1. Apeel and Organipeel are the new invisible coating that is quietly being sprayed on your food.
2. Navigate through the science and misinformation for the sake of your health.
3. Learn how to request clear info about ingredients you consume, even those you’re unaware of.
Around the country, on both organic and conventionally grown foods, you may be seeing the new fruit and vegetable sticker alert “Apeel or Organipeel” that is being marketed as a “protective coating” with claims to be the future of “fresh.”
Our research shows the individuals who are investing millions of dollars into Apeel Sciences are none other than “The Good Club.” Figures like Bill Gates, Katy Perry, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, Anne and Susan Wojcicki, and the Rockefeller Foundation, to name just a few, have poured millions of dollars into ‘Apeel Sciences,’ a company waging a new chemical war on our food. Spreading awareness is the only way to ensure you are empowered to make informed choices. (1)
James Rogers, Ph.D., the founder of Apeel, claims Apeel is a groundbreaking solution to combat world hunger, reduce food waste, and promote environmental sustainability by eliminating plastic wraps on your fresh grocery items. At first glance, it seems like a cause for celebration; however, this picturesque analogy is far from the truth, and your health is at stake.
We live in a culture that criticizes natural aging while idealizing perfection. Your fresh organic produce is at risk of becoming another chemical-laden food product. The question is, are you willing to sacrifice your health to extend the longevity of your apples, lemons, avocados, and more?
In this article, we will break down some of the basics of Apeel and Organipeel, and from there, you can make a well-informed, health-conscious decision to say “yes” or “no.”noe
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In today’s global environment, no one can argue that there is enormous food waste. However, this is not because there isn’t enough food to feed the world. Instead, society is conditioned to find food items at their peak of perfection and ripeness year-round, and this is part of the challenge. One company, “Apeel Technology, Inc.” (d.b.a. Apeel Sciences, which also goes by the names Edipeel, Apeel, and Organipeel), claims to have a solution that involves spraying your food with another chemically engineered product marketed under the pretext of “natural and environmentally safe.”
Taken from Apeel’s website:
“Apeel keeps produce fresh for longer thanks to the help of a little extra ‘peel.’ Our plant-based protection slows water loss and oxidation, the primary causes of spoilage… Apeel is composed entirely of purified monoglycerides and diglycerides, edible compounds that can be found in a variety of foods. They are safe to eat as verified by regulatory authorities worldwide, including Health Canada, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). They are so safe they can be found in products for the most sensitive populations, including infant formula and nutrition shakes for the elderly.”
Before we get into some of the science and half-truths utilized to market this product, The Organic Consumers Association published a two-minute video in May 2023 on “How did Apeel get into USDA Organic?” The description reads:
“Apeel, a mysterious Bill Gates and World Economic Forum-backed food coating that makes rotting produce appear fresh, has been approved for use on USDA Organic produce under the name Organipeel.” The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) gave it the green light, presumably based on citric acid being the active ingredient.
According to OMRI, citric acid, a non-organic ingredient, has been approved and utilized on organic foods since 2015, as long as it isn’t synthetic. However, we have learned that citric acid in Organipeel accounts for only 0.66 percent of the formulation! The question is, What’s in the remaining 99.44 percent of Organipeel? (2)
Another loophole utilized for the sake of profit is the fact that, based on Apeel’s website, Organipeel is clearly marketed as a “protective cuticle” formed by a combination of fatty acids. Per OMRI’s policy, any product listed as a food coating on organic foods needs to contain only ingredients that are not restricted to the USDA National List.
Here is where it gets into the loophole: glycerides are on the National List as a restricted product; however, Organipeel was not reviewed for anything other than a fungicide. This product has been slipped into our organic food supply without the proper due diligence or oversight.
Mono-, di- and triglycerides are forms of fat classified as either saturated or unsaturated. Both mono- and diglycerides are often extracted from plant and animal sources and are commonly used as a food additive to emulsify, improve the texture and prolong the shelf life of processed and ultra-processed foods such as baked goods, margarine, mayonnaise, ice cream, nut butters, frozen food, and processed meat products. Several studies have found links between processed foods that utilize emulsifiers to various forms of cancer, as well as heart disease and diabetes. (3)
It is important to mention that mono- and diglycerides when ingested, enter the bloodstream and are converted to triglycerides. In addition, they also contain trans fat. Another loophole utilized by Apeel’s full disclosure is that mono- and diglycerides are classified as emulsifiers, not lipids, in their application. According to the FDA, trans-fat cannot be added to foods; however, if labeled as an emulsifier, this ban does not apply. (4)
Research clearly states that high levels of triglycerides contribute to the hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), which increases your risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and pancreatitis. (5) (6)
Apeel’s “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) Application states they use grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oils are considered high in polyunsaturated fats (Omega 3 & Omega 6). While we all need omega-6 to survive and thrive, the ratio of omega 3 (anti-inflammatory) to omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) must be optimized to promote good health.
