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Wax On Your Fruit/Veggies May Trigger Allergies

Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 07:07 AM
posted by Therese

The apples and pears bought in stores are nowadays coated with was for better shine.No amount of washing reduces the shine. What is the risk in eating the wax layer on such fruits?

0003383542PP-1280x1024Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are often waxed to prevent moisture loss, protect them from bruising during shipping, and increase their shelf life. When purchasing non-organic fruits and vegetables, you should ask your grocer about the kind of wax used on their surface even if you are going to peel it; carnauba wax (from the carnauba palm tree), beeswax, and shellac (from the lac beetle) are preferable to petroleum-based waxes, which contain solvent residues or wood rosins. Yet, it is not just the wax itself that may be of concern but the other compounds often added to it – ethyl alcohol or ethanol for consistency, milk casein (a protein linked to milk allergy) as a film former or soap as a flowing agent.

Organically grown fruits and vegetables do not contain synthetic (petroleum-based) wax coatings.

Non-organic fruits and vegetables that are commonly waxed include:
• Cucumbers
• Bell peppers
• Eggplant
• Potatoes
• Apples
• Lemons and Limes
• Oranges

Date: July 21, 2014
Ginger, similar to those spicy peppers, can help jumpstart that blood flow, as can turmeric root, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Think of it as the best traffic cop or crossing guard you’ll ever meet. Turmeric prevents clogs and bottlenecks and other annoying obstacles that will render your circulatory system sluggish and your blood from getting […]

Date: July 15, 2014
Well, if you like spice then turn it up! Spicy food is a source of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is essentially a taxi service that shuttles fats and cholesterol in the water-based solution of your blood stream and helps your body dissolve any blood clots that may postentially form. The capsaicin in hot peppers helps […]

Date: July 8, 2014
Did you know that shiitake mushrooms have been used medicinally by the Chinese and Japanese for thousands of years?  Shitake health benefits include its ability to boost the immune system, strengthening its ability to fight infection and disease. Lentinan provides anti-cancer protection by attracting immune cells that fragment and destroy cancer cells, and has also been […]

Date: July 2, 2014
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Date: June 27, 2014
Wild salmon. Salmon that hasn’t been grown in fish farms is one of the best sources for omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 keeps your skin moisturized and prevents acne breakouts. It is also good for your heart, so go ahead and indulge!

Date: June 21, 2014
The nutrients packed in this green leafy vegetable give us an overall sense of well-being on top of its beautifying properties. It’s a good source of all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need for younger looking skin and hair.

Date: June 15, 2014
This “superfood” contains beta carotene for healthy, bright eyes, and antioxidants that help prevent the skin from aging. Eating sweet potatoes regularly keeps us young and sharp. Who doesn’t want that?

Date: June 9, 2014
Before you get all excited about how chocolate can be good for your skin, remember that only those chocolates with high levels of cocoa flavanols, phytonutrient compounds that have an antioxidant effect, like the ones with at least 60 percent cacao, fit in this criteria. A small piece of dark chocolate hydrates the skin, leaving […]

Date: June 3, 2014
Walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, the vitamin that reduces skin flare-ups and makes hair healthy. They contain nutrients that prevent inflammation as well as enhance immunity. Not only will you have healthy, glowing skin, you’re also protecting yourself against cold and flu.

Date: May 27, 2014
Fruits high in vitamin C like kiwi, oranges, blueberries and grapefruits. Vitamin C has always been on top of everyone’s list of essential vitamins and minerals. Not only does Vitamin C help you get better when you’re down with the flu, it also stimulates the production of collagen in the body. Collagen, which can be […]