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beamer
04-25-2005, 02:43 PM
The other day a friend of mine was telling me about all the wax that is commonly sprayed on apples to make them "shine" & display well in the store. When I got home I grabbed a apple and scraped its surface with a knife and was pretty shocked at how much wax (if thats what it really is) came off. It aggrivates me that producers put stuff on the food we consume without letting us know. I dont know if the stuff is bad for me or not but when I eat a apple thats all I expect to be eating! :mad: OK, I'm done bitching now. :)

elissalowe
04-25-2005, 04:41 PM
The other day a friend of mine was telling me about all the wax that is commonly sprayed on apples to make them "shine" & display well in the store. When I got home I grabbed a apple and scraped its surface with a knife and was pretty shocked at how much wax (if thats what it really is) came off. It aggrivates me that producers put stuff on the food we consume without letting us know. I dont know if the stuff is bad for me or not but when I eat a apple thats all I expect to be eating! :mad: OK, I'm done bitching now. :)
If it's any comfort, the coatings used are a) natural, b) GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), c) have more than a cosmetic role, and d) are used in all sorts of foods - not just apples...so the odds are good you've been chowing down on these in one form or another most of your life (and you're still here!).

The coatings used on apples are either carnauba wax (obtained from the leaves/buds of a Brazilian tree, Copernica cerifera, a.k.a. "wax palm"), candellia wax (obtained from desert plants of the genus Euphorbia), or food-grade shellac (a resin secreted by the Lac bug found in India and Pakistan). In addition to making apples shiny, the coating reduces moisture loss/respiration, which increases the shelf life and keeps the fruit crisp for a longer period of time.

Edible waxes are used in a variety of products as a formulation aid, lubricant/release agent, surface finishing agent in baked foods and mixes. You'll find them in chewing gum, confections/candy, frostings, fresh fruits, gravies, and sauces.

Mmmmmm ;)

beamer
04-25-2005, 06:09 PM
Ah, well now I know. I'll share this with my friend. Thanks for setting me straight.....again. :D