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Saturday, October 8, 2011

WAX is Not Necessary for Fruits and Vegetables: Let Them Be in Their Beautiful, Delicious and Healthy State!


We choose not to buy many fruits and vegetables at supermarkets or even natural food stores. Why? Most fruits and many vegetables sold at these stores are waxed in order to enable the produce to have a longer shelf life and to make them appear shiny and pretty.

However, for our raw family fruits and vegetables are delicious and beautiful fresh from nature, without any additives or wax. If the produce is being waxed, then it could be quite old. Old produce has less nutritional value than fresh produce. So, it’s best to eat fresh produce to get the optimum nutrition.

Also, eating waxed produce means that one is eating wax, and the wax enters into your body. Do you think it is healthy to be eating all of this wax? Waxes can be made from plants, petroleum, or insects. So, if you don’t want to eat the wax from supermarket produce, one must peel the skin before eating. Unfortunately, peeling produce, like apples, pears, or cucumbers results in much less nutrition and flavor since much of the nutrition and flavor is on the skin. Does it make sense to throw away the most important part of the apple?

So, how does a family not buy waxed produce? The answer is shop local. I have found that when produce is shipped a long distance, then it is automatically waxed. However, many times locally sold produce is not waxed. To be sure one will have to ask the vendor. One can find local produce at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and by visiting the farmer directly. Unfortunately, much of the local produce is not organic. I think by repeatedly asking the local vendors for organic produce that they are getting the message that consumers want organic and will pay for it. The more people that ask for organic, the more the organic message is heard.

In summary, mass produced produce sold at the large supermarkets is often waxed to increase shelf life and improve the appearance. Waxing may decrease the nutritional value and flavor. Wiser consumers know that waxing produce is unnecessary. One can choose unwaxed produce by shopping locally.

Our family chooses to eat organic, unwaxed produce. We love to eat food fresh from our plants in our garden. Homegrown and wildgrown is always best!



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1 comments:

AR Sabir said...

U mm umm, that carob cake looks delicious.

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