Did you know that some imported fruits are waxed as a way of keeping them from spoiling? Other times they aren’t coated in wax, but with animal collagen.
Waxes on your food are regulated by the government. Coatings used on fruits and vegetables must meet the food additive regulations of the FDA. Extensive research by governmental and scientific authorities has shown that approved waxes are safe to eat. In fact, the wax you eat is not digested; it goes through your body without breaking down or being absorbed.
Waxes turn white and leave residue on produce when they have been exposed to excessive heat or moisture. Here’s a video of a regular conventionally grown apple doused in boiling hot water. Keep your eye on the the peel as the hot water comes in contact with the fruit:
Admittedly, these wax coatings are approved for use by the FDA, however in their own report, it reads,
There have been great technological advances in this area of preservation, particularly as it refers to improving the quality and shelf-stability of highly perishable food products, such as produce. However, when using these technologies, careful attention must be paid to the effect on the survival and growth of pathogenic organisms.
Sadly, there are no organic apples available in the country. Apples are also top on the Dirty Dozen list of produce found to have high pesticide residue.
If you must eat them, make sure you scrub thoroughly. Try cleaning with apple cider vinegar and baking soda to get rid of the coating. Or, if you don’t have the time, peel your produce before you eating.
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