Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Is it safe to eat waxed Apples? Yes.|Major Misconceptions|Truth|Apple Wax in India

Is it safe to eat an Apple with wax coating? The answer is YES*. But it might not be YES always. There is nothing to panic if you find wax on Apples when you scratch with your nails, it is there for a purpose. Apple waxing is considered as a Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives. When I say “Good Manufacturing Practice”, I mean that it is an inevitable part of fruit processing. There are certain things that you need to know about Apple Wax before getting into wrong conclusions. If the wax treatment is as per permitted standards and residue is within the specified limits, intake of this wax does not cause any harm. Canauba wax is the most commonly used Apple wax used for waxing. It is a product extracted from certain kind of palm in Brazil.

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

What makes waxing necessary for Apples and other fruits?

If you didn’t know farm fresh apple has a natural layer of wax, which prevents it from drying and losing water. Artificial waxing is only a supplement, because this natural wax layer (protective layer of epicuticular wax) is lost during the intense washing and cleaning processes in the factory. And it is necessary to have this coating to prevent attacks from bugs and drying by losing water. Additionally, waxing apple gives a glossy touch to the apples, making it more appealing and tempting.

Wax treatment is a standard practice of processing fruits and vegetables since 1920. One pound of the wax can be used to process as may as 1,50,000 apples. To be more precise, this will leave only a residue of 2 drops per apple, which is literally nothing. I should add that the waxing method is Legal in all the developed countries like the U.S.A and Australia. Difference is only with the type of wax that are permitted to use. This method is also in practice for other fruits like Orange and vegetable like cucumber.

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple Wax Usage in India

India is one of the top 5 Apple producers in the World. So what does food safety authority of India (fssai) say about this?

“As per rule 48-E of the PFA Rules, 1955, fresh fruits and vegetables shall be free from rotting and also from coating of waxes, mineral oils and colours. However, there is provision for coating fresh fruits with food additive viz. bee wax (white / yellow) carnauba wax or shellac wax as glazing agent in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives under proper label declaration as defined in sub-rule (ZZZ) (24) of Rule 42. Bee wax (white and yellow) or carnauba wax or shellac wax are permitted to be used in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives”

Royal Gala Apple from India

Royal Gala Apple from India

Don’t go with the Misconception! Don’t peel the Apple

Most of us are under an impression that the wax on Apples are toxic chemicals and I’ve heard this theory a lot. I know lot of people who peel Apple before eating, especially for feeding kids, worrying about the wax coating. In that case you are trashing most of the fibers and nutrients in the Apple. Unless you are certain that the wax used doesn’t comply to the local food safety authority standards, it would be a big fallacy to peel the Apple before eating. Said that, don’t forget to wash it thoroughly before eating.

I believe that this post was able to clarify your misconceptions. Share this news to your loved ones and comment below if you have any queries.

[:HI]Is it safe to eat an Apple with wax coating? The answer is YES*. But it might not be YES always. There is nothing to panic if you find wax on Apples when you scratch with your nails, it is there for a purpose. Apple waxing is considered as a Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives. When I say “Good Manufacturing Practice”, I mean that it is an inevitable part of fruit processing. There are certain things that you need to know about Apple Wax before getting into wrong conclusions. If the wax treatment is as per permitted standards and residue is within the specified limits, intake of this wax does not cause any harm. Canauba wax is the most commonly used Apple wax used for waxing. It is a product extracted from certain kind of palm in Brazil.

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

What makes waxing necessary for Apples and other fruits?

If you didn’t know farm fresh apple has a natural layer of wax, which prevents it from drying and losing water. Artificial waxing is only a supplement, because this natural wax layer (protective layer of epicuticular wax) is lost during the intense washing and cleaning processes in the factory. And it is necessary to have this coating to prevent attacks from bugs and drying by losing water. Additionally, waxing apple gives a glossy touch to the apples, making it more appealing and tempting.

Wax treatment is a standard practice of processing fruits and vegetables since 1920. One pound of the wax can be used to process as may as 1,50,000 apples. To be more precise, this will leave only a residue of 2 drops per apple, which is literally nothing. I should add that the waxing method is Legal in all the developed countries like the U.S.A and Australia. Difference is only with the type of wax that are permitted to use. This method is also in practice for other fruits like Orange and vegetable like cucumber.

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple Wax Usage in India

India is one of the top 5 Apple producers in the World. So what does food safety authority of India (fssai) say about this?

