Know : Fruit Waxing and Safe-Consuming of Waxed Fruits

Fruit waxing is the process of covering fruits (and in some cases vegetables) with the artificial waxing material. Natural wax is removed first, usually by washing. Waxing materials may be either natural or petroleum-based.

The primary reasons for waxing are to prevent water loss (making up for the removal in washings of the natural waxes in fruits that have them, particularly citrus, but also, for example, apples) and thus retard shrinkage and spoilage, and to improve appearance. Dyes may be added to further enhance appearance, and sometimes fungicides. 

How to be Careful in consuming Artificially Waxed Apples?

Wax Coated ApplesIt is a fact that apple fruits are coated with wax, but the wax that is generally used is edible one and is safe to consume. However, some unscrupulous producers can coat apples with petroleum-based waxes that are harmful for human health.

Apples have natural wax coating on their surface, you can observe this when you pluck an apple from a tree and rub it with your hands. The whitish kind of powder that sticks to your palms is the natural wax on the surface of apple fruit. Likewise, when you scratch an artificially waxed apple, you will see a thin layer peeling off.

Apples are coated with wax for several reasons, like preservation, reduce loss of water, increase visual freshness and of course, replace the natural wax, because cleaning and processing of apples results in the loss of natural wax coat. This practice is very common, especially in supermarkets. Thin layer of wax is coated on apples, either by dipping, brushing or spraying with edible waxes like Carnauba or Shellac that are completely safe to consume and are not harmful. This edible wax is not digested, but is passed out through the digestive system.

On the other hand, some unscrupulous producers use the harmful petroleum-based waxes for coating of apples. If an apple looks very glossy and shiny, it is to be suspected. To avoid harmful wax coat, it is advisable to buy apples from markets and places where apples are grown. The chances that the farmers have not waxed apples will be good here. It is also a better idea to buy the dull apples that are fresh, without any kind of artificial coating.

More importantly, it is always a good practice to clean apples with lukewarm water thoroughly before eating. Also, you may use a paper towel with some vinegar (acetic acid) to wipe the apple before washing. Another obvious way to avoid harmful wax of apple fruits is to remove the entire peel, but you might lose on certain vitamins and also the crispiness of the peel. You can share and spread this health awareness about waxed apples. – (Courtesy: HoaxorFact.com)

Waxing Materials

The waxing materials used depend to some extent on regulations in the country of production and/or export; both natural waxes (sugar-cane, carnaubashellac, resinor) or petroleum-based waxes (usually proprietary formulae) are used. Wax may be applied in a volatile petroleum-based solvent but is now more commonly applied via a water-based emulsion. Blended paraffin waxes applied as an oil or paste are often used on vegetables. Brand names for waxes include Tal-Prolong, Semper-fresh, Frutox, Waxol, Fruit and vegetable kleen and Decco Luter

Know : Glazing Agent:

glazing agent is a natural or synthetic substance that provides a waxy, homogeneous, coating to prevent water loss and provide other surface protection for the substance.

Differences between natural and synthetic glazing agents : 

Natural

Natural glazing agents have been found present, most often in plants or insects. In nature, the agents are used to keep the moisture in the specimen, but science has harnessed this characteristic by turning it into a glazing agent that acts as a coating. This glazing agent is made up of a substance that is classified as a wax. A natural wax is chemically defined as an ester with a very long hydrocarbon chain that also includes a long chain alcohol. However, in a wax there have been many different chemical structures that can be included in a definition of a wax, such as: wax esters, sterol esters, ketones, aldehydes, alcohols, hydrocarbons, and sterols.

Examples are:

Synthetic

Science has produced similar glazing agents that mimic their natural counterparts. These components are added in different proportions to achieve the most optimal glazing agent for a product. These products range from things in the cosmetic, automobile and food industry.

  • Some of the characteristics that are looked for in all of the above industries are:

1. Preservation- It refers to the glazing agent to be able to protect the product from degrading and water loss. The characteristic can lead to a longer shelf life for a food or the longevity of a car without rusting.

2. Stability- It is important for the glazing agent itself to maintain its integrity if under any pressure or heat.

3. Uniform viscosity- This ensures for a stronger protective coating because it can be applied to the product as a homogeneous layer.

4. Industrial reproduction- This is important because most glazing agents are used on commercial goods and therefore large quantities of glazing agent may be needed.

There are different variations of glazing agents, depending on the product, but they are all designed for the same purpose.

Fruits were waxed to cause fermentation as early as the 12th or the 13th century; commercial producers began waxing citrus to extend shelf life in the 1920s and 1930s. Aesthetics—consumer preference for shiny fruit—has since become the main reason. 

