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How Much Wax Should An Apple Really Contain?

Apples are an important part of our diet. Applesauce is one of the first solid foods we feed our babies and most enjoy it throughout their lives. Apples provide a good and wholesome source of vitamins that are necessary to keep our bodies healthy.

Good, old fashioned apple pie is a staple on holidays in most American homes. On Halloween, children enjoy bobbing for apples. Apples are versatile fruits that can be eaten raw or cooked and baked in a variety of ways.

Why Do They Wax Apples?

Apples are naturally colorful and shiny when allowed to ripen naturally. Years ago, people believed that waxing apples for consumers made them more appealing for purchase. The truth behind wax on apples is that they are picked before they are completely ripe. It also keeps them fresher which allows them to be safely stored for longer periods of time.

Early picking causes the apples to be harvested before they have all of their nutritional value. Vitamins and minerals are lost when they are picked too early. Organically grown apples are not waxed. They are picked when they are ripened and have not lost any of their nutritional value. They are much healthier for your family.

Is this Wax Safe?

The wax on apples grown in the United States is minimal and deemed safe by the FDA. A mere drop or two is used to preserve the apple and keep it fresh. Other countries that produce apples may use candle wax. Candle wax is not suitable for human consumption. However, it is up to the consumer to know where the apples that they are buying were grown. If the apple was grown in a country that uses candle wax or wax made from beef, the consumer should consider alternative apples.

Removing the Wax

It isn’t that difficult to remove the wax from apples. Simply make a solution of water, lemon juice and baking soda. Scrub the apples with this until all of the wax has been removed. This will also aid in getting rid of pesticide residue.

When In Doubt

Many consumers that have concerns about wax on their apples have gone organic. Organic apples do not contain any waxes at all. For those that live in areas where apples are grown, seek out your local farmers market. You can usually get a good deal there and get quality apples that haven’t been waxed.

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