“As per rule 48-E of the PFA Rules, 1955, fresh fruits and vegetables shall be free from rotting and also from coating of waxes, mineral oils and colours. However, there is provision for coating fresh fruits with food additive viz. bee wax (white / yellow) carnauba wax or shellac wax as glazing agent in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives under proper label declaration as defined in sub-rule (ZZZ) (24) of Rule 42. Bee wax (white and yellow) or carnauba wax or shellac wax are permitted to be used in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives”

Royal Gala Apple from India

Royal Gala Apple from India

Don’t go with the Misconception! Don’t peel the Apple

Most of us are under an impression that the wax on Apples are toxic chemicals and I’ve heard this theory a lot. I know lot of people who peel Apple before eating, especially for feeding kids, worrying about the wax coating. In that case you are trashing most of the fibers and nutrients in the Apple. Unless you are certain that the wax used doesn’t comply to the local food safety authority standards, it would be a big fallacy to peel the Apple before eating. Said that, don’t forget to wash it thoroughly before eating.

I believe that this post was able to clarify your misconceptions. Share this news to your loved ones and comment below if you have any queries.

[:de]Is it safe to eat an Apple with wax coating? The answer is YES*. But it might not be YES always. There is nothing to panic if you find wax on Apples when you scratch with your nails, it is there for a purpose. Apple waxing is considered as a Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives. When I say “Good Manufacturing Practice”, I mean that it is an inevitable part of fruit processing. There are certain things that you need to know about Apple Wax before getting into wrong conclusions. If the wax treatment is as per permitted standards and residue is within the specified limits, intake of this wax does not cause any harm. Canauba wax is the most commonly used Apple wax used for waxing. It is a product extracted from certain kind of palm in Brazil.

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

Assorted Apple, Apple Wax is Visible

What makes waxing necessary for Apples and other fruits?

If you didn’t know farm fresh apple has a natural layer of wax, which prevents it from drying and losing water. Artificial waxing is only a supplement, because this natural wax layer (protective layer of epicuticular wax) is lost during the intense washing and cleaning processes in the factory. And it is necessary to have this coating to prevent attacks from bugs and drying by losing water. Additionally, waxing apple gives a glossy touch to the apples, making it more appealing and tempting.

Wax treatment is a standard practice of processing fruits and vegetables since 1920. One pound of the wax can be used to process as may as 1,50,000 apples. To be more precise, this will leave only a residue of 2 drops per apple, which is literally nothing. I should add that the waxing method is Legal in all the developed countries like the U.S.A and Australia. Difference is only with the type of wax that are permitted to use. This method is also in practice for other fruits like Orange and vegetable like cucumber.

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple without Wax Coating

Apple Wax Usage in India

India is one of the top 5 Apple producers in the World. So what does food safety authority of India (fssai) say about this?

“As per rule 48-E of the PFA Rules, 1955, fresh fruits and vegetables shall be free from rotting and also from coating of waxes, mineral oils and colours. However, there is provision for coating fresh fruits with food additive viz. bee wax (white / yellow) carnauba wax or shellac wax as glazing agent in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives under proper label declaration as defined in sub-rule (ZZZ) (24) of Rule 42. Bee wax (white and yellow) or carnauba wax or shellac wax are permitted to be used in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practice for use of food additives”

Royal Gala Apple from India

Royal Gala Apple from India

Don’t go with the Misconception! Don’t peel the Apple

Most of us are under an impression that the wax on Apples are toxic chemicals and I’ve heard this theory a lot. I know lot of people who peel Apple before eating, especially for feeding kids, worrying about the wax coating. In that case you are trashing most of the fibers and nutrients in the Apple. Unless you are certain that the wax used doesn’t comply to the local food safety authority standards, it would be a big fallacy to peel the Apple before eating. Said that, don’t forget to wash it thoroughly before eating.

I believe that this post was able to clarify your misconceptions. Share this news to your loved ones and comment below if you have any queries.

Faucet with Water Filer at Tip

3 Easy Steps to Repair Low Water-flow in Faucets Yourself | DIY |How To

[:en]Hardness in the water leaves mineral deposits in faucet filters and aerators reducing the water flow. These scales or clogs increases with time blocking the water flow completely.”

Causes of reduced Pressure in Faucets

If you are living in a metro or if you are dependent on bore wells for your water needs, there is an elevated probability that the water flowing through your plumbing system is “Hard-water“. Hardness in water is caused due to dissolved minerals. Hardness can be classified as temporary hardness or permanent hardness depending on the type of dissolved minerals. Hardness in water is considered as a major cause of corrosion in pipe lines and plumbing fixtures.