An important note to consider is that using mono- and diglycerides derived from grapeseed oil through chemical and solvent extraction is exempt from the requirement of premarket approval or long-term studies and health effects. In its natural state, grapeseed oil does provide some health benefits. However, when used excessively and not in its natural form, it has been associated with an increase in diabetes, cancer, and other chronic health conditions. (7) (8) (9) (10)
Additionally, Apeel products, made entirely of mono- and diglycerides, are also known as the food additive (emulsifier) E 471 or INS 471, which are widely used in industrially processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf-life. Despite approval from the FDA, WHO, and other institutions, research clearly shows these and other emulsifiers are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, disruption of good gut bacteria, and increased inflammatory conditions. (7) (11) (12)(13)
Although food coatings are not a new concept, individuals have relied on organic foods as a safe haven. The fact that Apeel glycerides, regardless of the amount, are used to coat our fresh produce should be a significant concern to anyone who suffers from inflammatory conditions and allergies as everything adds up and can trigger the body’s innate immune and inflammatory responses.
Apeel claims it is made from natural plant extracts and is a natural, invisible, edible, plant-based alternative to fungicides, waxes, and chemical preservatives. However, based on research, this is only a half-truth because Apeel’s formulation is produced using chemical extractions and solvents such as ethyl acetate and heptane, as well as other techniques they are not transparent about. This is a major component of understanding what’s in this product and how it impacts our health. (7)
While Apeel claims to be completely safe, non-toxic, and even tests for heavy metals, it’s important to note that according to Apeel’s GRAS Notice by the FDA, its edible coatings may have residues including ethyl acetate, heptane, palladium, arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. However, Apeel can say their product is “safe” as the FDA concluded that the residues of these substances were “below” their required limits. (14)
This comes directly from the FDA Papers about ‘Apeel’ (Link Below to Full Document)
For further investigation, here is the FDA document for ‘Apeel’: https://www.fda.gov/media/135999/download.
Countries selling produce coated with Apeel include the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Norway, China, Australia, South Africa, Poland, and Japan.
The list of growers and grocery stores utilizing Apeel is dynamic and continually changing as more consumers and companies are fighting back. MyHealthForward.com has compiled an updated list as of 10/6/23, which reflects the disclosures and policies of some growers and grocery retailers on selling produce treated with Apeel’s Edipeel or Organipeel food coatings. It is recommended that you confirm these findings with your local stores, as they tend to differ from state to state.
As of this writing, stores known to have or are carrying ‘Apeel’ sprayed products include:
*Costco *Trader Joe’s *Fairway Market *Ralphs *Sprouts *Vons *Walmart *Whole Foods *Kroger *Harps Foods *Price Right *Target Moms
Apeel has secured the following partnerships: *This is a partial list
*Limoneira *Nature’s Pride *Sage Fruit Co. *Del Monte *Eco Farms *Del Rey *Horton Fruit Co. *RV Aquacades *Alpine Fresh *Beta *Farm Direct Supply *La Venta *Stemilt *Sicar Farms
This “peel” cannot be washed off.
While it may be a challenge to navigate through the science to decipher if this product is an option for you, perhaps you’d be willing to consider a few things before making your decision. The Voice For Advocacy created a list of questions:
Given everything else Bill Gates and the World Economic Forum expect us to swallow or inject, our safety is a concern.
Our conclusion is that Apeel carries the same health problems as similar preservatives commonly used to extend the shelf-life of ultra-processed food. On that basis alone, we advise avoiding Apeel, Organipeel, and Edipeel products.
Here are some additional questions for you to consider:
In today’s world, we face exposure to various environmental toxins through air, water, food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and household cleaners. To protect your health, prioritize choosing natural and unaltered options whenever possible.
Regarding food, seek out local organic farmers or engage with your local grocers to ensure you get clean produce. It’s clear that companies like Apeel Sciences utilize half-truths and marketing tactics purely for profit without concern for long-term health effects or the environment.
Remember, as a consumer, you have the right to say NO. Your voice matters, and therefore, boycotting companies that are compromising our food supply and health is crucial if we are to ensure the safety of our organic food supply. This is an excellent reminder that now is an ideal time to take charge of what you eat! Consider growing your own food, or if that is not an option, GET INVOLVED by supporting your local farmers.
“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in our hands to make a difference.” ~Nelson Mandela~
To Your Good Health!
M. Moriah Mor, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, is the owner of GreenSilk.com. The company is committed to helping individuals live a healthier lifestyle through education, nutrition, the research of life science, and the development of Professional High-Grade Premium health products.
Recognized for her outstanding dedication and contributions to the health and wellness industry for more than 18 years, Moriah is a graduate of the Energetic Health Institute and the University of Southern California. Her interest is focused on researching the latest scientific breakthroughs in the holistic health field. She is currently working toward her Doctorate in Natural Medicine.
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