Wash Your Berries in Salt Water and Little Bugs Might Crawl Out

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We all know that we should wash our fresh fruits and vegetables before we eat them, right? They likely have dirt, pesticides, bugs, feces, and heaven knows what else smeared all over them, but listen…I honestly wasn’t prepared for the message that there are bugs inside them.

And if you wash with vinegar, a bleach solution, store-bought produce cleaner, baking soda…none of that is going to force them to crawl out.

If you think this is nonsense, well, lucky (?) for you, there’s a thing called TikTok on a thing called the Internet.

That means there is video.

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These little white worms are baby fruit flies called Spotted Wing Drosophila – the females shoot their eggs into the interior of fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.

Yeah. All of them.

No, seriously…

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The bugs find their way into food during the harvesting and packaging process, and since they’re not harmful to public health, the FDA just kind of shrugs about the whole thing.

So, there you go. If you want to make sure these boogers find their way out of your food before you eat it the next time, you need salt water and a strong stomach.

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Go forth and conquer, my friends.

Though if you’re looking to live a life without accidentally ingesting insects, you’re probably in trouble.

Have you ever done anything like this? Did you realize that it’s okay to have bugs in our food?

Let us know in the comments!