In addition to fruit, some vegetables can usefully be waxed, such as cassava; vegetables commonly waxed include cucumbers, swedes or rutabagas and green tomatoes. A distinction may be made between storage wax, pack-out wax (for immediate sale) and high-shine wax (for optimum attractiveness)


Courtesy : Wikipedia and HoaxorFact

Must read Story : Mineral Water and Roasted Cockroach

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Whenever a waiter forces you to go for a bottled water in any restaurant, especially in India, please remember this story. Mineral water and Roasted Cockroach

LIMITED MEALSI was so hungry; lunch time, I entered just another restaurant you can find on a busy street of any Indian cities. I ordered for a typical South Indian Rice meal. Within minutes a plate of meals arrived with small Katoris (small steel bowls) filled with a variety of gravy and side dishes.

“Bon Appetit” eagerly I started mixing the rice with Sambar (default gravy served with rice) and started eating. My bad luck, it was very spicy. I searched for water and could not find it.

“Excuse me! Water!” waved my hands to a nearby waiter.

“Hey! Don’t you keep water first?” He yelled at another waiter who handled his table. The other guy rushed with a glass of water.

I was about to drink and it was so dirty! Some kind of oily stuffs floating on the surface of the water. I was puzzled to whether drink it or not. The waiter could see the question on my face “Sir, may I bring a water bottle?”

The chillies were doing the work, so I asked him to bring it faster. The waiter immediately brought a mineral water bottle from the counter and gave it. He took back the oily glass of water and kept it in a tray, shouting “Table no.7 one mineral water”.

I was then relaxed. I wondered why the waiter has not asked any apologies for serving me a dirty water or tried to bring another glass of clean water to drink. I followed the waiter’s ‘by then’ actions. The glass of water served to me was still there, ready to be served to a next person, it seems.

There came another victim from a gang of college students, asked for a glass of water. I was shocked with what happened next. The waiter served the same glass of water, what he tried to serve me earlier.

His gamble worked, a guy noticed it was dirty to drink and asked why it was like that and the waiter said “Sorry, may I give you some bottle water?” and the guys nodded. That’s sale no. 2 since my arrival. The dirty glass went back to the same place.

I understood that everything was a pure sales trick to force the customers to buy bottled water. Sadly, there are a few who chose to drink that dirty water, they might not have noticed or do not want to afford for a water bottle. In fact not everyone can afford a water bottle all the time.

“How can they cheat customers like this?” I decided to question the waiter or the restaurant owner about this. I could not eat any more and was about to leave the table to rebuke the restaurant people.

“Hey! Hey! Do not eat this meal… Look! There is a cockroach in the food!” One of the college guys screamed.

Soon the rest of other customers gathered around their table, so do I. The restaurant manager rushed there and asked apologies to the students after confirming the roasted Cockroach in the food.

The college guys have taken snaps of that and threatened to lodge a complaint against the restaurant, legally. The Manager pleaded for mercy as the other customers went furious. At last after his continuous begging for pardon, they warned him that it should not be repeated, else they will post the photos of the cockroach with the restaurant name on Facebook and take legal action. They asked the manager to give that commitment as a written letter to provide clean food and water. The manager agreed with no option.

They got the signature from the other customers, including me as a witness to this incident. Slowly the customers walked out without paying anything.

I walked along with the college guys.

“Hey guys, I was thinking that you too were fooled by the waiter, just like me, when he made you buy the mineral water. I thought of questioning that manager about the dirty water, but before that this cockroach thing popped up! Even the mineral water they sold to us was a part of their trick, you know that?”

“Well, you must be visiting this hotel for the first time :)” one guy smiled.

Another one continued “Yes, We are aware of that, how they sell the bottled water. As you said, it’s their trick. But what you think about our cockroach trick? 😉 Justice is served, right bro?” one of the guy winked at me.

“So you brought the cockroach purposefully!” I wowed. 

“Yeah, hereafter these restaurant guys will always have a fear to play their dirty tricks on people. If they repeat, we will send another bunch of guys with a rat 😛 :)”

I shared my card with them and they assured a Facebook ‘friend request’.

Well, that’s the story of Mineral water with roasted Cockroach. Do you wish to carry some roasted cockroaches? 😉

– Words by Din

Bottom line: Why this story is mainly because of forced selling of mineral/ bottled water. Slowly the public is made to forget that there exists something called good tap water to consume. Pathogens? Almost all can be killed by boiling the tap water. Packaged drinking water is mostly a myth, they buzz around safety concerns. When your region’s ground water is polluted by chemicals, then we are left with no choice than to consume specially treated mineral water, either homemade using purifiers or commercially sold mineral waters. But why to consume bottled water when there is a good fresh water available in our region?

Powerful Quote #109 : Unanimous Corporates

In a way all the Corporations are engaged only one business, manipulating the minds of the consumer to ensure the continuity of their profits. Sadly ethics are always next to profit for many corporations!

