Who knew we'd been ingesting bugs all this time? Thanks for the hack, TikTok.
After hosting some whacky trends like the electric outlet challenge, skull-breaker challenge, and the salt challenge, TikTokers are finally promoting a constructive trend which encourages people to thoroughly wash strawberries before consuming them. If you thought you rinsing them was enough, you might want to reconsider. To clean them perfectly, you begin by first mixing some salt into a bowl of water. Once the salt is dissolved, place the berries in it for say 5 minutes to get rid of the unwanted dirt and small bugs that might be living inside the berries. Yes, there may be small worms living inside the fruit that you probably don't want to consume along with the strawberries.
So I’ve been eating bug infested strawberries my whole life pic.twitter.com/139mHoeQtn— Serena🌿🦋🌈 (@X0Serena) May 18, 2020
In videos that are going viral on Tiktok and on several other platforms now, one can see how strawberries leave behind all the icky bugs and dirt after being cleaned properly. While some seem to think that 5 minutes of soaking in the saltwater is enough, others advise keeping it for thirty minutes. Some even suggested adding some vinegar to clean the strawberries. User Thatnatchats is one of the few people who went viral on TikTok for sharing the presence of a live worm in the berry.
During an interview with Bored Panda, the TikTok user explained what inspired her to try this hack to clean the strawberries. "I always ask my fan base for suggestions about what I should look at next and I’ve been getting a lot of comments about strawberries," she said. "I believed they wanted to see the seeds up close so I was very surprised to find bugs when looking at strawberries under a stereomicroscope. I didn’t learn about how to properly wash the strawberries until my comment section became very fearful and asked how to wash them. Other people replied and I’ve heard salt water, vinegar, and many different methods I have never heard of before."
Thatnatchats said she had an audience of around 40K people due to her past videos; so when she uploaded the one about the strawberries, it was viewed by over 2 million on the very first day. "I was astonished that I had so many people seeing what I have seen. My family was taken back as well. When I went to school the next day, I had a couple of people approach me and say that they had no idea I was so popular on Tiktok. My fans jumped from 40K to 300K. It was crazy, to say the least, but everyone around me was very happy and proud that my passion for science and microscopes was being recognized," she shared. Addressing the sudden concern surrounding strawberries now, the user admitted that the worms are a natural thing, "These strawberries we eat grow out of the dirt and we shouldn’t avoid them. After all, I love strawberries! I do plan to try out all the methods of washing strawberries that TikTok has recommended."
"Nothing makes me happier to see a community such as Tiktok, coming together, and sharing information. It’s like a family to me, really," she continued. You might want to wash the strawberries in water and white vinegar to minimize the chemicals present in the berries, especially if they are not organically grown. According to the Scientific American Guest Blog, people consume about "one to two pounds of flies, maggots, and other bugs each year without even knowing it" on an average. No matter how unpleasant they seem to be, they are harmless. We have been ingesting these food items for years now and if you didn't know, little pieces of bugs can be found everywhere, even in canned vegetables and fruit. But we are still here, right?
tw// gross bugs n food— ًkey (@yongprnt) May 20, 2020
and this everyone is why i refuse to eat strawberries pic.twitter.com/Jy5uTzVli3
I did the water and salt bath for strawberries cause I saw a tiktok of bugs coming out if you do this.... and no bugs came out. I don’t know if I’m relieved or unsatisfied.— Hailey Monet ॐ (@haileymonet) May 19, 2020
Tiktok is starting to ruin strawberries 🍓 for me. Do we really need to rinse them in salt water to get the bugs off? 🥴— Olivia Rachel (@_oliviarachel_) May 20, 2020
Everyone is so mad about the bugs in their strawberries. Fuck. I’m not soaking my strawberries in mf salt water. Those bugs are just chillin. It is an honor for me to even eat the strawberry they reside in. Fuck u for being grossed out by lil buggies in your fruit. It’s natural.— 🌶 garden salsa 🌶 (@jessienoelie) May 21, 2020