The popular adage goes something like this - ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ But in today’s age of pollution, pesticides and artificially ripened fruits, that might not be true. In today’s times, to make apples come across more appetizing and delicious looking, they are often coated with a layer of wax and not the naturally occurring kind. This wax layer has been reported to have an impact on our colon, respiratory health and even cause certain infections.
You’d be surprised to know that waxed apples look so fresh that even a year old apple looks the same as a fresh one. You should also know that some food-grade waxes are approved by FSSAI and are safe to consume. However, there is a possibility that your apples may have wax beyond the permissible limit. But if you feel that the apple peels are too slippery and waxy, it is always best to remove it before consuming it.
A lot of us think that simply removing the apple peel also removes the wax present in it, but it may not entirely be true. So if you fear the shiny apples that you have bought have wax in them, there are some ways you can remove it.
Normally washing the apples doesn’t remove the wax layer from the fruits. So how is the consumer supposed to save themselves from wax?
Ways to remove wax
OPTION 1: You can leave the apples in extremely hot water for a minute and then rub it with a rough towel to remove the wax.
OPTION 2: You can also add some lemon juice and baking soda in water to remove the wax coat.
OPTION 3: You can also use vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) in water