We all know that when we bring fruit home from the shops we should always give the produce a quick rinse off under the tap to get rid of any nasties it may have picked up on the often long trip from farm to table.
It seems, however, the quick ‘rinse and done’ mentality has been serving us wrong this whole time, and has probably left many of us ingesting far more than the fruit.
The revelations comes after a confronting new video left internet users feeling queasy at the amount of dirt washed off an average punnet of strawberries.
Shared to TikTok by user Aline Osmadian, the video demonstrates the proper way we should be washing fruit if we want it to be clean, and to last longer.
”You’d be surprised what hides in your strawberries,” the woman in the video warns viewers, and she sure wasn’t wrong.
After soaking the berries in a combination of water and vinegar (at an 8:1 ration) for five minutes, the formerly clean water is left swimming with a mixture of dead bugs, chunks of dirt as well as various other bits and pieces.
“This is why just water does not work,” she says, zooming in on the dirty water to prove her point.
She went on to rinse the fruit under running water for three minutes and leave them to dry before storing them between layers of paper towels, where they lasted for days without getting mouldy.
Video divides TikTok users over ‘wasteful’ use of water
The video divided many on the popular video app. Some were grossed out by the amount of debris that washed off the berries.
“I’m never eating again,” one person wrote.
“We’ve been eating bugs for years,” another bemoaned.
”Thanks for the tip!” another wrote.
Others pointed out much of the material left in the bowl could easily be hairs and seeds from the strawberries and argued they didn’t mind eating a bug or two to save on the water they claim was ‘wasted’.
“Those are all just strawberry hairs,” one woman wrote.
“Seems like a big waste of water and paper towel,” another pointed out.
“That’s a lot of work,” another noted. “I’ll just eat the bugs.”