been chemically cooked before being sold.