Corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) makes people do prevention by washing food ingredients such as fruits and vegetables. This action was taken in an effort to break the chain of transmission of the disease.
However, is this action safe to do? Recently food scientists revealed that there are toxicity problems in household dishwashing soap.
This was revealed by a Professor and Food Safety Specialist at North Carolina State University, Benjamin Chapman. It turns out that this case is related to the people’s habit of washing food using soap.
“Drinking dish soap or eating it can cause nausea, can cause stomach pain. This is not a compound that is actually made by the human stomach. Instead, the community must wash it with cold water, “Chapman said as reported by FoxNews.
Furthermore, Chapman said, a better way to process new food ingredients is to store them. After everything is stored properly, then you wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer.
The habit of washing vegetables and fruits using soap can cause various health problems. Some of them such as mild gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
This can happen because food products such as vegetables and fruits have pores so that they can absorb the soap given during rinsing.
“Consumers may not wash fruits and vegetables with detergent or soap according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). These products are not approved or labeled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in food. You can ingest residues from soap or detergent which is absorbed on the product, “completed Chapman.
In addition many unscientific statements circulating in the community with the habit of washing fruits and vegetables. Some of these include using a dilute bleach solution, lemon juice or vinegar to wash all food items during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Again, there is no scientific evidence that all of these methods can work. In addition, swallowing bleach is dangerous. There is no evidence that vegetable soap can destroy SARS-CoV-2, or other viruses for that matter. Because there is no scientific research that says that, “Chapman added.
It’s good for people to rinse fresh fruits and vegetables with cold water. This method might be able to remove 90 to 99% of bacteria or germs present in food.