A few days ago, I saw something on the internet about fake rice being made in China. Thanks to years of Chinese takeout, when I think of China I think of a nice, clean bowl of steamed rice. Sadly, this rice is not rice at all, but bits of plastic!
It should go without saying that eating plastic is bad for your health. The Bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic causes a spike in estrogen levels, and eating plastic rice is basically a one-way to ticket to getting breast cancer. Sadly, this isn't the only example of shady edible originating from China. The Chinese are taking the same methods they used to manufacture technology and consumer products quickly for as little cost as possible and applying it to food. This isn't just ethically unsound, it's just plain terrible for anyone unlucky enough to consume these products.
Foods You Need To Avoid
3. Apple Juice
Despite the fact that China is the largest pesticide producer in the world, a stunning 50% of America's apple juice - that you give your kids for lunch daily - comes from China.
4. Processed Mushrooms
U.S. inspectors have reported multiple cases of tainted mushrooms from China. Sneaky manufacturers will even put fake "organic" labels on their products to increase profit margins. 34% of processed mushrooms in America come from China, so the best bet is to buy them from a more local source instead (if possible).
5. Chinese Garlic
Garlic from China is often sprayed with a host of chemicals and preservatives that give it a terrible aftertaste. Nearly 31% of garlic in the U.S. is from China.
Chinese chicken was approved for sale in the U.S. back in 2013, but health experts haven't stopped voicing concerns over the conditions in which these birds are raised, which tend to promote diseases like the avian flu. Furthermore, China's rampant production and usage of pesticides has tainted much of their food supply.
7. Plastic Rice
Fake, plastic rice is usually made of potatoes and a synthetic resin. This rice doesn't soften after boiling, and ingesting it can lead to cancer in the long term.
8. Black Pepper (Actually Mud)
Chinese food safety and regulatory standards are... lax, to put it mildly. One unscrupulous vendor actually managed to pass off mud as black pepper and flour as white pepper! Not that the FDA couldn't use improvement either, but still.
9. Industrial Salt
Industrial salt is salt that is considered unfit for human consumption, but can be used for other purposes like increasing mud/soil density to make oil drilling rigs more efficient. Sadly, shady merchants sometimes attempt to sell industrial salt as table salt. Consumption of industrial salt can lead to thyroid issues, reproductive problems, and more.
10. Green Peas
In 2005, fake green peas were found in China, consisting of a mixture of snow peas, soy beans, a green dye that is a known carcinogen, and sodium metabisulfite (a chemical that's often used as bleach). These "peas" did not soften when boiled, and turned the water a sickly green color.
Now that you know about these foods, the best way to avoid them would be to be an informed shopper. Talk to your grocer, find out about local farmers in your area, and just generally ask lots of questions. Whenever possible, try buying locally and organically - your body will thank you.
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H/T: The Hearty Soul