Now you know

The news is out: [In artificial ripening, fruits are harvested before maturity and treated with chemicals to force them to ripen. The chemical mostly used for this is calcium carbide which, when in contact with water, produces acetylene which hasten ripening, and also produces traces of other chemicals like arsenic and phosphorus hydrides which are poisonous.
Ripening is normally a natural process undergone by fruits when they are fully matured. During ripening, fruits soften, change color and develop characteristic aroma and flavor. There is also a reduction in sourness (acids) and increase in the sweetness, etc. What companies do is to artificially ripen these fruits with chemicals even before they are fully matured.
The early symptoms of carbide poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea with or without blood, burning sensation of the chest and abdomen, thirst, weakness, difficulty in swallowing, irritation or burning in the eyes and skin, permanent eye damage, ulcers on the skin, irritation in the mouth, nose and throat. Throat sores, cough, and wheezing and shortness of breath may also occur soon after exposure to the chemical.
Higher exposure may cause a build-up of fluids in the lungs. For instance; eating artificially ripened mangoes causes stomach upset because the alkaline substance is an irritant that erodes the mucosal tissue in the stomach and disrupts intestinal function. Chronic exposure to the chemical could lead to peptic ulcer.
It’s so appalling that many companies, despite being aware of the dangerous effect of this practice, still go ahead and continue to do so. Their actions are purely driven by greed and profit maximization.]
So it’s up to you to protect yourself.

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