Fruit is maybe the most lovable food group. They contain a variety of natural and sweet flavors and they provide us with an abundance of nutrients and vitamins that benefit our health. But, unfortunately, many of our favorite fruits are covered in wax made from the equal ingredient that motor oil is made of, and it can have dangerous effects on our health.
Fruit Wax Coverings
Many manufacturers and fruit farmers cover the fruits in a wax coating in order to preserve them. But, first they remove the original, natural wax that covers the fruits through washing. After that, they coat fruits like oranges and apples in a petroleum-based wax.
These manufacturers claim that they do this in order to prevent fungus and bacteria and to preserve the fruit, but it is known that waxing is used also to add more color to fruits and make them look more attractive for the customer.
Fruit Wax Ingredients
The ingredients that these waxes contain have been surrounded with a lot of controversy because the companies are not obligated to disclose them exactly. But, it is confirmed that lots of different types of these waxes contain certain allergens such as dairy, gluten and soy.
Most typical wax coatings contain fungicides and preservatives. Sometimes they also contain dyes and artificial coloring that supposed to improve the wax appearance. Many dyes used in food production have been linked to an increased risk of cancer development.
How to Avoid Dangerous Fruit Wax
Many companies have declared that they use wax made of only natural safe ingredients. These are some brand-names of fruit wax coatings without harmful ingredients: Tal-Prolong, Semper Fresh and Syncera.
Organic fruit waxes are most often made of natural ingredients such as beeswax, carnuaba wax (made from the palm tree leaves) and wood resin. They also don’t contain artificial preservatives, fungicides or petroleum-based ingredients.
If you want to eat fruit that doesn’t contain any wax coverage, but the one that it produce it, then you should buy fruit from the market when the fruit is in season, and you can be sure that they will not contain any preservatives.
In the video below you can see the simple method how to check if an apple is covered with wax: