You opted to eat a salad for lunch because you wanted a healthy vegetarian option? Well, vegetables may not be all that you are eating. Reduction in pesticide use means that farmers find it more difficult to get rid of mites, insects, and worms that invade crops. This means that a few of those little buggers could be ending up on your plate.
Via its website, the FDA states that it is ''economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects.'' According to the FDA manual, here's a list of eight pests that may be making their way into your salad.
Notorious for infesting cops such a broccoli, expect to find 30 whole aphids per 100 grams of Brussel sprouts, or about 60 in frozen broccoli. If you’re growing your own broccoli, a powerful squirt of water from a hose should knock them off the plant.
Expect to find 50 per 100 grams of canned or frozen spinach. Can be regulated on the crop using insecticidal soap. All in all, a good reason to wash your spinach leaves thoroughly.
These buggers attack grains and frozen vegetables. You can expect 75 of them in your canned mushrooms, although they do apparently boast a high nutritional value. Mites also enjoy fruit juice, so don’t gulp it down too quickly.
Expect to find up to 20 critters per 100 grams of canned mushrooms. It’s worth remembering that in some cultures, such as in Mexico, maggots are considered a delicacy…
Expect to find at least 5 fruit flies in 1 cup of fruit juice. Thankfully they are harmless in such small quantities.
A destructive pest on crops grown in the Southeastern US and Latin America, you can expect to find traces of 5 cowpea curculia larvae in every can of peas.
Traces of caterpillar and its larvae can be found in spinach. Holes in spinach leaves are often caused by these pests. Another reason to wash them thoroughly.
Corn ear worm
You thought an ear worm was just a catchy song? No, these worms go for the corn silk but leave behind traces of their skin and larvae on the kernels.
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