It Seems If You Put Strawberries Into Salt Water, Tiny Bugs Come Out Of Them

In the Spring and Summer means it is time for fresh berries and fruits! But, be sure to wash them properly, not just a quick rinse either or you run the risk of eating teeny weeny little bugs.  Probably many of us have been eating bugs for years – gross!

Messages and videos have been appearing on TikTok showing their followers just how to wash berries properly that has amassed a surge of more videos shared by others too. Salt water dissolved in water is a good trick to use, or vinegar water too, to make sure the the dirt and those little pesky bugs inside the fruit get off your delectable berries.

There are varying degrees of advice on how long you should soak your strawberries for from 5 to 30 minutes, so it is up to you to choose.  Just don’t forget the second step of rinsing them afterward or else you will have salty or vinegary tasting berries – not too pleasant.

Videos on TikTok show their followers best way to get rid of dirt and any pesky bugs on your fruit

Sharing advice on your best way to get rid of bugs is fast becoming a ‘strawberry bug trend’

Here’s what the bugs look like from up close

“I always ask my fan base for suggestions about what I should look at next and I’ve been getting a lot of comments about strawberries”. “I believed they wanted to see the seeds up close so I was very surprised to find bugs when looking at strawberries under a stereomicroscope. I didn’t learn about how to properly wash the strawberries until my comment section became very fearful and asked how to wash them. Other people replied and I’ve heard salt water, vinegar, and many different methods I have never heard of before.”

Thatnatchats has around 40 thousand followers but, with the ‘strawberry bug trend’ this reach 2 million on day one! She said “I was astonished that I had so many people seeing what I have seen. My family was taken back as well. When I went to school the next day, I had a couple of people approach me and say that they had no idea I was so popular on Tiktok. My fans jumped from 40k to 300k. It was crazy, to say the least, but everyone around me was very happy and proud that my passion for science and microscopes was being recognized.”

She went on to say that she realised that some may be a bit perturbed about eating strawberries again after seeing the detail of the bugs, but  they shouldn’t be fearful if they wash them properly.

She said “These strawberries we eat grow out of the dirt and we shouldn’t avoid them. After all, I love strawberries! I do plan to try out all the methods of washing strawberries that TikTok has recommended.”

Adding to this she also said “Nothing makes me happier to see a community such as Tiktok, coming together and sharing information. It’s like a family to me, really.”

When strawberries are soaked in salt water you will see the bugs appear

It’s not just bugs and dirt that we should be worried about. If the strawberries you bought aren’t organic but grown using pesticides, you’ll want to add some white vinegar to the water. That way, you’ll minimize the amount of chemicals you swallow.

More importantly a concern that should be heeded is that not all strawberries are grown organically so you would also want to get rid of any pesticides or chemicals, perhaps worse than bugs! Vinegar is a good addition to the water used to soak them. Some suggest cold water and other says lukewarm,  perhaps lukewarm is the better as the salt does dissolve quicker in warm water.

For many years, we are aware of the fact that we have been eating bugs all along but we try to remove thought of this, but insects are everywhere including in canned fruits and veggies.

Layla Eplett writes on the Scientific American Guest Blog that people on average ingest about “one to two pounds of flies, maggots, and other bugs each year without even knowing it.” While it’s unpleasant to think about, it’s harmless. After all, we’re still here, aren’t we? Just in case, though, wash your strawberries! Wash ‘em well.

What is quite horrific is that people are estimated to ingest around 1 to 2 pounds of flies, maggots and other bugs every year and being none the wiser for it! Pretty awful thought but, in reality it is harmless as we are still all here surviving!  As per Layla Eplett writes on the Scientific American Guest Blog

But, preferably wash your fruit and berries well.

Reactions from people when they learned about how many bugs they could be eating on their nice fresh strawberries!

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