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:

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 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:


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

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)



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

Clothing And Textiles

 Ballet Tights
 Nylon Cord
 Everything Polyester: Blouses, Pants, Pajamas Etc.
 Everything Permanent Press: Shirts, Dresses Etc.
 Nylon Zippers
 Plastic Hangers
 Thongs And Flip Flops
 Fake Fur
 Garment Bags
 Shoe Laces
 Rain Coats
 Iron-On Patches
 Sofa Pillow Material
 Tote Bags

Infants And Children

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


 Allergy Medication
 Cotton-Tipped Swabs
 Liquid Pepto-Bismol
 First Aid Cream
 Pill Cases
 Band Aids
 First Aid Kits
 Latex Gloves
 Prescription Bottles
 Burn Lotion
 Mosquito Spray
 Rubbing Alcohol
 Chap Stick
 Heart Valve Replacement
 Nasal Decongestant
 Surgical Tape
 Hearing Aids
 Artificial Limbs
 Eyeglasses And Sunglasses
 Denture Adhesives
 Oxygen Masks
 Prescription Glasses
 Cough Syrup
 Hearing Aids

Kitchen And Household

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


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


 Carpet Padding
 Venetian Blinds
 TV Cabinets
 Extension Cords
 Picture Frames
 Flocked Wallpaper
 Shower Doors
 Refrigerator Lining
 Vinyl Wallpaper
 Kitchen Carpet
 Shag Carpet
 Welcome Mats
 Fan Blades
 Shower Curtain
 Patio Furniture

Building And Home

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


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


 Ash Trays
 Dog Food Dishes
 Cds And Dvds
 Dog Leashes
 Tape Recorders
 Synthetic Rubber
 Bubble Gum
 Dog Toys
 Nylon Ropes
 Bungee Straps
 Flight Bags
 Disposable Lighters
 Cassette Player
 Flea Collars
 Lighter Fluid
 Cigarette Cases
 Electric Blankets
 Tool Racks
 Name Tags
 Cigarette Filters
 Newspaper Tubes
 Calibrated Containers
 Insect Repellent
 Phonograph Records (Vinyl)
 Ice Buckets
 Credit Cards
 Fly Swatters
 Plastic Cup Holders
 Movie And Camera Film
 Rain Bonnets
 Video Cassettes
 Charcoal Lighter
 Safety Glasses, Gloves, Hats
 Shoe Polish
 Cassette Tapes
 Watch Bands
 Waterproof Boots
 Shopping Bags
 Tobacco Pouches
 Clothes Hangers
 Flea Collars
 Masking Tape
 Safety Flares
Around The Office
 Ball Point Pens
 Business Card Holders
 Waste Baskets
 Printer Cartridges
 Name Tags
 Scotch Tape
 Magic Markers
Sports, Hobbies And Games
 Fishing Lures
 Air Mattresses
 Beach Balls
 Fishing Poles
 Hang Gliders
 Vinyl Cases
 Glue Containers
 Golf Ball And Golf Bags
 Shotgun Shells
 Ear Plugs
 Knitting Needles
 Waterproof Clothing
 Stadium Cushions
 Tennis Racquets
 Fabric Dye
 Nylon Strings
 Face Protectors
 Volley Balls
 Model Cars
 Plastic Water Guns
 Fishing Bobbers
 Soccer Balls
 Oil Paints
 Fishing Cylume
 Light Sticks
 Playing Cards
 Monofilament Fishing Lines
 Diving Boards
 Poker Chips
 Rollerskate And Skateboard Wheels
 Guitar Strings
 Ice Chests
 Sleeping Bags
 Pole Vaulting Poles
 Motorcycle Helmets
 Skis, Water Skis
 Rubber Cement
 Plastic Flowerpots
 Hot Tub Covers
 Monkey Bars
 Photo Albums
 Wet Suits
 Tennis Balls
 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