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Cucumbers And Casein

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Thanks Michael for finding all that out! Sorry if my post made anyone worry too much about produce :unsure:

This is so discouraging. I mean, fruit is the one thing I eat! We have an organic market 30 minutes away, and with the price of gas rising, we had stopped going. Would the wheat derived wax in an organic fruit wash off?? I know we don't know the answer, I am just wondering out loud.

Thanks for the heads up on this.

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My sports nutritionist recomends soaking all fruits in veggies for one hour in a solution of white vinigar and water to take all the wax/pesticides/coatings off of the skins.

Might be a good place to start, just in case. :unsure:

I was very depressed reading this - I live off of fruits and veggies. Ack! :o

I am pretty confident the soaking with vinigar process should help a lot tho.

Be well, namaste.

Quick question:

in our gluten-free utopia, would women be allowed multiple husbands? Cuz, we need at least one commune-like society where the women get the chance to have a harem too! Just to balance things out a bit!!! :lol:

* Diagnosed with Pernicious Anemia in 1992, "celebrating" 14 years of monthly B12 injections

* Self-diagnosed with celiac disease in 2006

* Waiting list for apointment with a GI specialist for official testing

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When this thread started I contacted Whole Foods about it. Here is their response, just came in today!

Dear Friend of WHFoods,

We are delighted you are using the WHFoods website as a resource for a Healthier

Way of Eating.

Many foods that have not been produced organically get subjected to treatments

that make them easier to transport and longer-lived in the supermarket. In

addition, non-organic foods can be packaged in materials that have been injected

with additives designed to permeate the food. In many cases, coatings and

packaging additives can be placed in a category of accidental additives that do

not have to be disclosed. You’ll find some fascinating discussion of the

wax-and-casein issues in the websites below. The third website will give you an

actual example of a produce wax available in the marketplace that contains


(1) http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-vegetables-wax.htm

(2) http://www.foodproductdesign.com/archive/1997/0497CS.html

(3) disease=24

We hope our response is helpful to you. Please continue to enjoy the website

and share it with your family and friends. We look forward to communications

with Readers like you who are interested in a Healthier Way of Eating.

George Mateljan and Your Friends at WHFoods

Michael J. MacCartney

gluten-free 2005-June-24 Dairy free 2005-July-26

gluten / casein intolerant

HLA-DQ 2,3 (Subtype 2,7)

Diagnosed Celiac 2006-April-24

Father of:

Michael II HLA-DQ 2,1 (Subtype 2,6) - Allergic to Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and milk

William HLA-DQ 2,1 (Subtype 2,5) - Allergy free

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Thanks for even more info Michael. I haven't read the links in-depth yet, but I'm glad WH Foods has something to back up their claims. It still looks as though there's a major difference between organic and conventional waxes.

I've been shopping at the farmer's market and the cucumbers I bought last weekend are definitely not waxed. I love the little signs they have next to certain items that say "no wax" :) One less thing to worry about.

"Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food." - Hippocrates

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