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What are the different edible coatings that are used and are they dangerous?

Comparing Edible Coatings on Produce

To be clear, using edible coatings on produce is not a new concept. It's been done for centuries using natural substances like beeswax. The question is, how does Apeel compare to those traditional methods?

Beeswax, Shellac, and Paraffin Wax

Beeswax and shellac are natural secretions from bees and lac bugs, respectively. They've been used for generations to coat apples, citrus fruits, and candies. Paraffin wax is a petroleum product that's also commonly used.

While these coatings are generally considered safe, they're not without drawbacks. Shellac, for example, is not vegan and some people have allergies. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of the oil industry. But they are at least familiar, time-tested substances.

Organic Versions of Apeel Product

Some companies now make organic versions of edible coatings using ingredients like carnauba wax and wood resin. These may be a better choice for those looking to avoid synthetic compounds.

However, it's important to note that even organic coatings can affect the natural microbiome of produce. They may prevent the growth of beneficial bacteria along with the bad.

And if produce is already contaminated with pathogens, coatings can seal them in and make them harder to wash off.

Personally, I prefer to eat fresh, uncoated produce whenever possible. Buying local and in season is the best way to get fruits and vegetables that haven't been sitting around long enough to need a preservative coating.

Potential Health Concerns with Long-Term Consumption

The biggest question I have about Apeel is its safety for long-term consumption. While the ingredients may be deemed safe in isolation, what happens when we eat them regularly, in combination with other additives and environmental toxins?

Last updated: Apr 29, 2024 15:47 PM