How To Remove Wax From Apples?

Shiny apples don’t just fool princesses. The evil queen in Snow White may not have actually meant to poison the princess. It could have just been the sneaky toxins hiding on the fruit, and the queen was simply worried Snow White hadn’t been eating enough. Whether or not that’s the case, the princess fell ill, and the apple was the cause.

Poisoned fruit doesn’t make much of an appearance in modern literature anymore, but it makes an appearance every day in the modern life. In the sack lunches, your kids set off to school with, in the pies you make for parties, in the healthy snack you pick up instead of a bag of potato chips. Nestled cozily between the wax coating put on many fruits and vegetables and the natural skin of the produce, pesticides and chemicals lurk, safely encased by wax.


Is Fruit Waxing Safe?


There’s a common misconception that the wax itself is the harmful substance, but the truth is a little more complicated. Wax is actually not bad for you, it’s just there. It passes through you, unabsorbed and undigested. But there are sometimes chemicals mixed in with the wax that can be harmful, such as ethyl alcohol and fungicides.

Some are even made with dairy and animal products, an often unknown issue for those who follow a vegan diet.

What wax is good for is the fruit. It helps retain moisture, enhance firmness and slow down degradation. Many fruits and vegetables actually produce their own wax, so yes, it’s supposed to be there.

Why wax isn’t good is it’s tendency to create a seal for all the pesticides and chemicals sprayed on the fruit on the farm. And that’s the biggest problem.

ADHD and IQ loss are both sometimes linked to the neurotoxins found in many fruits and vegetables from the pesticide process, and young children are at risk for brain underdevelopment and abnormal brain functioning. Infants are are at much higher risk of being affected because their bodies can’t detoxify like an adults can.

How Can You Lessen The Harm Your Fruit May Cause?


You can’t stop eating fruits and vegetables, but you can clean them well.Here are a few ways you can be sure to have for-real healthy produce:

  • Gently scrub the skin with baking soda and water. This may be best for hardier fruits and veggies as it’s a little harsh on the skin of the produce.
  • For delicate fruits such as berries or tomatoes, a soak in water with grapefruit seed extract will clean those nicely for you.
  • Finally, one of the more commonly relied on methods is a 3:1 ratio of warm water to vinegar. Soak your produce in the mixture, the longer the better to get all the gross chemicals off.

So maybe don’t be so harsh on the evil queen, perhaps her local supermarket was just carrying some exceptionally waxy apples.

Sarah Morgan

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