DO NOT EAT: “Apeel” Produce!

If you’ve recently spotted your fruits and vegetables sporting a strikingly polished look, even at your trusted organic markets, you’re witnessing the effects of Apeel – a suspicious, shiny coating backed by none other than the tech tycoon Bill Gates. Apeel is currently making its way onto produce in health-conscious grocery outlets like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Sprouts, among others. This glossy, pleasing veneer is a derivative of the canola (rapeseed) and soybean oil processing industries.

But here’s the rub: Apeel contains (residual) artificial trans fat, a known culprit behind heart disease. Despite this, its creators insist that it’s “derived from plants.” Sure, rapeseed is a plant, but so are poison ivy and poison oak. Yet, we’re not seeing those being converted into shiny veneers for our fruits and vegetables, are we?

The question that demands attention is whether Apeel is a genetically modified offshoot of oil that’s being sprayed onto our organic produce?

The term “plant-based” has become a smokescreen used by Big Food and America’s GMO industry. Just because something is derived from plants doesn’t mean it’s inherently beneficial. There are millions of plant species on Earth that humans shouldn’t consume, so the “plant-based” label requires a healthy dose of skepticism and further investigation.

This is where the concern with Apeel arises. The data on its origins and processing is murky at best, and yet major produce companies are jumping on the Apeel bandwagon to glamorize their products, potentially at the expense of consumer health.

Brace yourself for Apeel-coated produce from producers like Index Fresh, Calve, Del Monte, Topline, West Park, Horton Fruit Co, Del Ray Avocado, Natures Pride, and many more. A host of well-known stores, including Costco, Trader Joes, Sprouts, Vons, Walmart, Whole Foods, and others, may also stock these dubious Apeel-coated products.

This new, shiny coating on produce, championed by influential figures like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey, may not be as “appealing” as it seems. Marketed as a “plant-based protection that helps the produce you love stay fresh for longer,” Apeel comprises “purified” mono-and diglycerides, a byproduct of hydrogenated canola and soybean oil processing. Even more concerning, Apeel is designed to be unwashable.

As for long-term health effects? There are no clinical trials, health studies, or long-term usage reports – just as the likes of Gates and Big Food would prefer it.

Lab-created preservatives are a serious concern. While they may extend product shelf life, they could be silently eroding the health of the consumers. The fresh food cultures in countries like Italy and France might offer a healthier model. In America, where consumers often buy in bulk, we must be wary of the synthetic and “plant-based” preservatives that figures like Gates are endorsing.

If you spot an Apeel sticker on your fresh produce, you might want to reconsider your choices. Who knows what the impact of this mysterious coating could be on your health? It’s time we start to scrutinize our food more closely. Visit to stay informed about potentially toxic foods and forthcoming food shortages.