Saturday, February 26, 2011

Food Grade Wax

Other than 'ewww' , I don't have much to say about it. It sounds nasty. I read about this in a case the other day. I did a quick search and found out that food grade wax is used to coat foods to keep them fresh and to make them look shiny.

I've learned not to think too hard about what is in my food. Reading Fast Food Nation was quite traumatic. Then again, almost any food can be a turn-off if you look too closely. For example, who would want to eat this: (2R,3S,4R,5R)-2,3,5,4,6-Pentahydroxyhexanal? It sounds bad, especially the 'al' part which signifies that the chemical has an aldehyde in it. Aldehydes are generally toxic to humans, and other animals, I suppose. But this one is OK to eat.

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