3 Facts About Food Waxes

Posted: January 17, 2018

Did you know there are types of waxes used in many of your favorite foods? Wax can be used for protecting cheese, candy, fruit, vegetables and more to help preserve and give products a glossy polished look. Today we’re going to take a look at three facts about food waxes.

Food waxes

Wax is used on many popular foods, including cheeses, fruit snacks, Skittles, M&Ms, fruits, vegetables and more. This might sound strange at first, but there’s a good reason to use wax. Wax helps keep foods looking and tasting fresh. Wax is particularly useful for fruits like apples because it helps them retain moisture, enhances firmness and slows down the natural degradation process.

2. Types of Waxes And Their Uses

Paraffin Wax
Paraffin wax is derived from refining light to medium lubricating oil and is often nearly colorless and odorless. Paraffin wax is used to make fruits, vegetables and candy look shiny. Food-grade paraffin wax is composed of vegetable oils, palm oil derivatives, synthetic resins and other materials.

Carnauba Wax
Carnauba wax come comes from the leaves of the carnauba palm, which grows in northeastern Brazil. The wax is collected by beating the dried leaves to free the yellowish-to-brown wax coating. It is then refined and bleached before it’s used to give candy and fruit snacks their shiny appearance.

3. Why wax?

Wax is used to coat produce and other foods to help them last longer. Wax is used instead of other techniques because it is edible and safe for human consumption, according to the U.S. Food and Drug regulations for food additives.

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