Sometimes, when it comes to what we eat, we would rather just not know what goes into the foods we enjoy.
So if that “ignorance is bliss” thinking is your preferred approach, you might not want to keep reading. There’s nothing nasty or gross revealed, but you’ll still be shocked at how something as seemingly “untouched” as fruits and vegetables can be treated in ways never imagined.
Take the apples you find at a grocery store.
You think “What you see is what you get” with them, right?
Well, not quite. Not at all, actually.
If you drop a regular, non-organic, store-bought apple in hot water (not boiling, just really warm), you’ll realize that you’ve been ignoring a troubling reality.
They are absolutely COVERED in wax.
The wax isn’t toxic or dangerous to consume, but it’s likely an ingredient you didn’t know you were consuming your entire life. Here’s what the residue looks like. Not dangerous, but not exactly appetizing, either, is it?
Fortunately, if you’re not inclined to search or pay for the untreated stuff, you can clean them off fairly easily.
Put your apples in a bowl and cover them with a tablespoon of baking soda. Then, squeeze exactly one tablespoon of lemon juice on to the baking soda and apples. Then, pour about two or three inches of lukewarm water into the bowl.
Then, scrub the apples with a toothbrush. More work than you’re used to putting in to eat an apple, right? Well, you can try springing for organic stuff instead, if this is too much work. You’ll be able to really feel the wax rubbing off as you brush.
Again, there’s no harm to your health, but why eat wax if you don’t have to? Especially now that you know the truth!
As you can see, the waxless apples aren’t as shiny, which is one reason that wax is used on store-bought produce.
The wax also keeps the apples fresh longer. So it does serve a purpose, but, if you’re a little creeped out by the wax addition, follow these steps and munch away without fear!