Flow Pressure through tap Before & After Fixing

Flow Pressure through tap Before & After Fixing

Enough of theory, let me focus on one of the most common issue caused by hard-water, “Clogging in Taps or Faucets“. Most of the faucets available in the market have removable filters (see image below) at the tip. These filters are provided either to work as aerators (a mechanism to add air bubbles in low-flow faucets) or to filter out dirt and debris in water. Hardness in the water causes scale formations which sediment on the pipe walls. When water flows through the pipe, scales are carried along with the flowing water and deposited in these filters at the outlet of faucets.

Faucet with Water Filer at Tip

Faucet with Water Filter at Tip

This sedimentation leads to reduced discharge from taps which is very irritating. If the pressure of water flow from your faucet reduces over time and you have a faucet with filter mechanism you can confirm that water hardness is the villain. Follow these steps to fix it.

Step 1

First step is to identify the type of faucet that you have. Most of the taps with filter will have a notch or groove at the tip, as you see in the image above. If you can find it, it is definite that the aerator/filter is removable. You can remove the filter with your bare hands by turning it in anti-clockwise direction. If the fitting is too old, it might be too hard to open it with your bare hands. If that is the case, you can use a spanner (usually #20) to open it, holding against the notch. Be careful not to leave any scratch on the tap. Keeping cloth while opening is a good practice.

Removing Faucet or Tap Filter

Removing Faucet or Tap Filter

Step 2

Shocked seeing the amount of dirt? Removed filter might look like the one shown in the image below or worse. You can see thick scales and dirt deposited in the filter. Clean it thoroughly under running water. You can use your old toothbrush to scrub the hard deposits.

Salt or Mineral Deposits in Faucet Filter

Salt or Mineral Deposits in Faucet Filter

Step 3

After cleaning the deposits, your aerator should look like this. Now you can put this back in-place buy turning the filter clockwise direction. Tighten it just enough avoid water dripping from the sides of the filter. Feel the thread while you do this. Don’t hesitate to remove and put it back if you feel that the thread is not correct. You will have to repeat this process once in two months or maybe more frequently depending on the quality of supply water. I hope this post was useful and won’t call your plumber next time to fix this silly issue.

Fauced Filter after Cleaning

Faucet Filter after Cleaning

Check the flow now. I’m sure that the pressure has almost doubled now. Congo! you have done it. Do share, comment and like the post if this was useful.

3 Easy Steps to Repair Low Water Pressure in Taps Yourself | DIY |How To

High Pressure Flow through tap

High Pressure Flow through tap

 [:HI]Hardness in the water leaves mineral deposits in faucet filters and aerators reducing the water flow. These scales or clogs increases with time blocking the water flow completely.”

Causes of reduced Pressure in Faucets

Flow Pressure through tap Before & After Fixing

Flow Pressure through tap Before & After Fixing

If you are living in a metro or if you are dependent on bore wells for your water needs, there is an elevated probability that the water flowing through your plumbing system is “Hard-water“. Hardness in water is caused due to dissolved minerals. Hardness can be classified as temporary hardness or permanent hardness depending on the type of dissolved minerals. Hardness in water is considered as a major cause of corrosion in pipe lines and plumbing fixtures.

Enough of theory, let me focus on one of the most common issue caused by hard-water, “Clogging in Taps or Faucets“. Most of the faucets available in the market have removable filters (see image below) at the tip. These filters are provided either to work as aerators (a mechanism to add air bubbles in low-flow faucets) or to filter out dirt and debris in water. Hardness in the water causes scale formations which sediment on the pipe walls. When water flows through the pipe, scales are carried along with the flowing water and deposited in these filters at the outlet of faucets.

Faucet with Water Filer at Tip

Faucet with Water Filter at Tip

This sedimentation leads to reduced discharge from taps which is very irritating. If the pressure of water flow from your faucet reduces over time and you have a faucet with filter mechanism you can confirm that water hardness is the villain. Follow these steps to fix it.

Step 1

First step is to identify the type of faucet that you have. Most of the taps with filter will have a notch or groove at the tip, as you see in the image above. If you can find it, it is definite that the aerator/filter is removable. You can remove the filter with your bare hands by turning it in anti-clockwise direction. If the fitting is too old, it might be too hard to open it with your bare hands. If that is the case, you can use a spanner (usually #20) to open it, holding against the notch. Be careful not to leave any scratch on the tap. Keeping cloth while opening is a good practice.

Removing Faucet or Tap Filter

Removing Faucet or Tap Filter

Step 2

Shocked seeing the amount of dirt? Removed filter might look like the one shown in the image below or worse. You can see thick scales and dirt deposited in the filter. Clean it thoroughly under running water. You can use your old toothbrush to scrub the hard deposits.

