The science behind fresh food

By: FATIMA HATIF


posted on: September 4th, 2018

While we all enjoy eating good food, one important topic that is important to talk about is that of food wastage. Food wastage can be defined as the disposal of uneaten food.

Why might someone throw away yummy food? One of the major reasons why someone may dispose of food is because it has rotten and no longer is fresh enough to eat or enjoy.

However, this disposal comes with two major problems. First, the unwanted food is often thrown into the landfills, which are parts of the earth’s soil. When too much of this food starts to pile up in the soil, it produces a harmful chemical called methane. The methane then goes on to cause a variety of problems for our environment such as heating up the earth (global warming).

So, what can we do in our daily lives to stop this? If we can somehow keep our food fresh for longer periods of time, we will have more time to enjoy it before it goes bad and thrown away.

In this article, we will talk about 5 ways you can keep your fruits and vegetables fresh as well as the science behind why they work.

KEEP BANANAS AWAY FROM OTHER FRUITS

If you do not have enough time to consume all your fruits, you will want to delay how long it takes them to ripen too much and rotten. The best way to do this is to keep them away from bananas. This is because bananas release a gas called ethylene, which helps fruit ripen faster.

WAIT BEFORE YOU CLEAN YOUR FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

It is always a good idea to wash or scrub fruits and vegetables before eating them to remove any dirt, chemicals or even insects that may be on them. However, you should try to clean them just before you will be eating them. If you wash food and then store it for some time, the food is still slightly wet and this will cause harmful substances like bacteria to grow on them over time.

KEEP POTATOES AWAY FROM OTHER FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Here is another example of a food that will have to be stored separately. Potatoes are also sensitive to ethylene gas and when they are exposed to it, they will produce sprouts. For this reason, it is best to keep them in a cool dark place and away from anything that produces ethylene. Apples, bananas, and onions are some of the main types of food that produce this gas.

DON’T REFRIGERATE CUCUMBERS TOO LONG

Cucumbers are sensitive to cold and shouldn’t be left in the fridge for too long. Try to keep them in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days.

LEAVE GARLIC OUT OF THE FRIDGE

The best way to store garlic is to leave it at room temperature. This is because cold air (such as in a fridge) causes the garlic to moisten and develop mold. You also want to store it in an open container so there is good air circulation, which means it can “breathe”.

We can all do our part in helping to make a difference for our planet. Storing our food properly is not only good for the environment but it good for everyone as it can save us money and help us enjoy all the delicious fruits and vegetables we desire for longer.

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