Ick! Wash Your Fruits & Veggies
Updated: Jul 20
I have recently become aware of the latest approach to the application of a chemical sprayed on grocery store fruits and vegetables and have started taking the ritual of cleansing my food much more seriously. You might want too as well!
For example, most people thought that the waxy appearance on cucumbers was likely a coating of bee's wax applied to preserve, to keep it fresh longer and to avoid mold. However, there is much more to the story than this.
Appel Science is a company that makes products which coat fruits and vegetables. On at least two occasions they received funding from the Bill and Melinda charity foundation and have been endorsed by the World Economic Forum. Previously, they produced an earlier product called Edinel for produce to "stay at peak freshness for longer". The question is what is in the formula that extends the shelf life of plants and fruits?
You might have already seen the sticker on your avocados, which reads “Apeel.” Stickers will soon appear on asparagus, citrus fruits, strawberries, and soon the label will appear on other produce and possibly organics.
Roger Apeel CEO says, “When we deposit them on a piece of produce and dries, the result is that we form this special structure, which is employed by longer shelf-life produce.” The substance builds a film that locks in moisture and renders oxygen. So Apeel has developed a substance which they either spray or dip on the fruit or vegetables that exploits the relationship between lipid molecules which mimics lipids molecules you find naturally. The film produces a special structure, a barrier which mimics the structure which is employed to lengthen shelf life in fruits and vegetables. To make a long story short, the overall rate of the chemical reactions happening in the produce slows down what is happening inside the produce itself.
Science calls this Amphiphilic liquid. This means that there is a combination of water loving and lipophilic (fat loving molecules) often called a surfactant, a main ingredient found in dishwashing soaps, and most shampoos and soaps. The membrane has a slippery component to it. The formulated nature determines the type and thickness of the membrane and can vary in its biological properties. Descriptions state that the solution may have antibacterial properties.
The different components in the formula are that the calculation of relative quantities of reactants create a composition that can vary according to the type of fruit or vegetable that is going to be sprayed or dipped in the solution however the ingredients are not posted. This process raises questions: Does the formulation gas off? Is the application applied over fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides? Does the consumer know how long the produce has been sitting out in the open for purchase? What is happening in the inside of the product once it has been sealed off with a membrane?
The creators of Amphiphilic liquid coating claim that it keeps your vegetables fresh by supercharging the defense that evolution created. Is there a cost to this innovation?
At the science labs at the Young Living facilities in Utah as they looked at organic and conventional food and the results became evident. It is not only the residue on produce from air pollutants from airplanes, industry, Chemtrails but also the activity in the fields from all the creatures, insects, animals passing through the fields. Food simply must be washed and washed well. Before Young Living made the Thieves fruit and vegetable soak, I would add drops of the Essential Oil of Lemon or Citrus Fresh to the water in a large metal bowl and leave produce the solution for two to five minutes. Now that the formulation of Thieves Soak with added essential oils to cover a wider spectrum of issues, the wash does a far better job. The vegetable soak safely removes dirt, residue, and other contaminants.
The formulation is organic, plant based and concentrated. Two teaspoons can be added to a gallon of purified water. Add enough water to a large bowl that will cover the produce. Add mixed solution. Soak lettuce for example for about two minutes, however more dense produce can soak for five minutes or more. Rinse and drain. Meat will take longer, at least eight minutes or so depending on the selection. Fish will take a shorter time compared to red flesh. The ultra concentrated formula can make up to sixteen gallons of vegetable soak.
Additionally, it’s good to have on hand the Thieves Fruit & Vegetable Spray – 20 ounces for travel or camping. Remove dirt. Spray produce and let sit for two minutes or more and then rinse well with drinking water. Do not expose the solution on vegetables to direct sunlight.
I am considering giving the Fruit and Vegetable soak as a gift to friends and family members to introduce them to a higher level of sanitation. This procedure should not be taken lightly. Once you see the residue at the bottom of the bowl or the color of the water, you will see what I mean. It is best to leave the aphids at the bottom of the bowl and not on your dinner plate!
Keep the solution away from little children.
Product is not approved by the FDA.
Suggestions are for Young Living pure organic essential oils only.
Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak Suggested Uses:
Add 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) for every gallon of water.
Completely cover produce.
Soak for 1–2 minutes.
Rinse with clean water.