– Words by Din

Corpotaions

Know : Long list of Petroleum based Products

plasticThe environmental impact of petroleum has been often negative because it is toxic to almost all forms of life. The possibility of climate change exists. Petroleum, commonly referred to as oil, is closely linked to virtually all aspects of present society, especially for transportation and heating for both homes and for commercial activities. 

One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline/petrol. The rest (over half) is used to make things classified as follows (This is just a few of over 6000 items that are made of petroleum based products)

 

Agriculture

 Plastic Ties
 Row Cover
 Irrigation Piping
 Polyethylene
 Polypropylene
 Bags And Packaging
 Pesticides And Herbicides
 Food Preservatives
 Fertilizers

Clothing And Textiles

 Ballet Tights
 Nylon Cord
 Everything Polyester: Blouses, Pants, Pajamas Etc.
 Everything Permanent Press: Shirts, Dresses Etc.
 Beads
 Bracelets
 Pantyhose
 Nylon Zippers
 Plastic Hangers
 Purses
 Thongs And Flip Flops
 Earrings
 Ribbons
 Fake Fur
 Windbreakers
 Sandals
 Garment Bags
 Shoe Laces
 Rain Coats
 Iron-On Patches
 Sneakers
 Sweaters
 Sofa Pillow Material
 Tote Bags
 Umbrellas

Infants And Children

 Acrylic Toys
 Baby Oil
 Laundry Baskets
 Waterproof Pants
 Baby Aspirin
 Bath Soap
 Mittens
 Pacifiers
 Baby Blankets
 Bibs
 Rattles
 Doubleknit Shirts
 Baby Bottles
 Disposable Diapers
 Baby Shoes
 Teething Rings
 Nipples And Binkies
 Dolls
 Stuffed Animals
 Baby Lotion

Medical

 Allergy Medication
 Cotton-Tipped Swabs
 Inhalers
 Liquid Pepto-Bismol
 Aspirin
 First Aid Cream
 Lancets
 Pill Cases
 Band Aids
 First Aid Kits
 Latex Gloves
 Prescription Bottles
 Burn Lotion
 Glycerin
 Mosquito Spray
 Rubbing Alcohol
 Chap Stick
 Heart Valve Replacement
 Nasal Decongestant
 Surgical Tape
 Syringes
 Vaseline
 Antiseptics
 Hearing Aids
 Anesthetics
 Artificial Limbs
 Eyeglasses And Sunglasses
 Antihistamines
 Cortisone
 Vaporizers
 Denture Adhesives
 Laxatives
 Bactine
 Oxygen Masks
 Stethoscopes
 Prescription Glasses
 Cough Syrup
 Hearing Aids

Kitchen And Household

 Vinegar Bottles
 Egg Cartons
 Meat Trays
 Trash Bags
 Breadboxes
 Freezer Containers
 Melamine Dishware
 Tumblers
 Cake Decorations
 Jars
 Microwave Dishes
 Utensils
 Candles
 Freezer Bags
 Milk Jugs
 Vacuum Bottles
 Coasters
 Gelatin Molds
 Nylon Spatulas
 Wax Paper
 Coffee Pots
 Ice Cream Scoops
 Oven Bags
 Mops
 Drinking Cups
 Ice Trays
 Plastic Containers
 Fabric Softener
 Detergent Bottles
 Plastic Table Service
 Drain Stoppers
 Dish Drainers
 Lunch Boxes
 Pudding Molds
 Sponges
 Dish Scrubbers
 Brushes
 Baggies
 Drinking Straws
 Styrofoam
 Paper Cup Dispensers
 Measuring Cups
 Teflon Coated Pans
 Table Cloths
 Refrigerator Shelves

Beauty

 Cologne
 Hair Brushes
 Lipstick
 Permanent Wave Curlers
 Perfume
 Hair Color
 Mascara Petroleum Jelly
 Comb
 Foam Rubber Curlers
 Shampoo
 Contact Lenses And Cases
 Hair Spray
 Hand Lotion
 Shaving Foam
 Hair Dryers
 Shoe Inserts
 Dentures
 Body Lotion
 Face Masks
 Skin Cleanser
 Deodorants
 Moisturizing Cream
 Soap Holders
 Disposable Razors
 Leather Conditioner
 Mouthwash
 Sunglasses
 Facial Toner
 Lens Cleanser
 Nail Polish
 Sunscreen
 Tooth Brushes
 Toothpaste Tubes
 Vitamins
 Synthetic Wigs
 Bubble Bath
 Soap Capsules

Furnishings

 Carpet Padding
 Naugahyde
 Venetian Blinds
 TV Cabinets
 Extension Cords
 Picture Frames
 Flocked Wallpaper
 Shower Doors
 Formica
 Refrigerator Lining
 Vinyl Wallpaper
 Curtains
 Kitchen Carpet
 Shag Carpet
 Welcome Mats
 Fan Blades
 Lamps
 Shower Curtain
 Patio Furniture
 Swings
 Linoleum
 Upholstery
 Rugs

