Fruit is the candy of the food groups. They have a variety of natural, sweet flavors and, unlike artificial man-made candy, they also provide us with an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that benefit our health. Unfortunately, many of the fruits that we enjoy are covered in wax that is made from the same ingredient that motor oil comes from, and it can have serious effects on your health.
Why it is that most of the fruits are covered in wax?
Well, the wax coating most manufacturers use helps them preserve their fruits for longer and also makes them look shiny and more appealing. They first wash the fruits thoroughly, thus removing their naturally occurring wax coating and then cover them with artificial petroleum based wax. The manufacturers say in their defense, that the wax is used to preserve the fruit and protect it from the fungi and bacteria but in reality, they just want to make their products more competitive, prettier to the eye and want to make buyers buy more, regardless of the consequences.
What’s this wax made of? Why is it so dangerous?
To be completely honest, nobody really knows what this wax contains. It’s not a food ingredient which means that the manufacturers are not obliged to list the ingredients and we are left guessing as to what it really contains.
What we know for sure is that the majority of these waxes contain allergens like gluten, dairy, and soy which is really dangerous for people with food allergies. Aside from these ingredients most waxes contain preservatives and fungicides, and even artificial colors and dyes which are supposed to make the apple look more appealing. To make matters even worse a lot of these artificial dyes commonly used in food coloring have been linked to a higher risk of cancer.
If it’s so dangerous how can we avoid it?
As we already mentioned earlier most of the manufacturing companies continue to use this artificial wax coating even though they’re aware of the health risks they carry, so how can we protect ourselves? There are still some companies out there, like Tal-Prolong, Sincere, and Semper Fresh, who are adamant at not using the health-hazardous wax everyone else is using and use a 100% organic wax instead.
The organic wax which is the best alternative is made of all natural ingredients like beeswax, wood resin and carnauba wax (palm tree wax). They don’t include artificial preservatives petroleum based ingredients or fungicides.
If this isn’t enough and you want to buy 100% organic apples, covered in nothing else than their own wax you should go to your local farmers market and buy your fruit from there, just learn when the fruit is in the season so that you’re sure it’s fresh and preservatives-free.
If you have to buy apples from the store, make sure you clean them well before eating them or serving them to your family. As a matter of fact, you should probably do this with all fruits and veggies you buy from a store. Artificial wax is put on most of them.
If you want to know how you can tell the difference between a good apple and a bad one watch the video below and find out: