Originally Posted by VeganFinds
I bumped into a Mercola article stating the facts on coatings for produce was much more than just shellac, but contained beef, pork and I think chicken. And listed a site which goes into a MASSIVE amount of detail. What do you all think about this? If this is going into even what should be considered "vegan/vegetarian" naturally, should we all make it a point to stores and demand a change of coating, similar to what was done with Startbuck's Strawberry Frappuccino? I say this because after reading both sites, I felt sick to my stomach to put any piece of produce in my mouth. I am upset about this and feel something should be done to stop it, or they'll continue to make what is suppose to be a "vegan/vegetarian" dish into a vegetable/fruit dish with animal fats!!
Here is the MASSIVE detail link:
Mercola article:https articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/08/that-isnt-wax-on-your-organic-apple.aspx
I post this to Activist Discussion and Action Alerts on VeggieBoards because I was unsure which one this falls under?
Relax, relax, relax.
Dr. Joe Mercola is not a reliable source of information. On his website, he has published dozens of articles which claim that vegetarian diets are unhealthy: https://search.mercola.com/results.a...stq=vegetarian
. His claims would be fine, if they were valid, but they're not valid. The American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, Kaiser Permanente health insurance, Blue Cross health insurance, the American Council on Exercise, the British Heart Foundation, and Diabetes UK (among many others) have all stated that properly-planned vegetarian diets are healthy.
I did a websearch for your Mercola article. Here is a directly link: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...nic-apple.aspx
. This article provides no original research. Rather, it directly references the "realitybloger" article. The "realitybloger" article, in turn, cites FDA weblinks that don't even work (see below).
The realitybloger website ( https://realitybloger.wordpress.com/...on-your-apple/
) provides information about modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), but these processes are done using synthetic gases, not animal tissue. The website's FDA weblinks no longer work. The article provides no citations to validate the "cow and pig coatings" claim. The article's whole flavor is paranoid.
Here is a very detailed FDA document which specifies allowable "freshness coatings" for fresh produce: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scrip...cfm?fr=175.300
. The article does mention coatings made from fish (not vegan), but not from beef, pork, or chicken. Stearate coatings are also permissible, and stearates can be derived from either plant or animal fats.
Let's be realistic here: Produce "freshness coatings" are applied as a very thin coat. Such coatings constitute only a very tiny percentage of that piece of fruit.
As vegans, we've got to stop worrying about whether something contains 0.1% of animal material - it's inconsequential! You can spend your time worrying about whether an apple's coating contains 1 milligram of beeswax, or you can spend your time offering a veggie burger to a friend in place of their quarter-pound (100,000 milligram) beef burger.