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How to Deal With the Peel

Many of our favorite fruits and veggies have nutrient rich skins. Unfortunately, some conventional veggies are usually coated with wax.

The wax is used to increase the shelf life of the produce by preventing moisture loss, plus it protects them from bruising during the shipping process. The government does regulate the waxes used on food, but some of them may contain ingredients you don't necessarily want to put in your body like petroleum based solvent and wood rosins.

Organic produce is never waxed, so you can eat the skins of your organic fruits and veggies to your heart's content – after you wash them, of course! Here is a list of the most commonly waxed conventional produce:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Lemons (if you use the zest)
  • Potatoes

Fit's Tip: If you are curious about the produce wax, you should ask your grocer what kind of wax is used.


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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
If Veggie Wash is made up of natural ingredients, maybe it's possible to whip up a homemade version.
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 9 years
But, whenever I can I go organic, since they tend to last much longer than regular produce too!
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 9 years
Yeah, if you can't find/afford organic produce, Veggie Wash is a great alternative. It's basically citrus water and grapefruit seed extract, but it works to not only remove waxes, but pesticides, chemicals, and dirt (ew!)
yoda911 yoda911 9 years
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I hate that wax. Yay for non-waxed organic veggies!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow! I must have sub-concisiously known this because: I peel Apples I peel Eggplant I peel Cucumbers I peel most Potatoes I peel most Lemons
lovebug3 lovebug3 9 years
Buy fruit/vegetable wash that removes wax.
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