The candy of the food groups are the fruits. They have various natural and sweet flavors, and, unlike artificial man-made candy, they are also providing our organism with an abundance of vitamins nutrients that are very useful and beneficial for our overall health. But, many of the fruits that we like eating, are covered in wax, which is the same ingredient from which motor oil comes from. That can be very harmful for our health, as it affect it very seriously.
Fruit wax coverings
In order to preserve the fruits, most of the fruit farmers, as well as manufacturers are covering their fruits in a coating of wax. When they do this, they usually take out the fruit’s natural wax that originally covers the fruit through washing. After removing the natural wax, they cover them in a petroleum-based wax, usually fruits like apples and oranges.
Those manufacturers that do this process, claim that it is done in order to prevent fungus and bacteria building up on them, as well as for preserving them. But the truth is that besides that purpose, the wax coverings have the function to add coloring and give the fruit a more favorable appearance. There have been a lot of questions about the need of using the wax, such as if it is used to keep the fruit fresh, or just to make us to by more and more.
Fruit wax ingredients
And about the ingredients used for making the wax, there have been a lot of controversy. As the wax is not considered as a food ingredient technically, people cannot make the companies to tell from what exactly the wax is made of.
There was a prove that different types of waxes contain a lot of allergens, like gluten, dairy and soy.
Most of the conventional wax coatings contain a lot of preservatives and fungicides, as well as a lot of artificial coloring and dyes, in order to make the wax to have better appearance. There has been an increased risk of cancer due to many dyes which were commonly used in food products.
How to avoid harmful fruit wax?
Besides using some conventional wax coatings which are known for being very harmful for our body, there are also some companies that produce waxes which are made from only natural ingredients.
Some of the brand – name fruit wax coatings, which do not contain ingredients which can be harmful for the human body are: Tal-Prolong, Syncera and Semper Fresh.
For making organic fruit waxes, they use some natural ingredients, like beeswax, wood resin and carnauba wax, which is made from the palm tree’s leaves. It means that they do not contain of artificial preservatives, petroleum-based ingredients or fungicides.
So, when you want to eat fruit that is not covered with any other wax, but just the one that it produces itself, than you should buy the fruit from the farmer’s market, when the fruit is in season.
This will assure you that there is no any preservative used to preserve it.