Building And Home

 Caulking Material
 Light Switch Plates
 Plungers
 Faucet Washers
 Clotheslines
 Measuring Tape
 Polyurethane Stain
 Water Pipes
 Electric Saws
 Paintbrushes
 Propane Bottles
 Wood Floor Cleaner/Wax
 Vinyl Electrical Tape
 Plastic Pipe
 Shingles (Asphalt)
 Light Panels
 Garden Hoses
 Plastic Wood Spackling Paste
 Awnings
 Glazing Compound
 Plexiglas
 Spray Paint
 Enamel
 Epoxy Paint
 Artificial Turf
 Folding Doors
 Floor Wax
 Glue
 House Paint
 Paint Rollers
 Toilet Seats
 Water Pipes
 Putty
 Solvents
 Roofing Material
 Plywood Adhesive
 Sockets
 Propane

Automotive

 Antifreeze
 Flat Tire Fix
 Street Paving (Asphalt)
 Car Battery Cases
 Coolant
 Motor Oil
 Tires
 Loud Speakers
 Bearing Grease
 Sports Car Bodies
 Traffic Cones
 Car Enamel
 Brake Fluid
 Dashboards
 Windshield Wipers
 Visors
 Car Sound Insulation
 Oil Filters
 Car Seats
 Convertible Tops
 Fan Belts
 Gasoline

Miscellaneous

 Ash Trays
 Dog Food Dishes
 Toolboxes
 Cds And Dvds
 Balloons
 Dog Leashes
 Tape Recorders
 Synthetic Rubber
 Bubble Gum
 Dog Toys
 Flashlights
 Nylon Ropes
 Bungee Straps
 Flight Bags
 Disposable Lighters
 Cassette Player
 Flea Collars
 Flutes
 Lighter Fluid
 Cigarette Cases
 Electric Blankets
 Tool Racks
 Name Tags
 Cigarette Filters
 Ammonia
 Newspaper Tubes
 Calibrated Containers
 Insect Repellent
 Phonograph Records (Vinyl)
 Crayons
 Ice Buckets
 Dyes
 Pillows
 Credit Cards
 Flashlights
 Fly Swatters
 Plastic Cup Holders
 Dice
 Movie And Camera Film
 K-Resin
 Rain Bonnets
 Luggage
 Video Cassettes
 Charcoal Lighter
 Rayon
 Safety Glasses, Gloves, Hats
 Shoe Polish
 Signs
 Cassette Tapes
 Toys
 Watch Bands
 Waterproof Boots
 Shopping Bags
 Bedspreads
 Checkbooks
 Covers
 Tobacco Pouches
 Clothes Hangers
 Flea Collars
 Flavors
 Masking Tape
 Safety Flares
 Flags
 Butane
Around The Office
 Ball Point Pens
 Diskettes
 Thermometer
 Ink
 Computers
 Business Card Holders
 Copiers
 Waste Baskets
 Calculators
 Printer Cartridges
 Microfilm
 Name Tags
 Binders
 Erasers
 Rulers
 Scotch Tape
 Magic Markers
 Telephones
Sports, Hobbies And Games
 Backpacks
 Fishing Lures
 Air Mattresses
 Cameras
 Beach Balls
 Fishing Poles
 Hang Gliders
 Vinyl Cases
 Footballs
 Glue Containers
 Puzzles
 Darts
 Frisbees
 Golf Ball And Golf Bags
 Shotgun Shells
 Ear Plugs
 Knitting Needles
 Waterproof Clothing
 Stadium Cushions
 Earphones
 Yarn
 Kites
 Tennis Racquets
 Fabric Dye
 Decoys
 Lifejackets
 Nylon Strings
 Face Protectors
 Volley Balls
 Model Cars
 Plastic Water Guns
 Fishing Bobbers
 Soccer Balls
 Oil Paints
 Parachutes
 Fishing Cylume
 Light Sticks
 Earphones
 Playing Cards
 Photographs
 Monofilament Fishing Lines
 Diving Boards
 Poker Chips
 Goggles
 Rollerskate And Skateboard Wheels
 Whistles
 Guitar Strings
 Picks
 Rafts
 Ice Chests
 Tents
 Sleeping Bags
 Pole Vaulting Poles
 Motorcycle Helmets
 Skis, Water Skis
 Rubber Cement
 Plastic Flowerpots
 Hot Tub Covers
 Sails
 Snorkels
 Monkey Bars
 Photo Albums
 Wet Suits
 Flippers
 Tennis Balls
 Boats
 Insulated Boots

 

Always check the ingredients and avoid them as much as possible. We will come up with more data and facts on this soon.

Courtesy and Source : Illinois Oil and Gas Association