Friday, December 11, 2009

Not even apples are safe.

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I ate an apple the other day and had a pretty bad reaction to it. At first I thought that it was just because of the sugars, or too much fiber in the skin. Because when you have Crohn's, you are supposed to avoid indigestible foods, like apple skins. And too much fructose can cause a flare. But I wanted the darn apple. The funny thing is, I don't always react to apples. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Strange huh? Later in the day I'm reading through my blog reader and I come across this post by Dr. Wangen about the wax coating that is put on apples to give them shine before they go to the grocery store. This wax coating can be made of a few different sources, one of which is milk protein. Did you get all that? Let me break it down for you...

THERE IS CASEIN ON MY APPLES.

I am casein intolerant. WHY is their casein on my apples??? You think when you're buying fruit that you're doing your body good. Little did you know...

Thankfully organic apples do not have any synthetic coating, if they look or feel waxy, it's simply the natural wax produced by the apples themselves. Just another reason to go completely organic I guess! Boy was I blown away by this.

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6 comments:

Karen said...
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Karen said...

We usually buy organic apples. Ontario apples are usually casein free. If Canadian labelling law goes through then bagged apples will have to lable milk but not loose apples. waxed apples can also contain corn or soy.

Jen said...

Karen thanks for the info, I knew before that non-organic produce was probably loaded with pesticides and chemicals but now that I have this actual proof it really hits it home for me. So frustrating.

sallybranwyn said...

Are you kidding me? I wonder if the wax can contain gluten...I always get rather nervous eating non-organic apple-skin, but I do it anyway in a rush. Gross!

Liz said...

NO WAY! UGHHHHH. I actually avoid apples (unless peeled and cooked) because my tongue and mouth gets itchy (it happens to my sister too).

Grr.

Anonymous said...

OH geez! That explains so much. I too would sometimes react to apples, and other times they'd be fine. I thought it was pesticides or something, but this makes even more sense given I have a dairy allergy. MOST frustrating. I never even thought there might be milk on my apple!!!