Fruit Waxing is the process of covering fruits and vegetables with artificial waxing material. Waxing materials may either be natural or petroleum-based.
The objective for waxing are to prevent water loss,retard shrinkage and spoilage to improve appearance. Dyes may be added to further enhance appearance and sometimes fungicides. Fruits were waxed to extend shelf life. In addition to fruit, some vegetables can usefully be waxed, such vegetables commonly waxed include cucumbers and green tomatoes.
Fruit wax is used as a preservative to keep apples, oranges, cucumbers, and other produce from going bad. Fruit Wax seals in moisture, and when you sell fruit in the off season you need to keep it fresh. Waxes also make fruit look more attractive. Wax creates a shine and protection from turning to brown. On average produce that’s been sprayed will have a 50% longer shelf life.
Health Risks From Eating Fruit Wax Coatings
There are so many arguments that it causes cancer because its contains some preservatives like dyes and pesticides. According to research it is advisable to scrub off the surface of the fruit before consumption.