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Many fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts and vegetables that you buy in super markets are covered with wax to keep them from rotting.

The Food and Drug administration reports that most waxes used to prolong the shelf life of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts and vegetables are safe and are made from wax and other oils extracted from plant leaves and wax made by the lace bug.

The Food and Drug Administration has also found that the commonly-used fungicides in waxes are also safe. The only reasonable concerns about these waxes comes from vegetarians and religious groups. Some waxes are made from beef tallow, which would offend Seventh-day Adventists who don't eat meat and many Orthodox Jews and Moslems who don't eat meat with dairy products, so they would have to avoid waxed fruits and vegetables when they use dairy products. American producers do not use waxes of animal origin, but many foreign shippers do.

Checked 5/3/07

June 1st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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