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From what I understand, some of the wax used to make fruits shiny isn't vegan. I think it would probably be next to impossible to find out if the wax on the fruit at a specific store is vegan, so my questions are:<br><br><br><br>
Rather than peeling the fruit (the skins probably have a lot of vitamins and fiber I would think), does anyone know of an effective way to remove the wax? I'd rather not use those sprays they sell at supermarkets because I doubt they're cruelty free and probably have chemicals.<br><br><br><br>
Also, other than apples (which are obviously very shiny), what other fruits do they normally wax (pears maybe)? Actually, I guess they probably wax vegetables, too.<br><br><br><br>
Someone I know that works for a produce distributor told me they even put wax on some organic fruit (he said they have to because it is too perishable not to..that aside from "improving" the appearance, it helps to extend the shelf life), but I assume that may not always be the case. I once saw a bag of organic apples at a health food store that specifically said "wax free".....but the other organic ones they had didn't say that.<br><br><br><br>
It's so annoying to have to worry about stuff like this just to eat fruit......who cares if it's shiny or not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">????
 

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They have sprays at Whole Foods that are not chemical-laden, and have not been tested on animals. They usually rely on citric juices for their power, I think.
 

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This is one thing I used to worry over. But I realized that avoiding healthy foods, like apples, sweet potatoes, pinapples, grapes, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, ect, was not really helping the vegan cause. I mean, what is it going to help if we avoid eating a peice of fruit? Nothing, it will get unsold, thrown away, and wasted. I just gave up on the organic apples and stuff, I mean I don't really have any money to spend as it is (my mom buys the groceries)
 

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Another thing is some fruits (like oranges) are sometimes dyed to have a more unifom color. Are those dyes vegan?
 

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People mess with foods too much these days. The best things to do are to get in touch with the producers and say "Oi! - Stop messing with my food!" but even though they do wax them you shoudln't just not eat them. The wax could be either carbuba wax (vegan) shellec (not vegetarian) or beeswax. (vegetarian but not vegan) Don't sweat the small stuff though. Fruit is an essential part of anyone's diet, and you shoul still eat it. but hopefully, if more consumers realise that wax is ending up on fruit, and make enough fuss about it, they'll stop doing it.
 

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I would be more worried about the wax sealing in chemicals on the produce. I use diluted vegetable dish soap and spray it and rub thoroughly. I don't think that removes everything, but some.<br><br><br><br>
I have looked at some of those vegetable sprays, and one was mostly just vinegar. I imagine that it (an acid) would remove some wax (and other baddies).
 
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