How To Remove Preservatives From Fruits Naturally?

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Produce processors frequently spray fruits and vegetables with a fine film of approved wax, lacquer or resin coating. This improves their shell life by protecting them from dehydration and other hazards. It’s suggested to wash off these coatings under running cold water. Commercial produce rinses are available but they're no more effective than rinsing in cold water.


Preservatives is what fruits and vegetables selling companies use to make the same last longer and also to keep them from getting spoiled. In other words, preservatives do exactly what their name suggests.

Preservatives are commonly used in almost every industry from food, medications, cosmetics and other products and protect them from spoiling. However, these Preservatives are not considered healthy. Therefore, you may have to eliminate them from your diet if you have a reaction to a preservative. But how to eliminate preservatives from the fruits that we eat.

How To Eliminate Preservatives From The Fruits?

Knowing Bad Preservatives

If your doctor has told you to try to avoid preservatives, find out exactly what you have to avoid and ask about sample foods. While “eliminating preservatives” often refers to eliminating artificial preservatives, realize that salt, sugar and vinegar are preservatives too, and some preservatives you might consider artificial can occur in a natural form. Sulfites, for example, form naturally when grapes ferment into wine, and they can be present in balsamic and wine vinegars as well.

Coating On the Fruit

The skins of many fruits and vegetables produce a protective waxy layer to shield them from dehydration and other hazards. The champion is the Asian “fuzzy melon,” which produces a thick enough layer of wax to preserve the gourd for months. Ordinary cucumbers, melons and other fruits produce thinner waxy layers that rinse off as the fruits are cleaned for market. Produce processors frequently spray their fruits and vegetables with a fine film of approved wax, lacquer or resin coating to replace the natural protection they’ve lost. It’s therefore suggested to wash off these coatings before eating the produce.

Water Rinsing the Fruit

The FDA considers these aforementioned coatings to be safe for consumption, however removing them before using the produce is considered better. This has the additional benefit of removing the majority of micro-organisms that can cause food-borne illness. The FDA’s recommendation is to wash your hands thoroughly before beginning, then rinse your produce carefully under cool running water.

Important Note: A number of commercial produce rinses are available on the market for fruits and vegetables. The FDA advises against using them, since they’re no more effective than rinsing in water.


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Lucy Tignor
Lucy Tignor 5pts

I soak all my fruit and veges in a cold water With vinegar and salt for an hour then rinse. You will see how dirty the water look.

DeeBoney 5pts

So do I, also add a little bit of vinegar and lemon!

DeeBoney 5pts

I meant baking soda along with the vinegar!!!

Darshana Dave
Darshana Dave 5pts

This is a must,cause you do not know what you are eating! \U0001f44c

Cristina Latapi
Cristina Latapi 5pts

One way is to soak them in water with lime for 15 min an rinse

Kuhn Gudboy
Kuhn Gudboy 5pts

Yes there is a reason why FDA says to wash in running water

Vickey Brown
Vickey Brown 5pts

I remove some skin on some but wash all in vinegar

Kit Singh
Kit Singh 5pts

Cleaning with water good for fruits n vegetables

Teri Oleary
Teri Oleary 5pts

No point in blaming any one here as some of this is useful, Ayurveda try's to find helpful info for others and not everything will always be for every one\U0001f60a

Wendy Jean-Louis
Wendy Jean-Louis 5pts

how can you just wash away preservatives, when these fruits are grown with the preservatives? makes no sense to me

Rose Nitto-Gertz
Rose Nitto-Gertz 5pts

I do the same and they stay fresher longer plus you don't taste the vinegar. use organic white vinegar.

Lucia Fasano
Lucia Fasano 5pts

The fruit skin contains 80% of the nutrition.. Actually no point in eating an apple without the skin

Lola Ryland-Nelson
Lola Ryland-Nelson 5pts

I usually like your posts but, with all due respect, this one was just plain ignorant. So disappointed.

Lola Ryland-Nelson
Lola Ryland-Nelson 5pts

Really Ayurveda?????!!!! Have u been "drinking the Cool Aid" propaganda dished out by the FDA?! ( #1) First of all, DO YOUR HOMEWORK on pesticides! (#2) Go to EWG website for what veggies/fruit you should always bye organic & what ones are an except able risk... But, buy even those organic whenever possible! (#3) Wash your produce (even organic) well in a solution of either peroxide, white vinegar, or organic apple cider vinegar! Too many reasons to explain here but common sense should tell you why!!!

Ayurveda 5pts

and loose the vital nutes??

Lori Elisë
Lori Elisë 5pts

Ya but the pesticides are worse and all through the food.

David Otto Strøm
David Otto Strøm 5pts

3% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide. Removes every bad organism.

Puerto Rican Bhaiya
Puerto Rican Bhaiya 5pts

This has to be the stupidest article ever published about this issue. It's starts with the photo. By the looks of the photo, the fruits are NOT organic, which by now is the safest way to eat most of our fruits (and vegetables). Organic apples are not shinny. Grapes and strawberries are about the highest pesticide fruit crops in America. By the way, so are apples. The other irritating issue is the use of the FDA guidelines. Are you serious? Are you warning us about your credibility or the potential lack of it? I'm asking because for most of us informed readers the FDA is a very questionable institution! Third issue. Going back to the strawberries, it would be be noble on your part of you would have made it a point to clearly say that there's no way to remove pesticides from conventional strawberries because, because, because they are completely porous and that the delicious and healthy berry its rendered nutritionally useless because it is heavily pesticide and that outweighs the nutritional benefits (that its organically grown counterpart has in boundless measure)!

Tamara Monteilh
Tamara Monteilh 5pts

You can't,its in the fruits because the soil soaks it up. Very sad.

Maria Bastos
Maria Bastos 5pts

I wash all fruit and vegges in vinegar and water

Ln Jeffries
Ln Jeffries 5pts

cool water alone will not remove any wax? dumb article

Deborah Stephenson
Deborah Stephenson 5pts

Baking soda that I used does not have aluminum in it! I use aluminum free products. unfortunately everyone's not fortunate enough to have a water purifying system to clean their fruit with and vegetables with. My tap water unfortunately has many chemicals .

Joey Jilly
Joey Jilly 5pts

manohar is right only wash with water. i wash my fruit with alkaline water (pH 10.5) from a water ionizing machine and i do not have to worry about the aluminum in baking soda. an important step when cleaning fruits/vegetables is to have a clean towel to dry and rub off the wax/pesticides on the skin of whatever you eat.