Salt or Mineral Deposits in Faucet Filter

Salt or Mineral Deposits in Faucet Filter

Step 3

After cleaning the deposits, your aerator should look like this. Now you can put this back in-place buy turning the filter clockwise direction. Tighten it just enough avoid water dripping from the sides of the filter. Feel the thread while you do this. Don’t hesitate to remove and put it back if you feel that the thread is not correct. You will have to repeat this process once in two months or maybe more frequently depending on the quality of supply water. I hope this post was useful and won’t call your plumber next time to fix this silly issue.

Fauced Filter after Cleaning

Faucet Filter after Cleaning

Check the flow now. I’m sure that the pressure has almost doubled now. Congo! you have done it. Do share, comment and like the post if this was useful.

3 Easy Steps to Repair Low Water Pressure in Taps Yourself | DIY |How To

High Pressure Flow through tap

High Pressure Flow through tap

 [:de]Hardness in the water leaves mineral deposits in faucet filters and aerators reducing the water flow. These scales or clogs increases with time blocking the water flow completely.”

Causes of reduced Pressure in Faucets

Flow Pressure through tap Before & After Fixing

Flow Pressure through tap Before & After Fixing

If you are living in a metro or if you are dependent on bore wells for your water needs, there is an elevated probability that the water flowing through your plumbing system is “Hard-water“. Hardness in water is caused due to dissolved minerals. Hardness can be classified as temporary hardness or permanent hardness depending on the type of dissolved minerals. Hardness in water is considered as a major cause of corrosion in pipe lines and plumbing fixtures.

Enough of theory, let me focus on one of the most common issue caused by hard-water, “Clogging in Taps or Faucets“. Most of the faucets available in the market have removable filters (see image below) at the tip. These filters are provided either to work as aerators (a mechanism to add air bubbles in low-flow faucets) or to filter out dirt and debris in water. Hardness in the water causes scale formations which sediment on the pipe walls. When water flows through the pipe, scales are carried along with the flowing water and deposited in these filters at the outlet of faucets.

Faucet with Water Filer at Tip

Faucet with Water Filter at Tip

This sedimentation leads to reduced discharge from taps which is very irritating. If the pressure of water flow from your faucet reduces over time and you have a faucet with filter mechanism you can confirm that water hardness is the villain. Follow these steps to fix it.

Step 1

First step is to identify the type of faucet that you have. Most of the taps with filter will have a notch or groove at the tip, as you see in the image above. If you can find it, it is definite that the aerator/filter is removable. You can remove the filter with your bare hands by turning it in anti-clockwise direction. If the fitting is too old, it might be too hard to open it with your bare hands. If that is the case, you can use a spanner (usually #20) to open it, holding against the notch. Be careful not to leave any scratch on the tap. Keeping cloth while opening is a good practice.

Removing Faucet or Tap Filter

Removing Faucet or Tap Filter

Step 2

Shocked seeing the amount of dirt? Removed filter might look like the one shown in the image below or worse. You can see thick scales and dirt deposited in the filter. Clean it thoroughly under running water. You can use your old toothbrush to scrub the hard deposits.

Salt or Mineral Deposits in Faucet Filter

Salt or Mineral Deposits in Faucet Filter

Step 3

After cleaning the deposits, your aerator should look like this. Now you can put this back in-place buy turning the filter clockwise direction. Tighten it just enough avoid water dripping from the sides of the filter. Feel the thread while you do this. Don’t hesitate to remove and put it back if you feel that the thread is not correct. You will have to repeat this process once in two months or maybe more frequently depending on the quality of supply water. I hope this post was useful and won’t call your plumber next time to fix this silly issue.

Fauced Filter after Cleaning

Faucet Filter after Cleaning

Check the flow now. I’m sure that the pressure has almost doubled now. Congo! you have done it. Do share, comment and like the post if this was useful.

3 Easy Steps to Repair Low Water Pressure in Taps Yourself | DIY |How To

High Pressure Flow through tap

High Pressure Flow through tap

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Gel type Car Air-Fresheners

Why You Should NOT Use Car Air Freshener | Symptoms | Alternatives

“Headache is only one of the ill effects of using car air freshener. It can causes irritability, anxiety, fatigue, respiratory problems, irritation or itching in eyes, asthma, dizziness and other seemingly nonspecific symptoms.”

The Incident

If you have a car the first add-on that you would buy would be an Air Freshener. In fact Car Air Freshener is one of the best selling car accessory worldwide. There are obvious reasons for this, one of them would be nothing but, it keeps your car fresh. When I bought my first car I had spent almost a week online, reading user review, to select the best car air-freshener which suits my taste. I’m sure you also might have come across this dilemma “finding The Best Fragrance that suits you”. Finally, I ended up buying one from the local market, it was an Orange flavor. But I never knew what are the ill effects of keeping a car freshener. Let me share my experience with you.

