Q: “Is it safe to eat the wax on apples, or is it better to remove the skin?"
Audrey, via email
A: APD Jemma O’Hanlon responds:
“Apples are nutritional powerhouses, rich in vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre and phytonutrients, not to mention they’re low GI. Waxes have been used on fruits and vegies since the 1920s to make the fruit look shiny, fresh and attractive. Commercial waxes, based on a vegetable oil, are certified by government health departments around the world, so they have been subjected to rigorous health testing. It’s little to worry about when you consider 1kg of wax may cover over 300,000 apples. The antioxidant levels in an apple are most concentrated in the peel, too, making it one of the best parts. So keep the skin on always, and enjoy ‘an apple a day’!”