Fruits are super foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals and their different health benefits are of immense benefit for the overall health and well-being. Even though they have a sweet taste similar to candies, they are not the same, i.e. candies have no nutritional value and contain a lot of artificial sugars whereas fruits have natural sugar only and are highly nutritious.
However, even though we buy fruits because we know they are healthy and good for us, nowadays, a lot of manufacturers, companies, etc. use waxy substances to cover the fruits and make them more appealing to the customers. This wax contains substances found in motor oil. This being said, consuming fruits with this type of wax for a prolonged period of time can have a detrimental effect on one’s health.
Why Is Fruit Wax Used?
This wax is applied with the purpose to preserve fruits and prolong their shelf life. To achieve this, the natural wax is removed first and then the fruit is coated with this wax. Even though the manufacturers claim that the wax is necessary to prevent fungus and bad bacteria from attacking the fruit, some people have started to wonder whether this covering is necessary or it is merely a marketing trick that makes fruits more appealing and thus, increase sales and profit.
What Does This Wax Contain?
Since this wax is not a food ingredient, companies do not have to reveal the origin. Hence, there is a lot of controversy regarding the content of this wax. For now, the confirmed substances are allergens like dairy, gluten, and soy. What’s more, a lot of these fruit waxes have preservatives and fungicides, as well as artificial colors and dyes. Unfortunately, most of dyes used in food products have been linked with a higher risk of cancer.
How to Stay Away from This Harmful Wax?
Believe it or not, although most wax coatings have suspicious ingredients, there are companies which use natural wax coating, for example, Semper Fresh, Syncera, and Tal-Prolong. These organic waxes for fruits contain carnauba wax, wood resin, and beeswax. On the other hand, they are free of petroleum, artificial preservatives, and fungicides.
All in all, to be on the safe side and to be 100 percent sure that you are buying fruits free of wax, you should buy your fruit supply from the farmer’s market. Also, it is a good option to buy fruits that are in season so that you know that there are no added preservatives.