Liquid type Automobile Air-Freshener

Liquid type Automobile Air-Freshener – Hidden Hazards

I use my car everyday and spend about an hour daily, driving to and fro office and prefer to drive all windows up and with Air Condition (AC) ON, while driving through one one of the dust & sound free cities of India, if you know what I mean. Now I have my New Orange Freshener on and I’m enjoying the aroma. In a week time, I started experiencing strong headaches and I couldn’t figure out why. Firstly, I thought it is the dehydration which is troubling me and i had increased by water intake. Then I came across this conversation with one of my friends, who had similar issue and he had figured out the reason. He said it is the car air-freshener, and that is when I realized that I get headaches only while or after driving. I couldn’t digest this completely, so I  gave a try removing the air-freshener and guess what, it turned out true in my case as well. It was “The Car Air freshener”.

The Theory

I don’t argue that this is the only reason why you get head ache wile driving. But it can be one and you won’t know until you try and see. OK, so I found the cause, now I was after the reason. Headache is only one of the ill effects of using air freshener. It can causes irritability, anxiety, fatigue, respiratory problems, irritation or itching in eyes, asthma, dizziness and other seemingly nonspecific symptoms. All of us expect our car to smell good. What we don’t understand or try to understand is that all these are fresheners are synthetic or chemical based. If you think that your car air freshener actually cleans up the air inside, you are wrong. It just cover up the odors.  There are lots of automobile Air-freshers available in the market, commonly gel type, spray type, vent clip type, hanging type and so on, again all of these in infinite type of flavors the one I had was gel based.

Gel type Car Air-Fresheners

Gel type Car Air-Fresheners

So this is the theory behind. Korean researchers found that the emissions from automobile air fresheners contains common air freshener chemicals alphapinene, beta-pinene, p-cymene and limonene. When these chemicals are subjected to ozone-initiated oxidation, highly toxic compounds are formed. Moreover,  it was observed that the irritating ultra-fine particles and gaseous compounds, including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, acetone, and propionaldehyde are formed in these reactions. As a matter of fact, small children and pets are most affected by these compounds.

If you have similar experiences, I would urge you to try and check if this is the reason behind the discomfort, especially if you have the habit of driving with windows sealed.

Alternatives and Solutions – Car Air Freshener

Now the question is what are the alternatives to keep my car fresh. It is simple, always keep your car clean instead of trying to cover-up something stinky. If you are a smoker, maybe you can stop smoking inside your car. Now if you are particular about having an aroma in your car, try some of these natural alternatives.

  • Do you like coffee? If you do, fill up a cloth bag with dried coffee beans and hang it in your car. Sounds refreshing ? You also try with partially crush beans if you want a stronger scent.
Coffee Beans Air Freshener

Coffee Beans Air Freshener

  • Vanilla beans is another option that you should. Dried beans are easily available in market. Wrap it up in a cloth or put in a small jar and cover the lid with a thin cloth. Most of you will like this because it is not strong and vanilla smells pleasing.
Vanilla Beans air freshener

Vanilla Beans air freshener

  • I still remember one of my uncles used to have a pot filled up with spices, mainly cardamom and cloves, in his car. Find the spice that suits you and try my uncles idea. Cinnamon would be my personal choice. Maybe you can pickup one and freshen your mouth as well :p.
  • If you are blessed to stay in a place which is not dusty or polluted, often open your windows and let the fresh air in.
  • Keep natural flowers in the car if it not allergic to you.
  • Cinnamon sticks, Pinecones and essential oils can make a good car air freshener.
  • Do you have some other ideas coming up in your mind? Feel free to comment those below.
  • If you cannot avoid it, buy only genuine products and always read the composition before buying, maybe that can stop you from buying.

Car Air-Freshener Incidents and Confessions

“I hate most of these Car perfumes – makes my head spin – especially xxxxxxx. And in any case, with the revelation in this thread – I think it was good that I never bought one. “

“I got xxxx just once but started getting those burns in the eyes while driving.”

“I completely got rid of perfumes in the car after my baby was born. I found them to be very strong and was concerned about the ingredients in these perfumes. Especially with xxxxx it used to be so strong, that it used to give me a headache. If it does that to plastic, wonder what it does when inhaled over a period of time. There should be toxic testing on these products.”

“My dad has the same problem with xxxx, He has thrown away the xxxx perfumes from our cars saying it irritates his eyes and the smell always gave him a headache. I used to think he was just making up some reason to get rid of it but now I see what he meant.”