What Hides In Your Food – Vegetables Under The Microscope

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You probably eat vegetables from time to time,
and if not, you really should. The vegetables we eat are grown in soil and
is therefore in direct contact with the home of millions of microorganisms, and some of
these will eventually find their way onto your food and down into your stomach if you
don’t clean your vegetables properly before eating them. However, despite how gross this might sound,
most of these organisms are harmless to humans. But not all of them! So, now let’s see:
“What hides in your food” The first thing I noticed when I looked at
the different samples I took from the vegetables was that it looked like an insect cemetery. Some of the dirt on the vegetables were actually
not dirt at all, but dead insects and they were everywhere. Some of the insects were even coved in mold. But not everything was dead though. The biggest living animals I found crawling
around on the food were mites. And this wasn’t just a freak one-time coincidence,
I found more than one. I actually found at least two of every organism
you see in this video. And the samples were only taken from a few
vegetables for a total amount of a couple of grams of sample. One of the most abundant organisms I found
were nematodes. These are commonly known as roundworms and
you might in fact have heard about some species of roundworm before, namely the hookworm,
the pinworm and the whipworm. These are human parasites, but the ones found
on your food are most likely unharmful. Most of the worms I found were living, but
I also found a couple of dead ones. Another abundant animal I found were tardigrades. Some of them were unfortunately also dead,
but luckily, I was able to find some living ones too. Tardigrades are known for there ability to
endure extreme conditions like enormous amounts of pressure, radiation and temperatures from
absolute zero to boiling. So it’s not surprising that they not only
live on your food, but also reproduce here. This is the skin of a tardigrade with four
tardigrade eggs inside. This little fellow is an insect larva and
it will eventually turn into a small fly known as a midge. Some of the adult midge flies are able to
bite humans and are known to spread disease. This beautiful red spotted thing is another
small worm-like larva I found a couple of. However, I have no idea what kind it is, so
if you are a biologist, entomologist or just know the answer please let me know below and
I will pin the comment. The last type of organism I want to show you
are single celled organisms, these were also present in huge numbers, maybe only outnumbered
by the millions of bacteria living on your food. So the next time you eat a salad, you now
know that you aren’t eating it by yourself! If you want to see more of these videos, you
can now help me make them by supporting me on patreon.com
I will put a link to that down in the description along with links to the microscope and other
materials I used making this video. If you have any questions, or ideas to what
you want to see under the microscope in the future, please leave a comment below. Thank you for watching!

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