After eating watermelon with nitrates may experience serious problems
In the markets of Ukraine is actively selling watermelons, and many people think that the later you start to eat melons, the smaller the risk to buy a berry with nitrates. But it’s not, it all depends on the integrity of the manufacturer, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to RBC.
So, the doctor of agricultural Sciences Oksana Sergienko, head, Institute of vegetables and melons NAANU, says that the appearance of the melons in July at the markets — the norm. The fact that we have actively cultivated early maturing hybrids of melons. And their vegetation period, from 65 to 80 days, so they ripen by the middle of summer. Moreover, such hybrids melons can be successfully cultivated without excess agrochemicals
“The content of nitrates depends on the integrity and professionalism of the manufacturer. Also notice that excessive nitrates can be in July, and the August melons, so do not think that all the watermelons or melons in August — free from these substances,” says Sergienko.
Maximum permissible content of nitrates in watermelons is 60 mg per 1 kg. Academic advises to ask the seller a certificate stating that the products are safe.
What to do with nitrate toxicity, and what symptoms indicate it
If you are “lucky” to eat saturated with nitrates watermelon, then after 4-6 hours you will have unpleasant symptoms:
- signs of poisoning: nausea, severe salivation, vomiting,
- diarrhea, weakness, dizziness, violation of coordination of movements until he lost consciousness.
This suggests that your body got nitrogen compounds. In this case, you should immediately consult a doctor.