5 Toxic Heavy Metals Found in Apeel And What to Do About it
What’s Really in Apeel?
A Bill Gates-funded company is spraying our produce with a toxic substance called Apeel. It’s on even organic produce and you cannot wash it off.
Apeel is made from grapeseed but that’s not the whole truth. There are three petrochemical solvents involved in making the product, which are highly toxic, including toluene, which is in gasoline.
There are also 5 heavy metals in the product: palladium, arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury. Apeel Sciences applied to the FDA for their GRAS (or “generally regarded as safe”) notification, and were granted it based on the claim that “safe” levels of those substances are left on the food.
It’s never safe to ingest mercury or lead and these toxic substances accumulate in our bodies. They can also be in the air we breathe from air pollution and groundwater contamination.
How does the FDA know if eating one apple coated in Apeel is really safe? What if someone eats 20 servings of fruits and vegetables per day–how many toxic substances from the coating are they actually ingesting?
The coating is on the fruit or vegetable peel and that’s where most of the nutrient density is! I always leave the apple peel and lemon peel on for my green smoothies.
Even the banana peel goes in my blender because it’s a source of soluble fiber with many benefits, like stabilizing blood sugar and feeding healthy gut bacteria.
How Will I Know if My Produce Has Apeel on it?
Here’s what concerns me–produce doesn’t need to be labeled if it does have the Apeel or Edipeel coating on it.
So in some cases, we won’t even know if the produce we’re buying is coated in toxic petrochemicals and heavy metals. Imagine buying leafy greens, raspberries, and tomatoes and finding out they’re coated with Apeel. You can’t even peel those foods.
And the list of grocery stores carrying or about to carry produce sprayed with Apeel is growing. There are too many to list here. So what can you do? It’s not enough to boycott buying produce with Apeel on it, like most public figures are encouraging us to do. We have to do more than that.
Talk to the manager at the grocery store where you shop. Ask them if they carry produce with Apeel on it or if they plan to.
They may not even know what Apeel is and you might have to educate them on the topic. You may even want to share this article and the video with them.
Rally your friends and neighbors and encourage them to speak with the grocery store manager, as well. Talk to the managers in person, call them, keep being persistent and letting them know you will not shop there if they carry produce with Apeel on it.
Tell them the store will be losing you as a customer until they carry produce without a toxic coating sprayed on it. When enough people speak up with their dollars, the grocery stores will pay attention.
Tips to Avoid Apeel
One grocery store chain, Natural Grocers, recently released a statement saying that they will not carry produce with this toxic coating.
Now is a good time to be more food sovereign and grow as much as you can at home. I grow leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and more on my Lettuce Grow Farmstand. You can even get free seedlings with your order with the special offer I negotiated with them.
Everyone we know will be impacted by this so we must speak up and talk to our local grocers and grow or own healthy produce at home. We must keep Apeel out of our food supply so speaking up is a must.
Are you as concerned about Apeel as I am? Will you speak to your grocers about it? It’s going to take all of us, to solve this issue.
Robyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.
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